Ivoryton, CT October 12, 2014
Written Oct. 14 in Philadelphia
The clouds passed, the skies were blue, the day was beautiful. The great weather was a harbinger of a fantastic wedding and of a marvelous day to celebrate the marriage of Deb and Rebecca.
On the second or third day together depending on arrival day, the group gathered for the 9 AM breakfast. The Incarnation Center’s breakfasts always included fresh-cut fruit plus apples and bananas, cooked oatmeal, yogurt and granola, and cereals/bread/bagels in addition to the hot foods which this morning were scrambled eggs, waffles, and hash.
The wedding ceremony would not be until 5 pm. Most people were able to choose among a variety of activities before the ceremony commenced. Of course, the really serious type had already gone for a walk or run at 8 AM. Many people gathered for a 10 AM softball game with kids and adults. Lest you think this was not serious stuff, there was a 30 minute stretching/warm-up period before the game. But despite the stretching there were some bloopers, blamed on lack of recent experience in softball. The less than major league skill level was not important to the spectators; cheering and cat-calls were directed equally to both sides.
Boy, lunch tasted fantastic after that strenuous exercise. Chicken Caesar salad, along with other salads, prepared the way for the freshly baked chocolate cookies. In the afternoon, it seemed most people opted for an easy afternoon, boating activities on the lovely lake with fall colors was the most popular strenuous activity.
But not all could sit down and read the Sunday paper. A number of friends had generously volunteered to be responsible for specific areas of the decorating process. Decorations had to go up in the dining room and the lodge party room. The bar had to be re-stocked. Hair and make-up seemed to be a critical task for some. Tables had to be set just so for the dinner.
By 4 pm Deb and Rebecca gathered with immediate family for photos. Guests began to arrive shortly after and were greeted by Rebecca and Deb. The Incarnation chapel was filled to capacity as the brides walked down the aisle to sounds of “Breaking Light” by Vienna Teng. The ceremony was written by the two brides and included emotional and heartfelt blessings written by Rebecca’s sister Beth and Deb’s sister Sarah. And thus a union was formalized; a union that others have seen as being so right for each other. Or as the David Haas song that was sung said:
“I will weep when you are weeping, when you laugh,
I’ll laugh with you. I will share your joy and sorrow
till we’ve seen this journey through.”
The celebration continued in the Lodge. The Incarnation Center cooked a “Thanksgiving” dinner of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry relish, green bean casserole and cooked carrots along with salad and rolls. Toasts were offered by Pete, Flo, and Chris and Ed.
Dessert was in the lodge main room with the bar and dancing. Much effort had been expended in previous months taste-testing the offerings from various bakeries. Unfortunately I was not one of them but I salute the results of that difficult assignment. A selection of personal size desserts was presented including chocolate mousse cups, pecan pie, lemon tarts, peanut butter torte, german chocolate torte, cupcakes, etc.
Then the party began. By now, everyone pretty much knew everyone else and the dancing and conversation intermingled generously. The dancing continued until even the most steadfast was tired. A great ending to a great beginning of a marriage of two wonderful, loving people.
Chris and Ed October 14, 11 pm for October 12.
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