I'm still home but my mind is already at the wedding I'm officiating this afternoon.
Unlike the average couple getting married, I'm not nervous as their officiant. Instead, I find myself in awe of the privilege I have with just the right words, to create a legal bond between two people that is already built on love. We had the rehearsal yesterday, and I know that today I might not even recognize them because of the hair and makeup on the ladies and with the gents being all dressed up rather than in tank tops and shorts.
I'll finish this after the ceremony and while I still have my day-long smile, I'll have yet another flower girl or adorable ring bearer story to tell. Until then, I cannot wait to see who I hand out the tissues to. They are often given to the ones who don't think they'll need them.
Update to come several hours from now!
Post Wedding Ceremony Update!
I predicted correctly that I'd have another flower girl or ring bearer story to tell! In fact there were some firsts for me! When kids do or don't do their jobs in these roles, it's still cute! So what were these firsts? Let's start with the flower girl. Twice during the ceremony she walked from where the bridesmaids were over to the bride and said, "Just kiss!!" Who couldn't laugh at that? I didn't know if the bride was going to be able to compose herself!
|picture from another wedding|
Okay, now for the ring bearer. He had a meltdown outside of the building and was face down on the deck drinking milk. We were a little concerned that he would not want to hang onto a pillow so they tied the rings onto his favorite stuffed toy, Pluto. Someone had to go out to the deck to get Pluto with the rings. Here's the other first! The Best Man got to hold Pluto during the wedding ceremony!
In all these years of officiating weddings, I've only been wrong with one wedding. How's that? I know that the groom is going to shed the tears first. Once again, I was right. I never get tired of seeing tender moments like that.