The day after the wedding is an interesting bit of time to negotiate. My thoughts take me back to yesterday at this moment when we walked down the aisle of St. Matthew Lutheran Church where in front of extended family and friends, Chris and Heather committed themselves one to the other in marriage. The ceremony was beautiful, emotional, and the view from the front row pew on the right side of the church made for unobstructed views of the wedding party. The vision of those two young people surrounded by the love of so many was powerful, the pastors words equally powerful. There were moments of humor, surprise, and of course misty and more than misty eyes all around. Ahhhh, weddings. Was I overcome with a flood of tears as I had suspected? That's the subject for another post.
The reception was dreamlike. The hours seem to float by on joy unfurled. Great food, drink, company, music, dance and toasts. The picture above shows the silver goblets and the wedding cake on Heather and Chris's table at the reception.
The goblets have a special history in our family. Purchased in 1966 by my sister Mary Margaret for my parent's 25th Wedding Anniversary, these goblets have been used in family weddings and anniversaries ever since. The tradition continues. The weathered box that holds them in between uses is covered with my mother's handwriting detailing the dates used and the particular event. I'm hoping I can get my Mom to write Nov. 14, 2009: Heather and Chris's Wedding on the lid of that box along with all the other names and dates when I get home to Seattle.
The wedding cake was a vision, replete with fall flowers. I'm sorry to say I never got a bite, so busy was I socializing and moving from place to place. Before I knew it, the honored couple stepped into the waiting limousine and was whisked away. More than one person told me, "Enjoy each moment; they pass so quickly".
Today is a day for memories, reaching back for the sweetness of those hours passed in the presence of all things that come from joy and hope.
Blessings to my son and new daughter-in-law. I love you!