Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Married off.

O God, who hast consecrated the state of Matrimony to such an excellent mystery...Look mercifully upon these thy servants. from "The form of Solemnization of Matrimony" in The Book of Common Prayer

Marriage. Marriage is what brings us together today. Marriage, that blessed arrangement, that dream within a dream. from The Princess Bride

Well, Mother, we were happily married this morning, and a very pretty wedding it was. from Busman's Honeymoon, Dorothy L. Sayers

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We did indeed get Beloved Sister married off. She is now Missus Beloved Sister, a title which made both of us say "Ack!" the first time we heard it.

There were no disasters. Well, there was one disaster, when the organ at the church shorted out and stopped playing, but that happened prior to the service. Double-stick tape and waterproof mascara stopped any other disasters dead in their disastrous tracks.

Beloved Sis looked amazing, like a portrait from the late Renaissance had walked out of its frame. The flowers and candles were lovely, and we didn't catch anybody on fire (thank God) or have any problems with arrangements of pepperberry and orange roses falling over on top of the ministers. Dad didn't trip on the way down the aisle, the groom didn't faint, the lights stayed on.

And it was a beautiful day. Seattle yanked out its best weather this weekend, with the fog burning off early and the sun shining its little sunny heart out. It was chilly, yes, but when you're wrapped up in silk and tulle (B. Sis) or black wool (me), who's going to complain about not sweating?

Everyone got enough to eat and drink at the reception, and the little groom on top of the cake only fell off a couple of times, which was funny rather than otherwise. Chef Boy and I had our foam fingers (the #1 foam fingers one waves at football games) at the ready, each decorated with names and dates.

All in all, it was quite pleasant. I have to go back to being a nurse this week, but this'll give me something to think about during unpleasant moments.


Dr. Alice said...

Many congratulations to you and Sister. Sounds like it was a great wedding.

Unknown said...

I love weddings! Kinda wish I could do mine over again :) Glad you had a good day, and your sis is now happily a Mrs.

shrimplate said...

We had a hand-fasting in a store called The Witch's Rune. Totally pagan affair.

Then we went to Montreal to see Circ du Soleil and the famous Klimt stuff at the museum.

Damn. Like it was yesterday. And yet our love, my love, grows without anticipation.

I could not be luckier.

Anonymous said...

I was *so* hoping to persuade the pastor to start out his sermon, "Marriage. Marriage is what brings us together." But I did not.

Therefore, it was a dweam wiffin a dweam when you opened your reception speech that way.

xoxoyr sis