And I’m back! Hopefully things will settle a little bit now. Yeah, I know, the holidays are coming so I’m dreaming. But right now, I feel like I have breather
And now onto the wedding. It all came off beautifully! Here’s the bride and groom in a photo I stole from my new daughter-in-law’s social media:
They did their vows on a terrace outside the country club where the reception was held. When they got to the “Will you take this woman to be your wife?” part of the vows, the officiant only got out the first three words before my son answered, “I will!” Everyone laughed, and it was truly sweet to see my strong, silent son so eager to make his best friend, and the love of his life, his wife. Both of them radiated joy and excitement, and total confidence as they and their commitment to one another forever. The whole day and evening was filled with happiness.
One of the special moments for me was the mother-son dance. First, I didn’t know they were going to do it. Youngest hadn’t mentioned it (not kidding when I say he’s strong, silent type.) I was fine with skipping that part since I don’t dance well anyway. Then they announced the dance, and I glared at Wizard when he laughed. He was all done with his toast and happy to have all eyes off him. Anyhow, here’s my son and I in a cell phone shot Wizard took:
A little bit into the dance, Youngest said, “Do you recognize the song?”
I was pretty nervous, and just trying not to do anything stupid or clumsy, so the song didn’t really register. Before I could answer, he said, “It’s an Elvis song, Mom. I picked it for you.”
Then I really heard “The Wonder of You” by Elvis Presley. OMG! When the kids were little, I had an Elvis Presley CD I loved. I listened to it all the time. I know Elvis was slightly before my time, but for various reasons, I loved his music–especially at Christmas. My Elvis obsession became a family joke and a Christmas traditional. Then Youngest did this for me on his special day and I was touched beyond words. I’m sure I cried, but what I remember is the stunning love I felt for Youngest that quite literally took my breath away.
By the way, my tears started before the wedding when I walked into the bride’s dressing room. But to be fair, she started it, LOL! She teared up the second I walked in, which almost made me cry too, but I held out. That lasted about a minute, when she gave me a beautiful bracelet with a charm that says “Mother of the Groom” on one side, and “My Other Mother” on the other, along with a sweet note. How could I not cry? I’ve known her for something like 12 years now, and have watched her grow from a shy girl into a beautiful, confident woman. I truly love her and her gift trigger tears of love and joy.
Youngest is gaining a new family that loves him just as much! He now has a second mom who will always be there for him too.
It really was a romantic, magical wedding between two people who’ve supported one another through hard times on their journey to their happily ever after.
Today is also Wizard and my anniversary. Happy Anniversary to the man I said “I do” to a few decades ago!
So that was my weekend, how was your weekend, and is your week off to a good start?