Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Our Wedding ~ Part One

We got up early that Thursday morning. There were still last minute things that needed to be done. Everything had to be perfect and the beds all made with their brand new bed spreads. Before long some of Mom's cousins from Oakland MD arrived. They would be taking care of all the food while everyone else was at the wedding.

While Mom told them about everything that needed to be done I went to get dressed. As I pinned my white cape and apron over my blue dress I couldn't help but think that this would be the last time I would be wearing white. I had always enjoyed wearing a white cape and apron to go to church during the months between spring and fall communion.

Once we were ready it was time to go to church. The rest would come later but the bridal party needed to be there at least an hour before anyone else. We had opted to not use the three seated buggy to go to church like they did at most weddings. We would walk instead.  There were dirty snow banks beside the road and the roads themselves were still dirty from all the salt and sand that had been sprinkled on them that winter. I hoped the passing traffic wouldn't send showers of dirt over our clothes.

Once we arrived at church we practiced walking to the front bench were we would be sitting and made sure that we could all stand up and sit down at the same time. Now there was nothing left to do but wait until church started.

We closed the doors to the little room we were sitting in so no one would see who was having part at our wedding until it was time to go into the main room.  LV and I sat by the window and watched as the guests began to arrive. Buggy after buggy drove in the lane and up to the porch to drop the women and girls off. As they drove past the window they would wave and smile. Vans started coming filled with aunts, uncles, and cousins from other communities. I had never seen so many people at our church before and they were running out of room to park.

A little before nine o'clock the bishop (my uncle) and ministers started walking towards the church house. It seemed different to see Daddy and my little brothers walk right behind the ministers but they wanted to sit on the front bench where they could see well.

As a long line of men followed we noticed that a few men were heading back out to the barn, Before long they returned with backless benches. They had run out of room for everyone to sit. Finally even those benches were filled and there was now standing room only. Once everyone was inside the church house the bishop announced that it was time to start services.

The song leader announced the first song and started singing. Little shivers ran up and down my spine as everyone else joined in to sing. I got up and walked to the adjoining small room and closed the door so the table waiters and our attendants could stay there until it was time to make our entrance.

As they left LV closed the door between the two little rooms and then sitting on chairs we waited for the next line of the song to begin when the ministers would come in to join us and talk to us. I had always wondered what they talked about on the morning of weddings and was now about to find out.

To be continued

25 comments:

  1. It sounds like you had a beautiful wedding.I have just discovered your blog am a follower,and looking forward to many more hours of enjoyment reading your blog. Blessings jane

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  2. What a wonderful day! But do you have to leave these cliff-hanger endings? It's like being back in school and having to hear the next part of the story a whole day later! I really enjoy hearing of your experiences and appreciate the time you take to share them. Even though I wouldn't mind if they were longer...

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  3. I dont suppose there were any photographs taken? So enjoying your story.

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  4. What a beautiful day! I can't wait for part two! Thanks so much for sharing your life with us.

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  5. I'm nervous FOR you about what those ministers might say!! Hope it was all lovely things about marriage being the grace of life! :D

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  6. I am enjoying your posts so much. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  7. I am getting more and more sentimental the older I get. I most definitely will cry at the next wedding I attend. I want to cry just reading about yours.

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  8. I've so enjoyed following your journey thus far. Can't wait for the next chapter!

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  9. I enjoy reading about your memories! I'm looking forward to reading the rest :) Hope you're have a great day! Karen

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  10. Oh my I cannot wait to find out what he talked about! How nervous you must have been! Blessings, Joanne

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  11. Pins & needles, sweetie! You have such a way of writing ...

    Happy Valentine's ~
    TTFN ~
    Marydon

    GIVEAWAY ends 2/11

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  12. How exciting! A beautiful story - can't wait to hear the rest of the story.

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  13. Sounds like a beautiful wedding. I look forward to the next chapter.

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  14. How wonderful so many friends and family came to your wedding! It sounds like it was beautiful. Can't wait to hear what the ministers and bishop have to say before you and LV entered the main section of the church house to be married.

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  15. I can't wait for Part 2! It sounds like a wonderful wedding.

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  16. Can't wait to read Part 2 of your special day.

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  17. You are the queen of the cliffhanger. I'll have to wait until I get home from work late tomorrow evening to read your next post! I can't wait. Thanks so much for sharing all your memories with us.

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  18. What an amazing story you have. Thank you for taking the time to share.

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  19. I just can't get enough of your blog. While reading it I keep waiting for more. Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us...how beautiful it sounds.

    Blessings~~~

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  20. Thanks for visiting m blog; I have spent quite a while here tonight going through your posts. You have quite a knack for crafting your memories into interesting snippets of stories for us! This was fun, and I'll be back again for your next installment!

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  21. This is an wonderful story...I'm fascinated. Weddings are so special..but this is like a step back in time.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    Donna @ Comin' Home

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  22. Thanks for sharing those memories. Blessings ~

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  23. your description helps to put an image in my mind. thanks rose

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