Wedding Story Part 2

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I ended up wearing the first dress. It fit right in with the evening reception, along

with my youngest daughter’s insistence it was more ‘current’ than the other two!

I would love to share Nate and Holly’s love story with you, since it has been awhile

since I have shared a love story. If you have time, I have about 30 other ones in

my past writings! They cheer me up, as it is interesting to know how people met.

 

Nate and Holly knew each other since the fourth grade.   They say they  ‘went out’

or ‘were going together for about a minute!’ This was shared by the minister during

the ceremony. She said she was ‘charmed’ by how Nate told her that he ‘spent the

next eight years trying to win her back.’

 

About 6 years ago, they ran into each other in a local saloon, the Back Stretch, where

several of the Delaware High alums of 2004 were gathered. Nate really knew that this

might be one of his last chances to catch Holly. So while talking to her, he leaned over

and whispered, “That girl over there keeps hanging on me, could you pretend you are

my girlfriend and kiss me?” The minister chuckled, when she told the congregation

gathered, some like me, who did not know this fact. She even slyly added something

like what a great line and how wonderful that this worked.

When her sister was getting married, my daughter Felicia and Holly were bridesmaid

and Maid of Honor. Holly asked if she could bring Nate, even though he had only been

on a couple of dates with her. Megan said, “Sure, if he REALLY wants to get to know

us, this would be the perfect setting.”  Megan and Breck got married in a late summer

outdoor wedding, they had been high school sweethearts. They have a little one year

old boy who rode down the aisle after the flower girl with a boy who must have been

a three year old cousin, pulling him in a wagon.

Nate had mentioned to Megan at the wedding, something like, “What’s not to love

about your family? They like dancing and drinking and so do I. He fit right in, Megan

told us in her Matron of Honor speech.

Here are two of the beautiful speeches, almost poetic in their simple loving meaning.

The first was read by a good friend of Felicia, who was in her Confirmation class and

brought his very cordial wife.

Matt read:

His hello was the end of her endings,

Her laugh was their first step down the aisle,

His hand would be hers to hold forever,

His forever was as simple as her smile.

He said she was what he was missing,

She said instantly she knew,

She was a question to be answered,

And his answer was, “I do.”

(no author given)

 

This is the lovely passage at the end of the British cast  movie.  Felicia and I have

watched this for the past 13 years since 9/11/01. The meaning of love everywhere

entranced us, the Christmas Spirit is present throughout, and it has a little PG-13

action, so it isn’t one you would show anyone under that age. Colin Firth, Hugh

Grant, Liam Neeson and others are outstanding. As well as a sweet actress who is

played by Martine McCutcheon. She adds to the romantic tone of the movie, in

this international story, as the aide to the Prime Minister. Emma Thompson and

Alan Rickman have a different kind of love story in this movie, married with one

of them participating in a ‘dangerous’ flirtation. Their story has a really funny

element, where one of their children plays a ‘lobster’ in a feast. I love the song,

which creates a bittersweet tone in their stressful lives, sung by

Joni Mitchell, “Both Sides Now.” If you wish to listen to it, the 2000 version

shows an ‘older and wiser’ songstress singing about ‘not really knowing love

at all,’ with a grand orchestration. This newer version is more textured and

was chosen specifically for one of the scenes, where Emma’s character is

rather frustrated with her life. The Colin Firth story has a maid/housekeeper

who is not able to speak English, which creates comedic episodes, with clever

subtitles in it.

 

Felicia read:

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the gates at

Heathrow Airport. General opinion is starting to make out that we live in a

world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that.   It seems to me that love is

everywhere.   Often, it is not particularly dignified or newsworthy,  but it’s

always there- – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives,

boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the twin towers, as

far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages

of hate or revenge- – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a

sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”

(Hugh Grant, playing the character of the Prime Minister, speaks these words

while you see people greeting, embracing and parting with hugs from all kinds

of international cultures, shown in their apparel.)

 

The reception was held in the second floor of the Clippers Stadium, so I do have

photos of Felicia and me, with the background behind us of the baseball diamond.

The place was cold, it is heated by radiant ceiling ‘pipe-like’ things. I got my popcorn

which the bag said, “It all started when he popped the question.   Holly and Nate,

October 4, 2014.” There is a dug-out café, also Tansky’s Grille and other interesting

parts of this location. When the sun went down and the lights of Columbus lit

up, it was simply the perfect, idyllic location for an Autumn wedding. The couples

came up the stairs from the first floor, while the DJ and announcer called out

first the couples where they were bridesmaids and groomsmen, then the Matron

of Honor, (sister of the bride, Megan) and the Best Man (brother of the groom.)

We had ‘ordered’ when we ‘R.S.V.P.’d’ our meal which mine was a grilled chicken

breast with a balsamic dressing, a tomato butter, freshly cooked green beans

and pasta in a garlic sauce.

 

I met some people I didn’t know at other tables, but knew the family of Doug

and Lisa, along with their children who are grown and out of college. They

each had a date, Lisa’s younger sister is planning a wedding next year and

her fiancé was encouraging her to ‘take notes,’ along with showing a little

excitement for the next wedding in their family.  I met and exchanged my

phone number with a woman in her fifties who likes country music, goes

to different activities and mentioned a reasonably priced concert coming

up in Columbus. I mentioned I love movies and going out locally, since I

tend to like to have one or two drinks and worry about sleepiness while

driving back from Columbus. Unless I could pre-arrange staying with my

youngest daughter in what is now called, “Olde Towne East.” We will see

if Pat calls me, since I was not as enthusiastic about a Thursday concert,

the one that is low cost.

I spent a lot of time with the bride’s grandmother, Ginny, who has been

a good friend for more years than the two children knew each other. She

and I met at a nursing home, where I was the activities director for over

four years. She was the home’s hairdresser, so we teamed up with her

bringing down people to the activities room, along with my assistant and

I, had coffee and donuts along with a weekly craft time. It made me feel

‘good’ for my own self, but not so much for the current residents, ones

who lived there after I was hired up at the preschool with the special

needs little ones. She told me that basically they didn’t collaborate or

work their schedules around her clients’ scheduled days (she works as

a part-time hairdresser, only twice a week.) Of course, it is a bittersweet

thought when she compliments me this way: “It never was the same

after you left! Lori, (my assistant) moved on to drive the disabilities van

and the city wide system bus.”

I got up and danced with the bridesmaids to a nice Chicago tune, then

pulled Ginny up to the dance floor for “Twist and Shout.” I ended up

leaving after ten o’clock, while the night was still ‘young’ and lively!

It had been a perfect day for a wedding, after all.

A little rain is supposed to bring you luck, along with the sun popping out,

when the couple came out of the church, bubbles floating around their heads.

The wedding party boarded a trolley car which whisked them somewhere

not divulged, to take photographs and begin their celebrating a marriage

I do believe will last.

It began at such an innocent age allowing time to grow, develop and

become true love.

 

 

 

 

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22 responses »

    • Thanks for calling me a ‘trooper,’ Beth. I wasn’t like you were that time out celebrating with your friends, though. You sounded like you beat that cold into submission, Beth! smiles!

  1. Sounds like it was a wonderful wedding! I love the way you seek out to know people and their stories Robin – you are a dear heart 🙂 I tend to do the same especially when I meet couples or elders. I always want to know how they met (it’s the romantic in me) or if they’re older what wisdom they can impart from years of living. Love Actually is one of my all-time favourite movies (I have a hard time resisting Colin Firth).

    • Yolanda, I enjoyed these comments and your compliment, too.
      Oh so glad to have you in the Colin Firth fan club with me! I always would choose him for Bridget Jones, too! Smiles!
      I appreciate that quality in you, listening to all people, especially elderly, for their wisdom and love stories, too. I am so glad you also consider “Love Actually” one of your all-time favorites, too!

    • I know that we need to meet up and I will show you them on my phone! Thanks, Becky and I enjoyed reading about your son’s wedding. It is always nice to have children’s friends getting married, like you said, it does seem to bring a lot of wistful memories of times that flew by far too quickly!

  2. What a fun wedding, Robin! Like yourself, I love to hear the stories of how couples became a couple. Our newspaper used to run a “How we met” piece every Sunday. I was disappointed when they cut that piece.

    • I love that idea for a column, Jill. We would be ‘good at getting the details’ for this joint venture! You, in your neck of the woods, and I, over here in Delaware, Ohio. It is fascinating how many could be made into movies, too. I liked during the movie, “When Harry Met Sally” they would show examples of people, some of different cultures and backgrounds, explaining something about their marriages. (They were actors but it seemed so real!) Smiles!

      • I loved those segments of the movie as well, Robin. Oh my, I love that movie. I’ve probably watched it at least twenty five or thirty times…along with “You’ve Got Mail.” 🙂

      • “You’ve Got Mail,” is a great one, too! I am always happy to sit down and watch the whole thing, or while flipping channels, Jill, the movies ‘grab me’ and I cannot help watching until the end. When I am watching old movies, Jill, like “Brigadoon” last month, I thought of you!

    • I will continue to do the twist, the Electric Slide or the Macarena, until they quit having those silly dances at weddings and gatherings! I happy to share with you, Jen! Will you get up and dance with women, while you have Mr. S. around?

      • I am so glad you said this! I love the expression handbag in the middle, Jen. I was up there with the bridesmaids, the grandma and the little kids. Just right and it felt good to not worry about anything!

    • Thank you, Rasmi. I did feel like I looked good in the dress, although I had hoped to take the black sweater off, it was a cold evening and unless you got under those heat rays overhead, it was chilly. Probably didn’t help my stiff neck, either! But I really wanted to take part in all the activities. There was a great idea for weddings, the Jenga game wooden pieces were each given to us, to add our thoughts, blessings or wishes on. The table said, “Help us build a Jenga game with personal messages for Holly and Nate” (or something like this…)

      • It was fun, since people were giving their family perspective to them. Never go to bed angry. Kiss and Make up, etc. It was very interesting and wish I could write all the ideas, some were a little more complicated and don’t remember how they went!

    • I am so glad you saw the movie and remember the comings and goings. I love to sit in airports watching people, it is very special to be able to view their demonstrations of love for each other.

    • Thanks, Hollis for your summarizing this up in such a great way, “two meant for each other kids.” Exactly, they will be together for the rest of their lives. They really showed this, all through the night. Smiles!

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