Guest Blogger Joe Mallon has written about last Friday at the Marriage Factory.
My shifts at the marriage factory have been slow lately, averaging 5
or 6 couples. Today, things were a bit busier. I married 15 couples
in 3 1/2 hours. That's one couple every 14 minutes. For the entire
time I had at least one couple waiting to be married.
In such a whirlwind, a few stood out:
The couple who held their 2-month-old as they said the vows. The
mom/bride was so happy she grinned ear to ear the entire time. The
dad/groom looked shellshocked, but relieved after the ceremony.
The couple whose toddler would not stop running around the wedding
room, pulling on everything. I rarely stop a ceremony, but I did
twice to try to stop the kid. No dice.
The couple who were obviously completely in love with each other and
with getting married. He was wearing a suit with a boutonniere and
she had a simple lace dress and wrist corsage. I don't get choked up
often, but that one had me smiling very broadly.
The couple whose guest was just a minute away from joining them - for
Lovely clothes, bridal division:
* Black-and-white checked minidress with black heels and a canary
* 2 floor-length shoulderless gowns, one floral with a beaded
neckpiece and one red and scalloped
* Turquoise Chanel-inspired suit
* A few lace dresses, all perfectly appropriate
Not lovely: the groom in "snakes and car grille" t-shirt and ball cap.
Again a big thank you to Joe for sharing his experiences as a Marriage Commissioner.