Thursday, July 26, 2012

Joe tells us more

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
15 minutes.

Lovely clothes, bridal division:
* Black-and-white checked minidress with black heels and a canary
yellow cardigan
* 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. 


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