Our guest blogger, Joe, is back. Not only does Joe write about the marriages to help me, he has become our TV Buddy. Regular readers know we are having issues with installing our satellite dish, so no TV at our place. Last night was the premiere of Downton Abbey and Joe and Sue had us over to watch it with them. Good caring friends.
My apologies to Miss Janet. The holidays have been a period of
activity, not least at the Marriage Factory. Here's a rundown of
last three weeks.
The day before the weekend before Christmas Eve
was surprisingly busy,
with almost 10 weddings (that means 9), a couple of
mentioned the predicted end of the world. Several of the couples
kids, none cuter than the little one who held her mother's bouquet
front of her and said, "I'm a bush!" One of the grooms, taking me
a judge, asked me how I came to marry people. I explained how
become a deputy marriage commissioner, and he seemed interested.
with Miss J back, we still need all the help we can get.
cutest couple were a pair of "hipsters" - piercings, ear gauging,
lot. She wore a short ecru dress with a blue petticoat that
New Year's Eve Eve Eve Eve Day was slower. Images: a
slowly pulling petals out of her mother's bouquet, examining
dropping them on the floor. A bride in a raincoat and boots
removed the coat to reveal a beautiful red wedding dress with
tutu-like skirt. A wad of gum on the underside of the podium. (Gross)
like that reassure me that I'm not getting baselessly
crankier as I'm getting
older. Sometimes, that crankiness is
This Friday started with a kerfuffle
over foreign language ceremonies.
I'm qualified to do weddings in Spanish
& English. We have staff who
can do weddings in Cantonese, Lao,
Vietnamese, and Mandarin. A couple
had a Mandarin wedding scheduled, but the
person who does them had
work to attend to, so I took up another couple for
As I was talking to the upstairs clerk about the
couple, my couple overhears and decides they want a Mandarin
too. 2 problems: 1) I'd already printed my name on the
normally, the clerk could just reprint it, but 2) the license is
San Francisco. Solution from the HoR geniuses: I did the
necessities (what I call "Do you/Do you/Power vested in me"),
marrying the couple, and the Mandarin-speaking clerk did the
ceremony. Everyone was happy, and no reprinting was
The rest of the day was busy but less complicated. Lots of
dresses, including a floor-length white gown, a tea-length white
with lace side panels, a mini with snow boots, and a "little
dress" in orange. The snow boots couple had recently lost their
and so had his/her tags wrapped around the stems of the bouquet.
are forever awesome for doing that.
apparel: the bride & groom in matching 49ers
jerseys. Go Niners!