Even though the Marriage Factory was closed on Monday, Labor Day, I still have tales to tell. I saved some stories from past weeks to cover the holiday.
A couple of weeks ago I was helping to train an intern. She had just turned 18, so could now do marriage ceremonies. She asked intelligent questions, took pictures, helped as needed. But she was a huge help with one group. We had a guest who was an elevator phobic. And the poor guy was only about 10 years old. So the intern walked him up the stairs to the Wedding Room. In our building to go to the next floor is at least 2 stories of stairs. I was tired by then and thrilled not to have to take the stairs.
We had another elevator phobic, a toddler. His twin loved the elevator, he was terrified. What had triggered a phobia in a child so young?
An example of the busy life of some of our couples. They had come straight from work, got married, and then changed into casual clothes, and took off to go to class in Berkeley.
I checked the license, the groom had just turned 40 the day before. When he walked up to me, I thought we have to reprint. His birth date is wrong. He didn't look over 16 years old. But he was really 40. He says he is always carded.
People get emotional at weddings, the couple, the family, the guests. I have even cried at some of the weddings I have done. People will cry silently, they will have a break in their voices. But this one was just weird. The couple were so emotional they had to stop several times during the vows to pull it together. One guest was sobbing loudly, crying and shaking, holding on to other guests. Just really strange. They all made it through, but I really wish I knew what the deal was. Like I say, I have no endings.