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Wedding Day Recap
July 12, 2011 - Steve Schulwitz
Wow! It has been a long time since I have blogged and am happy to finally post an update! To my defense, I have been sort of pre-occupied. I got married and took a brief, but enjoyable, honeymoon.
Those of you who follow my blog know I have shared the entire process with you. From the delivery of the "big question," through the hiccups of planning. I have offered advice to others who are considering exchanging vows and cracked a few jokes along the way. Now it is time to put a bow on my saga and reveal how our wedding day unfolded.
The biggest concern for Andrea and I was weather. We were to be married outside, and rain would have dampened (excuse the pun) the whole event. I woke up at 5:30 a.m. the morning of the wedding to the sound of, you guessed it, thunder. Please God no, I thought, and an hour later the rain moved out of the area, the sun broke through the clouds, and the temperatures hovered in the 70s for the remainder of the day. Thank God.
Watching my wife and new step-daughters walk down the aisle in their dresses brought tears to my eyes, much to the delight of my best man, Paul Blair. He still makes wimpering noises every time he's seen me since. Hey bud, if you read this, remember – your day's coming. It was, however, my favorite moment of the entire day.
We arrived at the hall and the wedding party made its entrance, complete with Pabst Blue Ribbon cans in tow. Still here Paul? I bet you're grinning ear to ear at the mere mention of PBR? We took a few minutes to walk through the hall and say hello to as many people as possible, while our friends, families and co-workers all offered their congratulations and, in some cases, pity.
After dinner, which was interrupted often by the banging of tables and the rattling of silverware demanding my bride and I kiss, we cut our three-tier cake and fed one another. As badly as I wanted to smear frosting over her face and hair, I figured it would be more wise and safe to gently place a small bite of cake in her mouth. She was not as kind, as a slice of cake the size of a Volkswagen got crammed in my face! I'm still removing frosting from my nostrils a month later.
Aside from our first dance as husband and wife, a moment that will live with me forever will be the mother and son dance, which I shared with my mom. We danced to "The Wind Beneath My Wings," and of course the tears started boiling in the middle of the dance. Man I'm such a baby! Make no mistake about it, though. This wedding would never have turned out if it wasn't for the love, support and patience of my mother and father.
As the party began to wind down, a part of me never wanted it to end. Another part, however, said enough is enough, I want to go home with my new bride and ... take my shoes off, because my feet were killing me!
The caterer, photographer and disc jockey were all we had bargained for and more. The meal seemed to please most everyone and the DJ, what can I say? He went beyond what we had hired him for. He met us at the entrance of the hall, walked us through how we would be introduced, and presented us with a gift. He had given us a CD of the songs we had requested to be included in the night's set list. Very cool. He played an extra hour and a half and HELPED CLEAN UP THE HALL! The name of the disc jockey company is Outer Limits DJ Service out of Cheboygan, and I can't heap enough thanks upon them for the job they did. Thanks Jerry.
Krista Tacey, who was a photographer at the paper, took the pictures and documented everything for us. Her work and artistic talent will keep the days leading up to the wedding and the day itself fresh in our minds through her photos for years to come. Thanks Krista, you're the best.
I want to thank everyone. My friends, my family and my co-workers. They all stomached nine months of wedding talk and tolerated my whining when it seemed like things were unraveling due to logistic problems. And thank you to those of you who take the time out to read this blog. I have enjoyed your comments and advice. I hope you enjoyed the humor and seriousness I tried to offer as Andrea and I prepared for our life together.
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