The ceremony was actually full of funny stuff and the guests continued laughing on and off through the whole thing! First was the humorous poem "Love is Like Owning a Dog" delivered dramatically by Timmy, friend of the couple, and "He Never Leaves the Toilet Seat Up!" presented so well by Jacqui, Matron of Honor. Good job, you two! Then came the vows and ring exchange. Debbie and Bill had written their own very personal vows which they read from my book where they were printed upside down facing the couple. They included some very funny lines too which all of us enjoyed--like naps on the couch, roller coasters, poker games, taking out the trash and doing the laundry. While Bill was reading his vows I noticed a few drops of sweat running down his forehead so when he was finished I pulled out the hankie I always carry for tears, and mopped his forehead. The guests thought that was hilarious because Bill did have some moments of difficulty getting through his vows. Then came the drinking of wine from the cup of life to honor Debbie's Jewish heritage. The bride traditionally takes the first sip then the groom finishes it and so Bill said "bottoms up" and made a toasting gesture to everyone before he belted down the last of the wine--another good chuckle from the guests. I made the pronouncement, they shared their first married kiss followed by the closing blessing and the introduction of the newlywed couple to their happy guests! They danced up the aisle, no small feat for Debbie with that heavy wedding dress train! It was a great wedding ceremony and everyone really had a good time.
I especially enjoyed working with Karen, the wedding director, Pete, the DJ, and Larry Lynn who was assisting Kittie Deemer, photographer. I have done weddings with Karen, Pete and Larry before. Lynn Loomis of Lynn's Traditions did her usual spectacular job making the wedding cake--gorgeous--and the groom's cake which was modeled after Lady. What a fantastic talent Lynn has for cakes! She not only creates the cakes but she and her husband Bill transport them, place them and stage the table with the cake. Lynn and Bill also stay for the reception and she cuts the cake herself--after the bride and groom have done their cake-cutting ritual. Marty and I did not stick around for the reception, although we were invited to, but I would not be surprised to hear that the cake cutting had some funny moments too! Debbie and Bill are such a fun couple. I really enjoyed working with them to get the ceremony perfect for them.
Debbie, I am so glad you persisted with the outdoor ceremony. It could not have been better! The recent rain gave the photos a misty dreamlike quality that you will always remember. Congratulations to you both and best wishes forever! Call me for baby blessing ceremonies when you have kids! We will create some more humorous ceremonies for them, too! Lady, all the best to you! You are a great dog and so well behaved!