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Five things that could have ruined our wedding.
1. The pastor I grew up with was too ill to do the ceremony. Our second choice, a pastor who had also been one of our professors in college, was unavailable. We ended up with a guy named Reverend Bump. Our initial meeting confirmed his name suited him.
2. It rained HARD all day and my cousin called to say we wouldn't be able to use his Model A because it didn't have windshield wipers.
3. The zipper in my dress split open when my mom zipped me into it. Being the smart cookie she is, she tried again, nonchalantly suggested we put a few pins in for good measure and didn't tell me about it until the next day.
4. We wanted to take communion as our first act as a married couple. Due to my miscommunication, we discovered a few minutes before the ceremony we had no bread. We scrounged the church kitchen and found some croutons. We later wished we would've checked the expiration date when we spent half the wedding digging them out of our teeth.
5. We decided to do traditional vows AS WELL AS our own statements to one another. Did you ever have to give a really important speech in front of 400 people when your insides were already mush?
Five things that DIDN'T ruin our wedding.
1. Reverend Bump turned out to be a pretty decent guy. He apparently listened intently to our personal statements and used them later in his message to make things more personal for these kids he'd only met once. Most importantly, the marriage is still legal!
2. It quit raining toward late afternoon and the sun came out. The rain served to cool off what could have been a hot August day. We had a beautiful evening and the time of our lives cruising to the reception in the rumble seat of the Model A.
3. The dress held secure with no mishaps until we didn't want it to anymore. Enough said.
4. We still laugh about the croutons. Chewy! Ew!
5. When I finally got down the aisle and saw how excited my man was to being marrying me, I didn't think too much about other people. He held my hands tight as I told him what was in my heart and it felt like we were on campus after one of our romantic walks, planted in front of the Jesus window, dreaming about our future together. I could hardly stand still as we recited our vows knowing our future as husband and wife was finally beginning.
Fast forward nearly 22 years and we're still together. Still. God is GOOD!
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