Week 35: Weddings. Tell us about your wedding. You may also talk about your future wedding, the wedding of a relative or shape this question to fit your own life experience.
I described my wedding in my very first post for the 52 Weeks of Personal History and Genealogy. Our wedding was Jan 1, 1975 at 2pm Baptist Church, Horton, Kansas. My sister was my matron of honor, and I used 9 of my 10 nieces and nephews in the wedding party. My mother insisted I have all of them or none of them, so I went with them all. I had 4 candle lighters, so I had to be sure to have lots of candles, 2 flower girls and 2 ring bearers. One niece helped at the guest book. The very youngest niece was only 18 months old and wearing a cast from the waist down one leg and about ½ down the other. She just got a dress like all of the others. A good friend – Joe Mitchell was the best man. Jack Ryan another friend sang for the wedding. Mrs. Midland, a fellow teacher, played the organ.
My sister made all of the dresses out of light blue polyester, trimmed with lace, and dark blue velvet ribbons. When she was finished with all of the dresses, she had enough fabric to make simple jackets for the 2 ring bearers.
When we were ready to take pictures, we realized that Richard had not put on his bow tie for the ceremony at all. He does have them on in the pictures after the ceremony. A tie was hand painted on the pictures taken during the ceremony.
About 5 years ago, we were giving the video that my brother-in-law had made of the wedding. He could not film during the service, but it has before and after. The 8 mm film had been transferred to VHS. My youngest son, took the video, edited it, then added “The Wedding Song” which was sung at the service, and produced a short video, which he put on DVD for me. Not long ago, I sat and watched that 5 minute video, and relived some memories. I wish I had the capability to put that video on here, but I haven’t figured that out.