At the end of the day, when the vows are taken, the rings exchanged, the cake cut, the dinner eaten, and the dances danced the most important thing is really this… these two people found each other, fell in love, and decided to marry not just each other, but their lives together. It was a beautiful day. Unbelievably beautiful actually. A perfect day. I felt that way, Karen felt that way, I think the guests felt it, and I know Mary and Martin did as well… which is really what was most important. The kids had a fantastically happy day.
The first dance. They did very very well. They’d been practicing for days. The kids sent their song, More Than This by Roxy Music, to Mary’s aunt and uncle. Don and Carolyn, Karen’s brother and his wife, had then worked with their dance instructor to come up with the moves for the song. After they worked out the routine they filmed it and sent it in pieces to Mary and Martin who then practiced after watching the videos. It paid off. They rocked it out.
Charles worked the room like a pro with that camera of his. He had it down, moving around the ceremony and the reception without making a spectacle of himself. Stealthy and unobtrusive. It’s an art form he’s obviously mastered. Until, that was, he put the camera down and started shakin’ his grove thing. Then he was a dancing machine!
Mary, Martin, and I had a bit of fun while we were wandering around outside near the Glessner House taking photos after the wedding as evidenced by the photo here. We had a little laugh about this and of course had to take a picture. I love hanging out with these two. One of the amazing things about marrying someone is joining another family. If you’re lucky you end up loving the family you join, and they end up loving you. I’m lucky.
There were some great speeches. Karen gave an amazing one that included a poem she wrote for Mary. I think everyone got teary during that one. Way to go honey! Martin’s speech was also good. You could tell, as he got going, he went into professor mode. Very engaging and a great speech. And then the girls and boys, in turn, gave speeches. This would be Martin and Mary reacting to something Mike, Martin’s brother, said.
This is what wedded bliss looks like. Martin and Mary and I ventured outside, just the three of us, after the wedding was over to get some shots. It was cold, hence the coats, etc., which I was sort of glad for. Otherwise they wouldn’t have been able to dress in these great outfits. Awesome!
The wedding venue was magically transformed into a reception hall in under two hours. Not bad. The Glessner House Coach House ended up being the perfect place for both wedding and reception. Simple, elegant, and a really nice atmosphere. Yay Glessner House.
And then there were the guys. Martin, like Mary, has great taste in friends. These guys were so much fun, and also very sweet. And yes, I know saying a guy is sweet is nearly the kiss of death, but I don’t care. They were sweet. Every one of them. I loved that Martin had such a great group of guys to be there for him. It was lovely getting to meet them all.
Karen took this one after I’d left the room. She took a few actually and they were awesome.
These ladies… what can I say? They were spectacular. Mary had such a fantastic time with them in Chicago. Karen and I know one of the reasons Mary enjoyed her experience so much was, in large part, because of these women. They are a great group. All of them intelligent, and caring, and fun. Karen and I talked a lot during that time and afterward about what a great group of friends Mary has. These women from all different times in her life. It says a lot about who they are, and also a lot about who Mary is as a person that she would gather women of this caliber around her. Here’s to you ladies… you rock.