A timely wedding ceremony

The ceremony was to start at 5:00 pm for this timely re-marriage. The bride (56) and the groom (59) seemed destined to be together – but it took all this time to get there. Both of them had been previously married. However, the bride’s friend had always thought that her brother would be the perfect man for her. When it happened that they were both single, the bride’s friend made the introduction.

The rest, so they say, is history. The day of the wedding, the bride’s friend was the matron of honor. She and the best man (the bride’s brother) entered the room first, to Pacobel’s Canon. The bride and groom processed in together, arm-in-arm. At the onset, I made special recognition to the fact that the bride’s mother could not be here because of illness.  I also acknowledged that both fathers, who had passed,would have been pleased.

The ceremony went on without a hitch. The bride and groom professed their vows with conviction. Finally we came to my favourite part – when I declare them married. As I did so, I noticed the bride checking her watch. I figured she wanted to know what time the declaration had been made. They sealed their vows with a kiss and exited to the audience’s applause. The matron of  honour was now the bride’s sister-in-law and the best man, the groom’s brother-in-law.

Apparently, the bride told her Mum to raise a glass at about 5:15pm to toast them. I hope she toasted them on time – I declared the happy couple married at 5:16pm!