Amid a very rainy day in Ottawa, Kara and Adam were married at the Strathmere Inn. They had wished for some sunny weather so that they could possibly have it outdoors. This did not dampen their spirits.
I met them through a Skype meeting because they live in Bethesda, MD. I do this often for couples who are planning their wedding from afar. At their wedding were friends and family who traveled from Denmark and others who drove 20 hours.
Their wedding parties were mixed sex. This is something I see happening more. It is nice to acknowledge that brides and grooms have male and female friends.
Kara’s friend played a lovely violin for the entrance and signing the register portions of the ceremony. Her mum, Joan, read some Bible passages. Adam’s sister, Meaghan, read a cute excerpt from 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez that left people giggling,
“Madly in love after so many years… they enjoyed the miracle of loving each other as much at the table as in bed, and they grew to be so happy that even when they were two worn-out old people they kept on blooming like little children and playing together like dogs.”
The cake had a horse shoe on the top, a traditional symbol of good luck. It has been in the family for 50 years.
Finally, they perfectly recited their vows from memory. A feat that is not often successfully accomplished. I wish for them a life that is perfect for them.