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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Dancer Wedding: Part II The Wedding and Party

The day turned out exactly as the weather man predicted, overcast but still with enough light to take good pictures and thankfully no rain. Having an outdoor wedding kinda gets a big kink in it when it rains. I walked down the aisle with my groomsman with the BIGGEST smile on my face.

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Of course once I saw Ms. Dancer start down the aisle I started to cry like I knew I would. The wedding proceeded perfectly without a glitch until the time came when Ms. Dancer had to hand over her parasol and flowers. In the rehearsal we had forgotten to practice that. No worries I took her parasol and then her sister took her flowers. But then Ms. Ivey right next to me had to go do a reading and well she needed someone to hold her parasol. So at one point it was a bit awkward, me holding three parasols.

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Cheers went wild as the couple sealed the deal with a kiss. Sniff sniff it seems like just yesterday when they met.

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Mr. Rogue was seated during the wedding and caught a great photo that really captures how HAPPY the bride is as she walks down the aisle with her new husband.

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Say hello everyone to Mr.& Mrs. Dancer, they make such a great couple.

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As the sun slowly set the photographer took advantage of the great light and posed everyone for some photos. I got a few of these pictures from a friend who positioned herself right behind the photographer. We took a group photo with all the girls. Each of the girls had a particular color, mine was a tangerine peach which I loved.

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Mrs. Dancer was the most beautiful bride. I really adore this photo of her and can’t wait to see the photographers shots in a few weeks.

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Her sister and I were by her side trying to help organize the train, hand her flowers or her parasol and basically be the minions of the photographer. We were great partners in crime.

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Once most of the obligations were out of the way I got to hang out with my own tall drink of water. Isn’t he just the most handsome man ever!

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When you plan a wedding it is hard to imagine everything coming together. All the peices of the puzzle have to be assembled and then you just hope for the best, expecially since you are not the ones setting the things up or taking them down. Mrs. Dancer did a FANTASTIC job, everything was perfect and so them.

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THE FAVORS

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CURTAINED ENTRANCES TO THE COTTON DOCK

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PAPER LANTERNS AND STRING LIGHTS COVERED THE CEILING

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MRS. DANCER’S MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHERS WEDDING DRESSES

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INSTEAD OF A TRADITIONAL CAKE THEY HAD A TABLE OF HOMEADE PIES

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THE COTTON DOCK WAS A FAVIORITE HANGOUT

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YUMMMM ORANGE’N CREAM

The bridal party was introduced one by one and we walked and started dancing the twist.

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A song just for the happy couple.

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And then Mr. Rogue caught a photo of me in the back reading over my speech one more time. I was really hoping that I could make it through without crying and that I would be able to say the speech from memory. Won on both counts, I just kept a mental image of WWF wrestling in my head.

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My speech
Every birthday as I blew out my candles I wished for a sister. Then one day in middle school that wish came true just not the way I expected it too.
She didn't live in the same house as me but I saw her every day. If we were not together you could follow the phone cord wond through the house into my room where she was inevitably on the other end of the line. And in class it wasn't the lecture I was diligently writing but rather a note to her. Now the phone is in my pocket and our notes have been replaced with texts but the one thing that hasn't changed is our friendship.
I remember the first moment that she entered my life 20 years ago; the memory of me running track and her kicking my butt. She made me try harder and that is what a great friend does. We still can't agree who won the race but ever since that moment we have been running side by side.
Loving someone for so long you learn their secrets. See into their darkest corners. You celebrate their best moments and help them pick up the pieces in their worst moments. Like a great friendship that is what a great marriage is too. It isn't always pretty but it is a beautiful thing.
What made me realize that Mr. Dancer was right for Mrs. Dancer was the way she glows when she is with him. I have never seen her so happy and so at peace as she has been since he entered her life.
And so I ask you to raise your glass to my sister and the love of her life.
To Mr. And Mrs. Dancer

At the end of the night there was a sparkler send-off. And then it was time for sleep... what a long long night.

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2 comments:

lilmansworld said...

beautiful dress, beautiful bride, beautiful couple, beautiful MOH, beautiful, bridal party(especially the parasols), beautiful party, and beautiful speech. SO lucky you have found your sister from another non-mister(?) love you

paul peggy zeus said...

What a heart felt speech. I love the parasols and I still remember when you were both just little girls, now you're both married and all grown up.

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