They had a short engagement. They couldn’t wait to marry each other. The planning went smoothly; she found a dress on her first time out to look. They planned a small, simple May wedding. They liked the idea of getting married in May; He was always hot and it isn’t too hot in May.
She chose bridesmaids, he chose groomsmen. There were dresses picked, flowers arranged, the cake made and favors ordered. She was even lucky enough to snag the town trolley car for their departure vehicle; that was a good omen. They met with the minister who gave Him a lecture when He said he wanted to sky dive. They laughed about it later. The minister kept calling Him by his first name, instead of his middle name which everyone else called him. It made them laugh.
They arranged music, the sent out invitations. They had designed her wedding ring themselves; he just wanted a plain gold band. He talked about how, for their 10 year anniversary, when they had more money, he would buy her a second band to complete the set. There were final fittings, bridal showers, bachelor party and finally the rehearsal dinner. She spent the night at her parents’ house the night before; she missed him so.
The morning of the wedding came. He was going golfing with his buddies; she was getting bridal ready. She went for a walk with her Mom that morning and couldn’t stop saying “I’m getting married today!”. She had just graduated college the week before; it had been a whirlwind of a semester with student teaching and planning the wedding. And yet, miraculously, it was finally here.
She and her bridesmaids had so much fun getting their hair done, doing their makeup, getting in their dresses, taking pictures. Her Aunt came in and said that He had just arrived. She breathed a sigh of relief that he made it here safe and sound. She thought she was so clever because she had left him a card in his bag for the wedding day. He would discover it soon and be even more excited to marry her.
The trumpet sounded; her heart fluttered anxiously in her chest. She made the long walk down the aisle toward Him. All she could see was Him. He grabbed her hand as her Mom and Dad gave her away; the ceremony began. As they were taking their vows and the rings were being blessed, He kept trying to get her attention. Finally, he got her to look at the minister’s hands. There were three wedding bands instead of two. He had surprised her by buying the second wedding band 10 anniversaries early. Tears flowed steadily now.
A short Presbyterian ceremony later, they kissed as man and wife. They were both smiling from ear to ear as they walked down the aisle hand in hand. At the back of the church, he grabbed her in a hug and a romantic kiss. They grabbed each other’s face and said “I love you”.