Well, she was mostly kind!
The wedding ceremony was held indoors due to Hanna's rain. But just after Al and Carrie exchanged their vows, when the photographer was assembling the bridal party for the portraits, Hanna, bless her heart, took a breather. Soon after, the rain began again in earnest. And later in the evening, while everyone was out on the dance floor, the windows had to be lowered because the rain, blowing in nearly horizontal sheets, was making the floor too slippery!
Carrie was a stunning bride; Al a handsome groom. The ceremony was thoughtful, moving and celebratory - everything one could wish for. Kate, Carrie’s sister and Matron of Honor, had us in stitches with her toast. Mike, Al’s Best Man and friend since childhood, had us near tears with his toast and remembrance of Al’s late father.
It was such a fun group of guests - all 120 or so of us. Everyone was in high spirits. The food was delicious, the decorations charming, the music was toe-tappingly-irresistible. Chuck and I had a wonderful time. At the end of the night, voices hoarse from talking and singing; feet tired from dancing; cheeks aching from smiling; we all gathered our belongings and headed back out into the tropical storm.
After driving through torrential rain and dodging storm debris littering the roads, Chuck and I arrived home at about 2:30 a.m. today to find high winds had felled a tree on our street. We were without electricity, but not without resources. We donned the headlamps we had thrown in the car “just in case”, unloaded the car, fed the cats and headed to bed. Visions of rainbow colored disco balls danced in our heads as we fell asleep.
Thank you Al and Carrie!
We wish you good health, joy and contentment with one another, forever!