Yesterday was Camille and Shawn's wedding and it was very nice and very hot as the church was absolutely packed. As most people know Camille is part of the "baby boomlet" that the church had and you definitely could tell by the number of early to middle 20 year olds there were both in the bridal party and in the church as a whole.
Knowing that can you guess how many people were actually in the bridal party? Try. No really, try guessing. No you can't peek! People are just no fun sometimes. Really. Ok, now that you've guessed (you have right?) I'll tell you. 18! Maybe I've just lived in New England too long or maybe it's just because I've mostly seen Adventist weddings but that seems to me to be a prodigious amount of people. They had to be in two rows to fit on the stage.
The bridesmaids wore misty purple, tea-length, strapless dresses with a deep pinkish (maroon-ish?) purple tie around their waist. The men had matching vests and ties. The church was simply decorated with vines, candles and some flowers of the appropriate color.
They had three musical selections. One was a Josh Groben song (don't know why I find that funny), the third was When God Made You, and the middle was very sweet. Shawn wrote it for Camille and sang it for her before the homily. Why is it that it is only weddings that have homilies in Adventist churches? I think in catholic churches the sermon is always called a homily, but here you can say "I'm giving a homily" and don't even need to add for a wedding because if your giving a homily it has to be for a wedding. That and it sound so odd. Listen: homily. It sounds homely. Either that or like a relative of humus. Such an odd word.
Music, right. Anyway his song was very sweet and was about how God had given him a blessing in Camille. I think she teared up, but I can't say for certain. What else to tell?
It was the first time they had kissed. eeeeeeee!
His father gave the "homily" and Pastor Harry helped.
They had an Anne of Avonlea quote on the back of the program which I will reproduce here because I like it. It is found on the last page of Anne of Avonlea (I looked it up last night).
Perhaps, after all, romance did not cone into one's life with pomp and blare, like a gay night riding down; perhaps it crept to one's side like an old friend through quiet ways;perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sodden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betraying the rhthym and the music. Perhaps...perhaps...love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath.
Nice isn't it? Camille had "Anne's Theme" as her wedding march. I never would have thought of that, but it worked. It worked very well. It almost had me in tears. And I don't cry at weddings, not even my sisters'.
All in all it was a very nice wedding. The reception was outdoors at the Penner's house and it didn't rain, for all it threatened to all day. We didn't stay for the whole thing as our family just happens to be chalk-full of introverts who get tired out by a lot of people, and there were a lot of people!
I am so not going to do that if I get married. Be forwarned, if you think I my get married to someone, make sure you got to church with me. If I had my way I would just stand up in church and get it over with then. Unromantic? Yes, but very practical.