The bride is beautiful and the groom even more handsome than yesterday as they recite the vows they have written. We honor their wishes and do not use cameras or our cell phones to take photos.
After some drinks and snacks in the courtyard we make our way into the reception. The heavy appetizer buffet is a delight with people gently arguing about what is the best. I can't decide between the tenderloin with Bearnaise sauce or the gumbo. The music is "all vinyl" and people quickly fill the dance floor. I didn't think I would ever be to a wedding again where Proud Mary is played, but here it is (along with other classics), calling us to dance.
Months and months and months of planning come to a quick close and it is all so beautiful. The memories will remain not just with the bride and groom, but for all of us lucky enough to be with them today.