Thursday, July 12, 2007
I love weddings! I guess that’s a good thing, as recently I’ve been very busy with my friend Becky’s wedding.
The good news is that the wedding came off without too many “hitches” and was lots of fun for all involved. And there were a lot of us involved.
Becky and Jessica, her now 13-year-old daughter, joined our church when Jessie was about 6-7 or so. (Jessie rolls her eyes every time I tell this story — she and I were standing in the back of the church, waiting for the music to light the candles by for church service and she asked if anyone had ever been married in the church [it’s 155 years old, so yes...]. I told her about some of the weddings and said some day, we’d all watch her walk down the aisle. She looked at me like I was crazy and said, “But you’ll be dead!”)
Anyway, the two, along with Becky’s finance Keith, are much-loved and very active members of our small, close, church family.
Becky’s parents are deceased, so Butch and Jane Thomas (my buddy and traveling companion) acted as her “parents” — Butch gave her away and Jane sat in the front pew.
Several of our “ladies” took care of the food for the reception and all of the children in the church participated (Becky teaches the youngest children in Sunday School and on Wednesday nights).
So, my contribution was not only making Becky’s, Jessie’s and Keith’s niece’s and bridesmaid Mika’s outfits, I also made 13 little girl dresses.
Becky’s outfit was gorgeous — she’s blonde and tan and her cream and champagne gold was just perfect. Jessie is just plain gorgeous, and hot pink and navy blue with pink polka-dots (and rhinestone very high heels) made her even more spectacular than usual.
Mika is tall and dark and her lavender, slinky dress was made in about an hour or so, Friday after rehearsal. She’s an RN at The Med in Memphis, Tenn. and finding time to come be fitted was almost impossible.
The 13 little girl dresses were lavender flowered sun-dresses. The girls were so charming as they paraded down the aisle, each accompanied by a “young man” of the church. Made all the work seem even more of a pleasure.
I’m somewhat at loose ends now though. I finished the last little girl dress Thursday evening and just kinda sat there stunned. Becky’s and Jessie’s dresses had been finished for a couple days and I couldn’t even start on Mika’s until Friday evening. What to do now?
Of course I coped somehow. I put the binding on a quilt top that had been pieced in 1938-39 (no, I didn’t piece it).
But the bride, her daughter and the entire entourage were beautiful. Keith was even beautiful!
Oh, and I had a new dress also! I bought it!
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