We rolled into the car-park.
(They didn't walk so slow.)
When they reached the end, Caleb dropped their hands and ran to his uncles for them to pick him up. He wanted to see it all too. The little girls had seated themselves on the step infront of us. As soon as the little ones had started walking down, the double doors closed again.
The music changed then to the Trumpet Voluntary. I tingled with excitement. All the guests rose to their feet.
The announcement of the congregational hymn, "Great is Thy Faithfulness," got me re-focused. The groomsmen pulled their programs out of inside their suits, while the minister handed us some.
"Ben, you may now kiss your bride!"
They exchanged wedding vows,
Today, is the day
of all their dreams and their plans
And all their loved ones are to hear to say,
God bless this couple who marry, today...."
He sang on. People smiled at the line about the children,
"And may their children be happy each day,
Oh, God bless this family who started today!"
It was like a final bendiction. It was beautiful.
The last notes of the wedding song faded away and the musicians began playing Handel's alla Hornpipe from the Water Music. The bridal party formed a guard of honor infront of the pews. The flowergirls scattered red and white rose petals. The brand-new bride and groom walked through and we closed in behind them. Hugs and pictures ensued.
We were all about to be herded onto a grassy slope when we were sent back. The grass was very soggy. The group photo instead was posed behind the bridal car. Dad, the flower girls and page boy were in the car, while the bridal party stood directly behind it. The guests formed a group in the close background. A family photo was taken and with that the group photos were over. The rest were to happen after the wedding. The bride and groom spent time with the guests outside the church before the reception started.
At 1.15 the hall doors were opened. I took a look at it again. It was so perfectly beautiful! As people were entering, my cousin asked for their names, ticking them off the list and giving them their table numbers.