A wedding story

My daughter got married this week. She and her husband had originally intended to have their wedding May 2, but the virus crisis clearly was going to prevent that gathering. Instead of delaying the wedding until the crisis passes, they chose to be married one month early in an essentially empty church. Their guests watched the wedding on YouTube.

My new son-in-law is in his last year of seminary. In a few days, he will be told where he will begin serving as pastor. The May 2 wedding was to have taken place in the seminary chapel. When the two of them first realized that the wedding would have to be rescheduled, their families considered the possibility they would just get the license and be married at the courthouse. In other words, they nearly eloped. (A future pastor and his bride, the daughter of a pastor, eloping—that would be humorous.) They were able, however, to arrange for a church wedding at a place that was already equipped to livestream its services on YouTube.

The groom and the best man were attired in formal Scottish garb—yes, including kilts. The bride wore a traditional white wedding dress. (She nearly had to improvise: the woman doing alterations on the dress had basically closed down her business because of the virus and could not be reached by phone. I don’t know the details of how my daughter finally got hold of the dress.) The bride’s sister was maid of honor. Because she works at a hospital, she was not able to take a day off for the wedding, so it was held at 8 p.m. In his homily, the pastor who married them commented on the unusual timing of the wedding—during the season of Lent, in the darkness of night, and during a pandemic.

So there were bride and groom, best man and maid of honor, pastor, musician, and one other woman who helped the bride and took part in the singing. They began with a traditional evening liturgy, then sang a hymn. We rushed around the house gathering hymnals and got to join in singing the fourth and fifth verses of the hymn. The pastor read from Genesis 2, delivered his homily, and then conducted the wedding ceremony. During the exchange of vows, the bride and groom had their hands bound together with a strip of cloth—another Scottish tradition.

As the father of the bride, I watched from the den. I was sitting in the same chair where I sat to watch the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. (We are never getting rid of that chair.) I was wearing a t-shirt, sweat shirt, blue jeans, and slippers. Other family members were present, as was the family cat. Popcorn was served.

This is not an April Fools prank. This is not First Friday Fiction. This is part of how the pandemic is rewriting life’s scripts for us all. I hope that you and those you love are well. J.

26 thoughts on “A wedding story

  1. First of all, congratulations. Best wishes to the new couple. I went to a wedding involving the men in the wedding party all wearing kilts. I was watching from the bride’s family section as the groom proved how slippery the ghillie brogues can be. His best man caught him before he hit the marble floor. A full Scottish wedding with singing the Psalms.

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    • The May 2 wedding was to have had all the groomsmen in kilts. I was not planning to wear a kilt, but I had already bought a necktie in the black watch pattern to wear. J.

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  2. It’s hard to imagine popcorn at a wedding, but nothing surprises me. The world 🌎 is certainly different,but it’s good to know that your daughter and her new husband were able to proceed with their plans. Congrats to you and your family and God’s blessings to all.

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  3. A wedding. It is quite proper that it be a time without baggage. Just the essentials. Man and woman in ;love united by a pastor who blesses the union with words from the Father. And it is nice to have dad witness the event. Pass the popcorn. 😀

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  4. Wow! This is wild, but you are right. It’s just life after coronavirus. Glad the wedding happened, even in it’s unique manner, at least family could watch.

    Also: congratulations to your son in law!

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  5. wow–this is joy amongst the anguish—this will be the best wedding to remember vs what it would have been—pretty and nice yes, but not nearly as poignant and uplifting as this.
    Maybe what they wanted or intended when they were first engaged but a story of resilience and triumph!!
    Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!!

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  6. This is absolutely beautiful! And I am encouraged that despite all of the fear of this global pandemic, your daughter and son-in-law are part of God’s beautiful story that love drives out fear. Blessings on all of you and especially the newlyweds as they trust God through it all!

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