Saturday, July 14, 2007

I'm Getting Married In the Early Afternoon

Just so I might someday brag that so dedicated am I to The Readers that I posted on my wedding day:

The vast majority of the rehearsal was employed in Josh The Pilot and I looking at each other all, "Do you feel weird? Because I feel weird. This is weird."

Weddings bring about huddled masses like this: Esther The Pending Sister-In-Law, Julie The Nephews Mama, Jim The Small Child Nephew, Carah The BFFE, and my father. That's a basketball team you want on your NCAA bracket.

I stood with the five of them at the back of church awaiting processional instructions. Processing at my church is a major logistical operation; there's an enormous Hot Springs Portable Spa holy water font smack at the bottom of the aisle, and you have to commit to breaking right or left the second you enter the church. There was a hushed conference about this, and at last we consulted the priest, who confirmed that we should "just surprise people."

I untensed slightly when we got everybody up the aisle--including, blessedly, a ring pillow-one-handing Jim--and concentrated on the creation of this most prayerful and dignified event, a moment solemnized when I glanced from the altar to see the groomsmen doing the Wave in their pew.

The dinner part was particularly awesome, because I got clothes and jewelery. Lois The Pending Mother-In-Law plaided me into the clan, because that is what happens when a German marries a Norwegian Scot on Bastille Day.


All tables were fully stocked with Legos, including the bridal party's, which allowed us to appreciate the Best. Groom Cake. Topper. Ever:


The bachelor party is currently underway, complete with the bachelor's sister, a cat, and both of Fletch The Extremist's parents. The less I know about this, the better. So since my fiance met this site before he met me, here's a rehearsal dinner goodnight kiss:

The next time I see this man will be at the altar. Don't have much else planned for tomorrow; I think I'll get married.

rehearsed at: mbe@drinktothelasses.com

40 comments:

lynn, the air force wife said...

Congratulation, guys. I wish you both much happiness.

ShannJ said...

3 hours, 38 minutes and counting! I can't wait. Best wishes to both of you!!! :-)

Jill said...

Best of luck today. May you have many, many happy years together (and many little Catholic/Lutherans)!

Starnarcosis said...

Oooh! This means the next time MB posts she'll be Mrs. Josh the Pilot! Yahoo! Congratulations!

KD Easley said...

Congrats MB and Josh. Many Many Happy Years.

Abby the College Student said...

Which is more scary, the fact that you posted on you wedding day or the fact that I checked here because I somehow expected that you'd post on your wedding day? We may both start worrying now.

Congratulations, and, as trite as this sounds, I wish you all the happiness on the world.

anne the reader said...

Congratulations, best wishes and much joy!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mary Beth and Josh!

With faith there is love - with love there is peace - with peace there is blessing - with blessing, there is God - with God there is no need. ~Old German Blessing

May joy and peace surround you both,
Contentment latch your door,
May happiness be with you now;
God bless you evermore. ~Scottish Blessing

May your network ever be connected,
May your words ever flow.
May your readers be ever faithful,
And your published works ever grow.
~ A thirty-something reader's blessing

~Anne in Iowa

kredin said...

Congratulations. Remember to take a breath now and then. Enjoy your day.

Someone said at our reception: Isn't it great to find the one person you want to annoy for the rest of your life?

Everyone married for more than 2 weeks was rolling on the floor. My wife and I didn't get it. We do now. You will too. It is so much fun, but it doesn't come without the effort. Best of luck to both of you.

(My wife & I have been annoying each other for 18 years, as of yesterday.)

classickelly21 said...

MB-
I have been thinking of you all day and hoping things are going smoothly. Glad the rehersal went well and your new MIL didn't "accidently" stick you as she was plaiding you.
Have a wonderful time on the honeymoon. I look forward to your NYC visit in Sept. I will clear my schedule for it.

Happy the bride the sun shines on.

Laura in Virginia said...

Congratulations!!!! I am so happy for you two!

Carrie said...

By now you are married and I missed it! However, I did come back from the VI with a great tan. I can't wait to see the pictures!
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. JtP!

DivineDivorcee said...

best wishes-- and i really do mean that :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! It happened while I was asleep, but many many congratulations from Australia.

A blessing. Hmm. Well, from drought-stricken Melbourne:

May your water-tank always be full
May the beers in your fridge be many

And that's as I can go without breaking out into wry self-referencing parochialism.

Enjoy the beginning of your life as Mr and Mrs The Pilot and post many many photos when you get back and unwrap all your presents.

Alexandra from Melbourne

ShannJ said...

Congratulations to you both!! It was beautiful (as were you), and we had a great time!

And, I can't believe you got into your blog to approve all those comments! (But, I did come back to check ;-))

Anonymous said...

YAY!
Marriage is fun!!
(and a little hard,
but mostly fun!!)

Kristen said...

AAAAAHHHHHH congragulations MB & Josh! Happy wishes from the boondocks of SC!

boblawblogger said...

Yaaaaaaay! Congrats! And I must say, the Lego wedding cake toppers are AWESOME. Anyone who has Lego at their rehearsal dinner is bound for a life of happiness and small scandinavian plastic toys.

amy lou the reader said...

Oh happy day!

God bless you both.

Carol Rose ERAU said...

Congratulations!
Here’s to many, many years of happiness and memories!
-C Rose

SusannahS said...

Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Josh the Pilot!
BTW, which clan? My family is Clan Gregor (MacGregor, or McGregor).

tamar said...

Yay! Start the (years long, if necessary) countdown for the mini-blone pilots! J/K of course. Take this time to let you love blossom and grow. I am very happy that you have found your one and only. :)

red pill junkie said...

Congratulations you bunch of WEIRDOS!

PS: Anne in Iowa, are you SURE that old german saying wasn't actually written by Yoda?? ;-)

Anne Marie said...

MB & Josh:

By now you are hitched! How thrilling! I hope the day was wonderful, magical, and full of love, which I am positive it was. Congrats to you both!

Also thank you, MB, for your excellent blog. It's one of my very favorites for its wit, voice, and insight. Hope you are having a magnificent honeymoon!

cheers!

AlaskaMe said...

Well the Honeymoon should be well under way if you post in the next couple of days we are seriously going to worry. Congrats and hope everything went well.

Kristen said...

Secondarily, I'm blaming you for the fact that I've had "Get Me to the Church on Time" stuck in my head for 3 days. What power you have!

josie the teenage reader said...

Congrats! Happy thoughts and blessings your way :).

lisa the college student said...

lots and lots of congrats. i agree; you'd better not post on here for at least the next few days! hope you two are out enjoying yourselves...

willow3x3 said...

By now (Tuesday morning) you are married! Congrats. (No more bachelorette pads...ever!)

Kristina said...

Hope you had a wonderful day and enjoyed every minute of it! Sorry I couldn't be there but I was thinking about you.

Tamar from Michigan said...

**Ahem** mini-blonde pilots, is what I meant of course. :)

Jeremiah the Twin Brother/Best Man said...

BTW, the thing about the groomsmen doing the Wave....yeah, true story!

college gal said...

Congratulations all the way from Athens, Greece! I've been out of the country for a bit, but I had to stop at an internet cafe to check out your blog before I went to Crete for the weekend.

Best of luck to the new Mr. & Mrs. JTP :-)

grammar_queen said...

Belated congratulations and best wishes!

Brent Bowen said...

Congrats MB and Josh The Pilot!

Anonymous said...

RPJ,

Yeah, those crazy Germans/Yodans. I thought it odd syntax-wise, but what do I know? I'm Italian; we speak with our hands! 8^)

Anne (from Iowa!)

Janet the Reader said...

We miss you guys, hon...

Heather said...

ROFL Janet, hardly think they're going to care about that (and rightly so) when they're having a week of gettin' jiggy with it for the FIRST TIME(S;)) in their WHOLE LIVES!

MB said...

Many thanks to all for your much-appreciated good wishes. They're going in the wedding album, which will perhaps near completion sometime around our golden wedding anniversary.

Janet The Reader said...

You SEE Heather??!! She DOES care!

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