Today we attended a wedding. It was unlike any wedding I have ever been to.
The groom is a pilot friend of DH's. Well, not really a friend in the "let's go hang out" sense of the word. However, they have flown together a few times. This man is 40 and Hungarian...born in Argentina. He moved to Bolivia in high school. His parents have since relocated to Hungary. His bride is Slovakian.
This man lived a bachelor life....nice car, nice house, good job. One day, while on vacation somewhere "over there" he met her. I am guessing love at first sight, as they first laid eyes on each other at THE very end of December 2007 or beginning of January 2008 and as of today, they are married.
Seeing as how both of their families are NOT in Texas, their wedding was small. So small, in fact, that there were only a total of 13 people present: the bride, the groom, the pastor, best man, maid of honor, 4 guests, 2 coordinators, harpist and photographer.
As we sat to witness the vows, I was struck by how simple and beautiful the wedding was. As the pastor began to officiate, I was surprised to see the bride gazing into her future husband's eyes.....eyes that were closed tight. It seemed like a really long time that his eyes were squeezed shut. Steadfastly, the bride continued to listen and look. Gently, the pastor handed her a tissue, which she gently pressed into his palm. The pastor continued as the groom dried his eyes, smiled and began to admire his bride.
I thought back to my own wedding. Were we that in love? Were we that happy? Were we that nervous? YES! But I do think the old saying: "Love is wasted on the young" could possibly be true.
My hubby and I were 20 when we married. I had my dream wedding. I had a LOT more people than 13 attend. I had more than that in my bridal party alone. My hubby didn't cry. I didn't have to hand him a tissue. I don't know that it was love at first sight. Most first graders don't fall in love. But I know what we have, and I know what we feel. And I know it will last "till death do us part."
To my new friends, may you find the joy and happiness that my husband and I have. May you have God in your hearts and in your marriage. Congratulations.