Saturday morning when we got to the village, I started looking through the keyboard selections -- once, then again. It wasn't there! Out came a 3x5 card and pen, and I picked out the basic tune as people began coming in. I was ready. After the men were on the platform, I started the song. The first couple of times were a little rough, but by the fifth time, I had it down pat. And by the 40th time, I had it memorized -- no exaggeration! I played, and played, and played, but the bride didn't come. I glanced at Keith, and he said to keep playing, and FINALLY the ladies came down the aisle. (I'm still not sure what the hold up was.)
|Mary and Charles first met at the church we started in the village|
* No rehearsal. We have never had a rehearsal here. The ceremony is just play-by-ear, since no one comes from the village until the day of the wedding.
* The guests clapped in time to the Wedding March...and any time during the ceremony when they agreed with what was said.
|The bride must kneel before her husband for the cake and soda.|
* The bride isn't supposed to smile. To do so shows her family that she is glad to leave them and portrays ungratefulness. The times when Mary did find herself breaking into a smile, she quickly dipped her head until she got composed.
|My handsome groom of 22 years|
* The bridesmaids sat down. I really don't know why they did, except that they saw the chairs and thought it would be nice to sit.
* The maid-of-honor and best man wiped sweat off the bride and groom frequently throughout the day.
* After the ceremony, the couple stayed on the platform and asked different people to come forward to get their picture taken with them.
|Savannah said the ducks wanted to get married, too.|
* Ducks waddled through the reception.
|After our meal, the ladies washed all the dishes in the midst of the banana trees|
with no running water.
* The cake was chopped - literally...or maybe I should say hacked. Only at the weddings where I have made and served the cake has it been nicely cut.
* The bride and groom walked around and served the guests the cake, with the bride kneeling before each group.
|This was probably the most beautifully decorated reception we have been to.|
Please pray that Charles and Mary will build their marriage on godly principles and be a light shining to their families and friends.