Wednesday, December 28, 2011

number 26!

 Happy Anniversary, Rudy!
I've got YOU on my mind.


Rudy's Best Man shakily withdrew the boxed wedding ring from his vest pocket. We could hear the ring bouncing within the walls of the box. Rudy and I looked at each other. Then we laughed.

After receiving the ring, Rudy turned toward me. Smiled. I stood there, looking down. At the bouquet I was holding. I managed to glide my left hand toward Rudy so he was able to place the marriage band on my ring finger. He laughed while trying to slip the ring onto my finger. The ring jiggled in his nervous fingers. I laughed, too, nervously. He held my hand for a minute. We both looked at the ring and smiled.

"The ring signifies unity," the Pastor clarified.
Rudy smiled. I kept wetting my lips, rubbing them together. I was shaking, just a little. Feeling anxious. Nervous.
I turned toward my Maid-of-Honor to receive the ring from her. I think I should have put the bouquet down or given it to someone. But I just held on to it in my right hand. Held it up while I tried to place the ring on Rudy's left ring finger. I couldn't push it on. I had to use my right hand, flowers and all, to steady his hand. 
We smiled at the immaturity of it all.

"By the authority invested in me, I pronounce that you are now husband and wife. You may kiss the bride."

And, kiss Rudy did! He wanted to make it very passionate, but I wasn't having it.  All I could think about was that my parents were watching. I pulled away. Giggled. Rudy laughed, lightly. Smiled at me. Then we hugged. We turned. And faced the small crowd of family and friends who joined us during our unifying moment.

18 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary Daphne and Rudy!
    May you have many many more.

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  2. Laughter always heralds the best marriages. Congratulations.

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  3. What a wonderful moment shared! Love it... congratulations on 26 years!

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  4. Thank you for sharing this beautiful moment in your's and Rudy's wedding ceremony.

    Very sweet!

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  5. Awww, this was so sweet! Your description of the kiss reminded me of a scene in The Wedding Singer. They were discussing the appropriateness of that kiss and the term "church tongue" was used. :OD

    The Wedding Singer: “Church Tongue”

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  6. Happy anniversary mom and dad I love you guys!

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  7. Happy Anniversary! Here's to many more laughter filled moments for you both!

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  8. How very special. Happy Anniversay! Wishing you a Happy New Year and thank you for you for visiting my place and your special comments. I look forward to engaging more with you in 2012. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  9. How beautiful- happy anniversary and a very happy new year to you and your family x

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  10. So beautifully written. Happy Anniversary to you both!

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  11. Happy Anniversary! 26 years is such an amazing achievement ♥ Love the photo, your wedding sounds like it was a beautiful day xx

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  12. A very Happy Anniversary to you and Rudy! You both look far to young to have been married 26 years! Whatever you're doing is working! And I think the only time I've passionately kissed my husband in public was on our wedding day. Just couldn't help myself, parents looking on and all!

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  13. I love the story and the sweet picture! How both of you glowed!

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