(Would you believe I was only 13? No? Well, it was worth a shot.)
We were in love.
And life was very, very good.
Little did we know what God in store for us when we joined hands and said, "I do" on that day.
OK, we're married. So now what?
My brother-in-law Kyle pulled this one on me. He'd only been married into our family for a short time, and since he wasn't a blood relation, I TRUSTED HIM. That was the last time I made that mistake!
WARNING: Do NOT try this on a bride or groom who do not have a sense of humor. You will not have fond memories of the day that make everyone laugh. And I do not want to be responsible for the ensuing umpteen years of, "Remember that awful joke..." that you will be subjected to.
So, back to the dance. Kyle had the wedding party all come to the dance floor. We were all given brown paper bags, and the rules of the game were that we were to put the bags on our heads and dance around until we ran into another person. Then we could take our bags off and sit down.
I thought it sounded like fun! I'm sure the champagne may have had something to do with my enthusiasm.
The music started and we all did as instructed. Except everyone else had been briefed beforehand to remove their bags and walk off the dance floor, leaving me to groove on my own.
Which I did.
The whole while I was under that bag yelling, "Where is everyone?"
I couldn't hear a thing over all the screaming and clapping from all our guests. I thought that was just to throw off the dancers.
Finally, I figured that if anyone could cheat, it was the bride, so I took my bag off and realized everyone was screaming with laughter.
Check out everyone's faces. We are all howling with laughter!
I love that everyone who was there had a great time and that Jeff and I are still married and laughing about this 15 years later.
So many things have changed in 15 years. Dreams have been realized, priorities have changed, waistlines, hairlines, and hometowns have shifted. But so many things haven't changed.
We are still young.
We are still in love.
And life is still very, very good.
Alex, Amelia, Isaac and Sam with Mom ~ June 2008