They say true love conquers all, but how much can it really take? Weddings have always been a joyous time to look forward to, but I always felt there was too much pressure when it came down to it. I mean, it seems that everyone always dreams of this amazing wedding that people will always remember for years and years to come. I have been to quite a few weddings, but the one that sticks out the most was not the best of the best, but the best of the worst.
I was close friends with the groom; I grew up with him all my life. Him and his wife-to-be went through such great lengths to make sure that everything went according to plan. Months and months of preparation all for one perfect day that would be the start of a long, loving marriage. They made sure everything was absolutely perfect… or they thought.
The day of the wedding came around, and everyone was unbelievably excited for it.. except for the priest who just happened to forget he had a wedding that day. That’s right, we had to wait 3 hours before the priest showed up and for us to start the ceremony. You would think my friend would call ahead to make sure everything is smooth, you know, with it being the biggest day of his life.
Not only did the priest show up late, but the wedding rings were misplaced. I think the two most important things for a wedding to even happen are a priest and the wedding rings. It was pretty chaotic during the actual wedding. people were shuffling all around to try and find out where the wedding rings were. Now I’m not sure if this is a common thing, because I was a ring bearer when I was younger, and I don’t remember having the rings with me either. So who knows, maybe this is a mistake that people seem to make consistently.
Now it was a really hot summer day, and the air condition was not working in the church that we were in. My friend’s mother had been stressing all day, and all the commotion that was going on with all the issues at hand with the combination of how hot it was didn’t sit so well with her. She actually ended up passing out during the wedding. I was in complete shock, but we quickly learned that she was okay. We brought her some water and continued with the wedding.
Through all of the ups and downs of this weddings, it was still amazing to see my friend and his wife-to-be stare into each other’s eyes, as if no one else was there. They were smiling, and laughing, right up there on the alter, without a care in the world.
I know that all weddings have their issues, and I don’t hope for a perfect wedding, I only hope that I will love my future wife as much as my friend loves his. You can feel the happiness between them. Through heartache, through pain, and through the struggles, they still managed to make there not-so-perfect day, perfect.