I almost called this post “Shock and Awe.” My baby sister Sarah decided to surprise the whole family by getting married today. She called me AFTER the wedding to tell me.
Oh, I forgot to mention that they had not yet even announced their engagement. My parents at least found out last night and were present at the wedding. I really, really wish I could have been there. She was getting so much flack from her friends about it that she was scared of negative criticism and did not want to tell anyone. Her new husband said she was so scared to tell my dad that she nearly had a panic attack, poor girl. My husband and I both suspected something was up at Thanksgiving dinner and were expecting an announcement that day. Something in their eyes gave it away. When they did not say anything, we thought maybe it was coming at Christmas, but they just could not wait that long.
I was told they were planning to wait a year to get married, but he is in the reserves and is being sent to another state in January for nine months. They did not want to be separated for that amount of time, so they planned a secret wedding. They got rings and she bought a wedding dress. After the wedding, she called me from the courthouse and told me the news. Then they went to visit the photographer, so at least I will see pictures of her in her dress.
This evening the whole family gathered together for an impromptu wedding dinner at our family’s favorite restaurant. Sarah had changed from her wedding gown into a cocktail dress because she did not want to wear her wedding dress to the restaurant. At least my mom took some snapshots of them at the courthouse and I will get to see pictures when they get the proofs back from the photographer. I had heard that she did not have a bouquet at her wedding, so I hastily visited the florist on the way to dinner and had a bouquet of red roses, white baby’s breath, and Christmas greenery made for her. Every girl should have a bouquet on her wedding day; it was the least I could do. There were fourteen of us present at the dinner, and it was nice to congratulate them and wish them well.
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Smith!