So anyway, I arrived 30 minutes early, giving me enough time to look around the church (it was simple but pretty), inform the coordinators that I was there to represent my mother (she was one of the Ninangs), introduce myself to the groom, and say a quick hello to Gracie and her mom who were waiting in the bridal car. Promptly at 3:30pm, the entourage started walking down the aisle. And, just like what I always do when I attend weddings, after watching the bride for a few seconds, my eyes turned to look at the groom’s expression as his future wife did her march. That and the exchange of personal vows are always my favourite part of weddings...these moments really capture how in love the couple really are with each other.
Salme had prepared his vows beforehand which he read shyly; afterwhich, Gracie confidently said her impromptu vows. Finally, the time came when the priest announced them husband and wife, and the newlyweds exchanged their first married kiss amidst our cheering and clapping. The picture-taking immediately followed during which the godparents were asked to sign the marriage contract, and then we all headed to the entrance of the church to wait for the couple and throw rose petals as they exchanged another kiss.
My uncle and I then headed to L’Aquinum Garden which was just nearby. Again I was one of the early birds, which was just as well because I didn’t have to wait in line too long to have my photo taken at the photobooth. Salme’s mother was standing just in front of me so I struck up a conversation with her.
The time came when the emcee called me to say a few words. Even though I was shocked and nervous when Gracie asked me a couple of nights earlier, I felt honoured at the same time. I just hope that my short speech entertained and inspired everyone who was listening that night.
It was a simple, yet beautiful wedding...and despite everything she’s been through, I’m glad that finally, Gracie found true love and married her God’s Gift.
*photos taken from Gracie’s facebook account and my camera phone