Finally, the conclusion of THE WEDDING.
So we're back in the church...
So we're back in the church...
Why is the bride still waiting in the limo? I'll tell you why. When we arrived the two best men came out and asked, "Where are the stefana/crowns?" My heart at this point starts to pump like mad. I get out of the limo, enter the church, and walk up the aisle to my mom, who was smiling and saying how pretty the big candles are.
"Mom, did you see the man who delivered the candles where he put the silver tray with the stefana?"
When mom turned white and shot her hand to her mouth I knew there was a BIG problem.
You see, you can have a thousand candles or no candles, but if you don't have those crowns to place on the bride and groom's head to bless, there's NO CEREMONY.
Now I'm a very calm person so I went in the office to call the store to see what happened and if they could PLEASE bring the stefana asap. The lady on the phone said the man forgot them in the truck. Now, I don't know but when you pay an arm and a leg for things and them being Greek knowing full well that the stefana are THE main items along with the rings needed to begin a ceremony, it begins to irk you the wrong way. An apology would have sufficed but I got a "things happen" response that had me forgetting I was in church at the moment. I only remembered when I heard the man who chants in the ceremony giggle. I apologized, hung up, and walked out of the office to let the mother in law know what was happening. Poor people were hearing me rant and rave in Greek but no idea what was happening.
A bit later the priest comes out of his office and tells me at this point (1:30 and the marriage was to be held at 1:00) that if the crowns don't come soon he won't have time to perform the ceremony because at 2:00 there was another event. Let me backtrack, at this point it was already about ten minutes past the time the rude lady on the phone told me the crowns would have arrived.
Now look closely at this picture...see the glum faces? See one of the best men looking down toward the door? See the shadow? That's me, a very angry and pissed off mother of the bride with my future son in law's cell, dialing and cursing...softly. Everything would not have exploded, I would not have said I was going to rip someone a new you know what IF that lady on the phone didn't tell me "Things happen, what do you want me to say. Next time come take the crowns yourself." Holy Toledo, she just didn't say that to me. No apology, no nothing. "If those crowns are not here in two minutes flat, you are getting the bill for this ceremony THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN unless your man gets here on time. You're BLEEPING Greek, how could you forget to deliver the crowns!!!" At this point I see the man running across the street with the silver tray and crowns. "I have nothing more to say to you until I see you in person next week. God help you!!!" and I hung up on her. Turning around I see all three limo drivers giving me thumbs up. I giggled and got back in the mood of the day.
My gals were happy campers albeit a bit embarressed at mom's, um...demeanor. GRIN.
The groom and his parents were relieved and I don't think there is going to be an Italian/Greek war. hehehehe They are, like I mentioned in my previous blog posting, a sweet and awesome family. The groom's smile is almost singing...GOING TO THE CHAPEL AND I'M GONNA BE MARRIED...
Hubby and me were delighted to go down the aisle with our beautiful daughter finally.
The ceremony begins.
The crowns were blessed, criss-crossed three times by one of my twins, the blessing continues with the drinking of the wine from the same goblet...
And yes, I shortened the church portion, gave you only the highlights of our woes that did turn out perfect at the end. The priest was fantastic; did the service in Greek and English with no hesitation, and sped through it like he was wearing Jim Hartley's Superman costume. hehehehe
and the bride and groom were pronounced man and wife, and we sped outta there for pics and then off to the hall where the dancing, drinking, and eating commenced.
To the happy couple who are off on a cruise...
I wish you nothing but love and happiness.