When we did our tasting I knew right away that the chicken cordon bleu had to be served. I am still kicking myself for not eating more of that dinner. I should have had someone box it up for us but I was a little side tracked, just being married and all. As dinner was finishing up, it was time for speeches.
First up was Joe’s best man, Anthony. His speech was funny, but very sweet. He gave us all a big laugh by asking me to place my hand on the table, then asking Joe to place his hand on top of mine and then making the joke that this would be the last time he would have the upper hand.
Then it was my sister Connie’s turn. She had to go and give a seriously sweet toast that made me tear up. She quoted Pablo Neruda: “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” I had this quote put into our wedding album, it will always make me think of this day.
Our first dance was to “Dancing Away With My Heart” by Lady Antebellum. After more dancing it was time for the bouquet toss. We played “All The Single Ladies” Duh. I know my sister was gunning for that thing. But it was the youngest of the bunch, my cousin Jamie who caught it. I guess that’s bad news for the rest of the girls because there is still at least ten years before she can get married.
That’s my “Don’t you dare get this cake all over my face” look. He’s a smart guy, and knew to get that cake fully in my mouth. We danced, we mingled, we drank champagne. It was a blast being around so many of our closest family and friends. It went by so fast, it was truly the best night.