Maggie and Mike met while doing community theatre. Mike proposed at a theatre...and so, of course, they had a theatre themed wedding. It began with the "Save the Date" magnet that looked like a ticket for a play. The wedding venue was the Rialto Theater in Joliet, Illinois. The reception was in the lobby. The pictures will convey the beauty of this place. It reminded me of some of the places we visited while traveling in Europe this summer. In fact, Ray wondered if it was patterned after The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.
Here is a quick outline of the wedding: The program was a playbill. The play (wedding) was "My Favorite Place." It began with a slideshow (created by Maid of Honor, Sarah Ward) projected on the big screen. We all felt like we were at the movies. Mike and Maggie wanted their wedding to be fun for all. I began to wonder if the whole wedding was going to feel like a play...a production. Part of me was relieved because I had been asked to do a reading...and I feared I would begin to cry while reading it. Hmmm...I can just picture myself as an actor in a play and be able to distance myself from the emotions that were surging through my body while watching pictures of Mike and Maggie.
After the slide show the curtains were drawn, the lights went out, we were sitting in darkness waiting for it to start. Suddenly, music from "2001 Space Odyssey" ("Also Sprach Zarathustra, by Richard Strauss") boomed loudly bringing us all to attention. Lights began flashing on the stage. You really need to watch this video to get the full effect. If the video doesn't work, this link will get you to it. Mike's intro
Wasn't that cool? You can hear the audience clap and shout. Yes, I did say 'audience', because it felt like that. This was fun! But a tiny part of my mind kept wondering if the solemnity was going to be lost in all of the fun. I stuffed that thought down deep, sat back and tried to relax knowing I still had my reading.
|This was the view from my seat...and then my battery died.|
|Jackson and Abby before the Wedding|
I will spare you the video of me reading "Apache Wedding Blessing." I did get through it with no tears, so I felt it was successful. My sister's brother-in-law, Danny Anderson, read "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" before I did my reading. Both went well...and then time for exchanging vows. They had written their own vows and by the time they were finished I was choking back tears. That tiny part of my mind that was so concerned with the ceremony being too light hearted (frivolous) settled back...satisfied that those vows spoken were to most touching I have ever heard. Listen to them and you will agree that these two love each other to their very souls. If the video does not work, this link will take you to Wedding vows .
I will put a few pictures to end this post. My camera's battery died at the beginning of the ceremony (play) so I am using my nephew's (Nathan) and a few from Ray.
|We each got a ticket at 'Will Call' telling us|
where we were to be seated.
This is a short slide show of Abby and Jackson.
|Wedding Cake with their silhouettes including Poppy (And they|
did not smash the cake into each other's faces...thank you!)
|Groom and Bride Dance|
|Father and Bride Dance|
|Mother and Groom Dance|
|Marquee at Night|