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The Wedding Ceremony

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on November 21, 2018

As we lined up in the foyer prior to walking down the aisle at Treasury on the Plaza in St. Augustine, the tension in the air increased. Finally, it was our turn. My husband and I went in next-to-last. Inside the doors, we stood aside so our daughter could appear alone in the doorway for everyone to admire. We then joined arms and walked down the aisle together as is the custom in Jewish weddings. The moment seemed surreal. I didn’t hear the music or see individual faces. It was hard to believe we were really there at our daughter’s wedding.

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The ceremony was beautiful, incorporating many Jewish customs. Our daughter looked radiant, and the groom wore a grin the entire time. They performed the custom of circling seven times to represent the seven days of creation. In a more modern fashion, the bride circled three times and then the groom did the same. They made the last round together.

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Finally, the groom smashed the traditional glass with his foot, and it was done.

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The beaming couple strode down the aisle, followed by the attendants in the prescribed order. We went next, trailed by the groom’s parents. The attendants and bridal couple went outside for photos while the rest of us segued into the cocktail hour.

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As I roamed around greeting people, I grabbed an appetizer and promptly spilled it on my gown. My very expensive beaded gown. This was Mishap #3 (or 4, if you count the snap on my dress popping as described in the prior post). In the dark, the stains on the skirt might not show, but they would be glaringly obvious if the photographer shone his light in my direction. Fortunately, I’d had the foresight to bring a backup dress. I’d bought a dress in the same color at Dillard’s and really liked it, but I thought it a bit too staid for a mother-of-the bride dress. However, it would serve its purpose now. Herein lies The Tale of Two Dresses. You can see them here.

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Most guests in the darkened ballroom thought I’d merely put on a jacket. This dress turned out to be more comfortable for dancing anyway, especially with the snap broken on the first gown. I’d also changed my shoes from a higher heel for the ceremony to a medium heel for the reception.

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So here’s your wedding tip: Be Prepared. Bring spare shoes, an extra gown, and accessories to match. I wish I’d brought a necklace to go with dress number two, but I’d left my baubles in the hotel room. Next time, if there is one, I’ll double up on everything. Meanwhile, we had to line up again for a grand entrance into the ballroom after everyone had found their seats.

Coming Next: The Wedding Reception

In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am thankful to all of you for your ongoing support and encouragement. Your friendship, even at a distance and across cyberspace, means a lot to me. Have a blessed holiday with good food, friends and family. May peace and love be with you.

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6 Responses to “The Wedding Ceremony”

  1. Hi Nancy, mazal tov on the wedding. The breaking of the glass is to always remember the destruction of The Temple.

    Who was the officiant at the ceremony?

    On Wed, Nov 21, 2018, 10:32 AM Nancy’s Notes From Florida Nancy J. Cohen posted: “As we lined up in the foyer prior to walking down > the aisle at Treasury on the Plaza in St. Augustine, the tension in the air > increased. Finally, it was our turn. My husband and I went in next-to-last. > Inside the doors, we stood aside so our daughter coul” >

    • Yes, I’m aware of that meaning for the breaking of the glass. It also reminds us there is still destruction in the world. The rabbi is from a temple in Orlando where the groom’s parents belong.

  2. beautiful wedding!! I never would have dreamed of buying a backup gown. Nancy, you are the most prepared person I know!!

  3. I have enjoyed this entire event, without the expense or the travel, etc. Thank you for including your writer friends.

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