Each culture has its own wedding traditions, and our family and culture is no different.
During our wedding planning, we had decided several key things that we wanted to do a little differently. In the planning phase, some of our ideas were met with praise, while others were kind of panned.
For example, we didn’t want to be stuck (or stick our family) in a receiving line, wanted a non-traditional guest book (something we’d actually look at in the future), moved the typical day-of family wedding dinner to the night before, gave a few suggestions for non-traditional gift giving, and more.
In practice, some of these things went better than others. We had to give up a few of the ideas, modify others, but some of them actually went even better than planned!
One of the most memorable moments of the wedding reception came from one of these ideas. My wife decided that rather than throwing the bouquet, we would give it to the person at the reception who had been married the longest.
It turned out that person was my Aunt Alcea. She had been married 52 years!
What made it special, though, was the fact that she is the nicest, quietest, most unassuming of little ladies anyone will ever meet, and she was just delighted to be honored like that, tearing up a bit, too.
Seeing the true surprise and delight in her face was a beautifully touching moment I won’t soon forget!