Thursday, November 7, 2013

Of the Houses and Lineages

Perhaps my favorite piece of decor at the Wedding of the Century was the project I alluded to in  pre-wedding days as "the one that makes me say awwwwww....." 

You see that photograph right above the place setting on the reception table? That is a picture of my parents (the groom's grandparents) when they were newly married. They are young and beautiful,  just starting out on a life together that would stretch for 57 years. Similar family photos are at each table--pictures of Lovely Girl's grandparents as college students with her grandfather in a letter sweater and her grandmother holding a stack of books. A shot of her great-grandparents cradling a tiny newborn. Boy#1's grandparents on their wedding day looking as young and hopeful-looking as our just-married couple.

The oldest photo was of One's great-great-great-great-great-grandparents. In this shot they are not newlyweds, but the promises they made to each other in 1832 were essentially the same promises Boy#1 and Lovely Girl made to each other 181 years later--that in good times and bad, in sickness and in health, they would have and hold each other.

All of those couples, all of those marriages, all of those years, all leading to this day and this newly-married couple.

Lovely Girl's grandparents

Boy#1's five-great-grandparents


  1. How wonderful! Made me tear up a bit.