The day dawned sunny and bright, it was one of those days that was going to be a beautiful one. I woke up and realized that it was my wedding day and this was the day that was going to change my life. I had no regrets, cold feet or qualms about this day. It felt right and I loved the man I was planning on marrying. My mother and I had plans for the early morning after breakfast, we were going to go have our hair touched up and I was getting my nails done. This would be the first time that I have ever had my nails done, so it would be an experience. My mother and I were happy to leave the house that morning because my father was driving us nuts. He kept worrying about the place that was picked for the wedding was not going to be open, or would not have enough chairs and so forth.
We arrived back at the house and my relatives started arriving. Two of my cousins started helping me into my wedding outfit. I had to put hose on, then a contraption that was similar to a corset, and then the dress. It was a beautiful white dress, with a low back, high front, shortened sleeves and a long train. My mother was planning on taking me to the Gardens where I was to be married, we just had to figure out how to get me into a small car. My uncle arrived and came up with an alternate plan. He had a bigger vehicle and was able to take. We agreed and so they helped me into his vehicle so we could go. My mother would follow with the other family.
We arrived at the Gardens and since there were not that many people around at the time, he began taking pictures of me in different poses. As time went on, I noticed people were arriving and so made my escape into the only place that I could, the restroom. Of course, the restroom was the place that everyone decided to go to while I was in there. Of course, I saw people that I have not seen in a while so it was good to talk to them and all. I was getting antsy also, wondering when it was going to start. I had arranged for both of my parents to walk my down the aisle. I had seen a documentary on the television on weddings and how one lady had both her parents walk her down since they both had raised her. I wanted that and my parents readily agreed. So the time came and they walked me out into the open so we could walk down the aisle. The three of us headed down the make believe aisle, towards Joe, my future.
My father lifted my veil, kissed me on the cheek, and then handed me over to Joe. We smiled at each other and looked at my uncle who would marry us. My uncle started the ceremony and we recited the vows. Ten minutes later, he pronounced us man and wife and introduced us to the crowd. We walked back up the way and stood in the hot sun, out of the way, so my uncle could take more pictures of us as a couple. About fifteen minutes later, we made a break for it and went inside, where there was air conditioning. The air felt so good and my feet were killing me, so someone took off the heels that I had on and put on some pumps. Joe and I went to the side so people could come to us and talk to us and so forth. We made it to our table and the toasts were given, by our parents.
The reception was over by four pm, since the wedding had started around 1 pm and a Florida Thunderstorm had rumbled through. Joe and I decided when we left, that we were going to head over to the hospital since my grandfather was there and had been unable to make it. So my father had rented a limousine and we headed to the hospital. When we got out of the car, all eyes were on us as we walked through the hospital in our wedding garb. The nurses on the floor my grandfather was on gasped and were amazed when we came through. We walked into my grandfather’s room and he was by the window. The nurse who was there with him, whispered to him and he turned. I was glad that we had come when I saw his eyes light up and the biggest smile crossed his face. He told the nurse that I was his granddaughter and that she was now married. I hugged him and an aunt who had followed us took pictures.
We stayed about ten minutes and we left, heading for a hotel for the night. We arrived, entered the hotel, and my husband and I would head to our room. The next day we would leave Florida and I would head for my new home in Pennsylvania.