Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Wedding

October 28th dawned cool and clear.  We had been anticipating this wedding for months.  The Bride and Groom were so secretive about the details that I hesitated buying my dress till the last minute.  I am so glad that I did.  It seems that the children (tongue in cheek here) had decided to have a Halloween Wedding in Black and White.  The rehearsal party on the 27th was thrown open to all invited guests and turned into a Halloween Costume party.  All of the women in our family came dressed as witches.  Some would say it wasn't a far stretch.  The Groom (our son Wallace) was dressed as Frankenstein's Monster and the Bride (Sara Shiver) as Bride of the Monster.  There was Adam and Eve the Village People, Mitt and Ann Romney, and the Father of the Bride dressed in overalls and plaid shirt with a shotgun open with shells in plain sight lying on a table before
 him.  A lovely Egyptian Queen held court before aliens from Outer Space.  Food was generously served and an open bar insured no one went home thirsty (hey, I left sober, had only diet soda...honest.)
So the wedding day was frantic with hair styling and makeup partying for the ladies of the wedding party.  The gentlemen were being dressed in their tuxes and getting the prewedding jitters under control.  Finally at 5:30 I was allowed to dress, careful not to muss makeup or hair.  Since it was a black and white wedding (old black and white movies from the 20's played on the back wall of the reception room and the wedding cake mimicking an old Harold Lloyd movie) I had chosen a long black dress with a white seeded pearl and rhinestone jacket.  Talk about bling!  The wedding itself was lovely and the music was original.  Somewhere in the proceedings it was announced that the happy couple were having a Quaker wedding.  Hats off to all the guests who refrained from asking out loud in front of God and the chosen assembly which one of them was the Quaker.  The Grooms family looked at each other with looks like "say what???" and the Bride's family had much the same epression.  Taken aback.  I have heard it all my life.  Now I know what it means.
The Bride

The Bride and Groom

Mr and Mrs Wallace McBride

The Halloween Rehearsal Dinner Mother of the Groom, the Groom as Frankensteins Monster, Father of the Groom

Sara the Cake Bride

Rushing to the Wedding (the wedding cake)
 

Wallace the Cake Groom
 
 
After the wedding as we stood in the receiving line the question was on every one's lips and occasionally fell right off into the conversation.  One gentleman on the Bride's side said (and he really acted as if he wanted details of this thing ) "so, you're Quakers then?"  I looked him in the eye and told him that I was a hybrid Catholic/Baptist the father of the groom was a hybrid Methodist/Mormon (mutts we are)and was not really sure where the Quakers came into it.  We agreed it had been a lovely ceremony, what with every guest signing the Marriage Contract, in the Quaker tradition (something of which I had never heard.)  Later, while having the first dance with my son (as Sunrise Sunset played in the background) I asked him about the Quaker ceremony.  He laughed and told  me that they had wanted something different from the norm, hence the black and white wedding, the old movies on the back wall and the lovely Quaker traditional service.  Thanks to the minister and our own John Davis of Chesterfield it all came off without a hitch.  Here's to the Bride and Groom, Mr and Mrs Wallace and Sara McBride...here here!

Here as Frankenstein's Monster and the Bride of the Monster

McBride-Shiver
Sara Jean Shiver and Milton Wallace McBride Jr., were married Sunday, October 28, 2012, at 701 Whaley. The 6 p.m. ceremony was officiated by Rev. Robyn Garrison McMullen and John Davis. The reception immediately followed at the same location.
The bride is the daughter of Roy and Gerry Shiver of Columbia, S.C. She is the granddaughter of the late Joseph and Eugenia Doman of Pittsburgh, Pa. and the late William and Vera Shiver of Camilla, Ga. She graduated from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. with a BA degree in History and received her Masters Degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University of South Carolina. She is a Periodicals Librarian at the Richland County Public Library.
The Groom is the son of Milton and Sandra McBride of Jefferson, S.C. He is the grandson of the late Lewey and Evelyn McBride of Selma, AL and Michael A. Valverde, MD and the late Grace Valverde of Ruby, S.C. He graduated from Lander University and is a writer with the Fort Jackson Leader.
Judith Barnes and Dorothy Copeland, friends of the Bride, were matrons of honor. Bridesmaids were Rachel Thomason and Abigail Thames, friends of the bride, and Ashley Shiver, niece of the bride. Wade Shiver, cousin of the bride, also stood for the bride.
Mark Wood, friend of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Milton W. McBride Sr., father of the groom and John Davis, friend of the groom. The ushers were Jonathan Shiver and Jacob Shiver, nephews of the bride.
After a honeymoon in Eastern Europe, the couple will reside in Columbia, S.C.

23 comments:

Maggie May said...

What a unique wedding!
I love the little figures on the cake.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I love it! So fun!

Pondside said...

That was about as original as it gets and it looks like it was lots of fun! I love the cake!

Candy said...

Happiness always (even in the crazy times) to the bride & groom. Remember it is an adventure with all the highs and lows, but still the greatest adventure in life.
Blessings ;-)

Brian Miller said...

haha i love the make up and celebratory fun...what a grooms cake as well....that first pic of her is just gorgeous...

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Sandi: I must say I've never seen anything like this wedding. A very cute take on such a nontraditional ceremony.

Carver said...

This was great and so well told by you.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

so he inherited his mother's gift of the written word?" That fabulous! What a fun time. I loved it Sandi!

the fly in the web said...

What a wonderful wedding!

Sally said...

How great was that! I know it was simply a precious moment in time for the mother of the groom!

xoxo

Retiredandcrazy said...

That's madness and, as you might have guessed, I love it! Long may they be looney!

cheshire wife said...

Very original! Many congratulations to the happy couple.

Lee said...

Love the photos Sandi! That must have been so much fun! What a great couple!

Love,
Lee

Donna said...

Well, I'll bet all that black and white was Beautiful!
Lovely couple Girl!
hughugs

Debbie Lo said...

Wow, this was really a different (but fun, from the looks of it) wedding! I think it's good for a young, married couple to have a sense of humor. They'll need it down the road. And if their families can laugh also, all the better.

Congrats to your son and new daughter-in-law, Sandi!

Hilary said...

What a cool wedding. Kudos to them for creating a fun atmosphere and an especially memorable day for all... more than the classic wedding would have been, for sure. Fun stuff. I suspect they will keep each other amused through the years.

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Suldog said...

Pretty cool. MY WIFE lived in a Quaker household for a year or so before I met her. She was Catholic by birth and tradition, but it was a huge communal rooming house in Boston and she found it quite the satisfying experience. I've always admired the steady resolve of Quakers, the many opportunities for silence and listening for God.

Zuzana said...

Seems like a fun wedding, it is always nice with theme parties.;))
The first image of the bride is simply stunning.;))
xoxo

i beati said...

many blessings this Thanksgiving . We get more blessed as time rolls on

Jinksy said...

That looks like a lot of fun! best belated wishes to all.

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