Rick and Jessie's Wedding

In late September, my younger brother Rick married Jessie. Here's a few of the hundreds of pictures my shutterbug father took at the wedding.
At that time of day the lighting was, unfortunately, not ideal. Still, this is the platform at the front of the church where the actual wedding ceremony happened. See how they decorated it and even suspended the curtain to make it look nicer?


My youngest siblings. Little stinkers!


Here I am, unwillingly in the picture. This is from the rehearsal. I was checking the "carpet" that I would have to unroll in the wedding for the bride to walk on. A good thing I did so, for it wasn't fastened properly and would have torn loose instead of unrolling!


My aunts, cousins, and great-aunts and great-uncle. They're in the front rows of the church. Note that this church has seats instead of pews (so they can clear the room easily) and how small the auditorium is.


Here's a small group of musicians they finagled into coming- the leader was a friend of the family, I think. They may have been from some high school or other, I'm not sure. Music is traditional at weddings, whether from a band like this, a pianist, or a singer.


I'm not sure what it is about women and candles, but many women have such a fascination with fire hazards that they have to include some in the wedding. My mother (on the right) and Jessie's foster mother (on the left) are lighting candles here ceremonially. I don't think it has any other purpose or meaning than to look ceremonial, with the possible exception of lighting individual candles to represent Rick and Jessie and then lighting one big candle to show them as a couple.


I've just rolled out the carpet. Only very young children are used here to precede the bride; a boy to take a pillow with the bride's ring (the best man has the groom's ring), and a very young girl to scatter flower petals on the path for the bride to walk on.


Even though Jessie's foster father is a pastor (and was at one time pastor of the very church the wedding was held in), Jessie had someone else minister at the wedding so that her father could "give her away" to the groom, a vital part of most weddings.


Here we can actually see what the groomsmen look like!


Here we can see the entire wedding party up on the platform during the wedding. The pastor is at the top with Rick and Jessie in front of him, the bridesmaids are on one side, and the groomsmen on the other. There's the best man and the matron of honor (I don't really know them), then my older brother and his fiancee, and finally my youngest brother as a junior groomsman and my sister as a junior bridesmaid.


The time of the ever-famous "I do."


The ever-classic wedding tradition! My older brother, my cousins and I almost forgot to "decorate" my younger brother's truck for him to drive in after the wedding. The cliche is to attach tin cans on strings from the rear bumper and to put a "just married" sign somewhere, but it's quite classic to add whipped cream, toilet paper, balloons, or anything else to decorate it or make it difficult to drive. Isn't family wonderful?


Their wedding cake that was served at the reception. Yes, they did cut out a piece together and put some in each other's mouths. My, isn't that cake fancy! And all those candles! There were candles everywhere, including several on each table.


Another classic tradition is for someone to "toast" the couple and say something complimentary about them. Sometimes he strives for a humorous effect and "roasts" the groom instead, making quips about him. In this case, the best man just said some simple nice things.


Rick stood up for a moment, thanking everyone for their attending and for their help in making the wedding a success, and especially for the food!


Many more pictures were taken at the reception (after the wedding) than at the actual wedding itself! This is just one of the better ones, a simple one with the newlywed couple.