A Wedding in the Family
Friends, I am truly pooped. Pooped, but happy. Danny and Beckee got married Saturday, and it was a long, loud, and joyful event. Then we hosted the post-wedding brunch this morning, which was fine except that Judy woke up with a stomach flu, which meant she missed the festivities. She’s feeling better now.
Apparently, we are not likely to see the official wedding photos for at least a month. So the pictures in this post were taken by Judy and I with our phones. However, all the guests were politely but firmly asked not to take pictures during the ceremony. Reluctantly, we honored this request.
All the family and wedding party group photos were taken before the ceremony, however, so we got to stand behind the photographer and take our own pictures. So here is Daniel and Beckee, both looking radiantly happy.
Here’s the wedding party, made up of Daniel’s brother David, Beckee’s sister Shana, and several close friends.
The family of the bride: Henry, Gloria, and Shana. We love Beckee and her family, and Beckee’s parents love Daniel. There was honestly not the slightest bit of tension around this wedding coming together. How often does that happen?
Here’s Daniel, his friend Marco (Marco lived across the hall from us many years ago, and he’s been close friends with Daniel since about the age of 3), and David. Judy and David’s partner Meredith are in front.
This room is officially called Horticulture Hall, and it’s where the wedding ceremony took place. Everything is set up for the main event.
In some ways the ceremony was quite traditional, in other ways not at all. Daniel and Beckee stood under a chuppah, a Jewish wedding canopy. When they discovered how expensive chuppahs are to purchase they made one of their own.
Their DIY chuppah consisted of birch logs slid into PVC pipe, which in turn was held in place by concrete poured into utility buckets. It looked quite nice, I thought.
I’ll write more when the wedding pictures become available. In the meantime, I am still slightly disoriented by the fact that my oldest child is now a married man. The same person who used to run up and down our apartment hallway shouting “Up! Up! And away!”, dressed in a Superman outfit that Judy made for him. Then he would run back and forth shouting “Down! Down! I’m coming back!”
But of course, it is a blessing for all of us that he and Beckee found each other, and that they have decided to make a life together. And Judy is thrilled to finally have a girl in the family.