We had a trip planned to the beach to meet Mark's son, so I contacted someone there about quoting the use of a minister. $199 for the vows only! But, it was only $20 at the court house! It was a done deal! The problem was the day time magistrate only performed weddings til 2:30 p.m. Mark doesn't leave work til 3:30. That's when we learned that the court house is open 24 hours for performing weddings! Who knew?! All we had to do was have two witnesses and $20 and we were good to go! We had purchased the marriage license on the previous Monday.
Then I had to round up some witnesses. So, I sent a text to Sharon and Joy to see if they and Calvin could be there to perform the duties of witnesses and pictures and moral support! They had a prior engagement but said Calvin could pick them up at 8:00 and head to the court house. And so the fun began! Here are some pictures and a video!
July 26, 2018
Mark and Vicky become Mr. and Mrs. Mark Whittemore
The first order of business was to get a boutineer and bouquet, so I went to Beverly's Floral shop in Midway. And, as instructed by Joy, I asked for Terry! Here she is working on the boutineer and bouquet. When she learned I needed it because I was getting married later she dropped what she was doing and worked up my bouquet and Mark's boutineer. THANKS, Terry!
|Dressed and ready to go!|
Calvin, Sharon and Joy arrived before us.
I was having a difficult time putting the boutineer on Mark without reaching my hand into his shirt to pin it. Joy said, "You can't do that! You're not married! So, I'll have to do it!"
Joy and Sharon sang an impromptu song for us:
The magistrate was in the criminal justice portion of the court house. Notice the barbed wire along the top of the fence to the right.
|Here's the $20!|
|Billy Williams, the magistrate, explaining to Sharon where to sign.|
|Thanking these 3 wonderful and dear friends for putting up with our last minute shenanigans!|
I asked Joy and Sharon if I should throw the bouquet to them and at the exact same time they both responded, "Please don't!" I have to get the video of that moment from Joy. When I do, I will post it!
So, you can call me Vicky Whittemore (pronounced Whit-i-more) from now on. That is bittersweet to me. I'm sure you understand what I mean!
There will still be a reception dinner on September 1st at the church. I won't be walking down an aisle, but I will be wearing my wedding dress!
Thank You, Lord, for your blessings on me!