The Wedding

It’s been two months since our son, Shawn, and his lovely bride, Esmeralda, got married. I promised to write a bit about the wedding. I have the pictures. As you can see, they make a lovely couple. Esmeralda is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She has a wonderful laugh and uses it often. Our son chose well.

The wedding took place in Cedar Hill, Texas—a suburb of Dallas. We arrived a week early and were just in time to attend the evening service at Church on the Hill, the church at which Shawn is an assistant pastor. He was speaking that night. There’s nothing like watching your son bring the Word of God to a receptive group of people.

During the week we had a chance to spend some time with Shawn and Esmeralda, help a bit with last-minute wedding details, and do a little sightseeing. We picked up one of the groomsmen and my mother at the airport. Our goal was to help in whatever way we could, and Shawn assured us that we had been helpful.

The rehearsal was fun. Shawn’s senior pastor, Adam, is funny. We went through the details of the service twice, and then enjoyed food from Buca di Beppo and cookies from Tiff’s Treats.

The wedding took place mid-afternoon on Saturday, July 6. Shawn and Esmeralda had four attendants each. Esmeralda’s nephews and nieces were the ring bearer, flower girls, and town crier. That’s right. The younger boy entered after the flower girls and announced, “The bride is coming!” Flinging his arms wide, he said this over and over as he walked up the aisle. It was adorable. I believe every wedding should have a town crier.

Esmeralda was escorted up the aisle by her mother and eldest sister. I glanced at her, but I mostly watched the joy on Shawn’s face as his bride approached. I have never seen him that happy.

Shawn and Esmeralda exchanged personal vows. They weren’t wearing mics, so we didn’t hear their private promises to one another. Esmeralda’s former pastor (she’s now attending Church on the Hill) served them both communion while one of the bridesmaids sang a beautiful song. Then they came out to give their parents hugs. They came to The Furry Guy and me first, then went to Esmeralda’s mother. It was a lovely gesture. They then exchanged rings and the official vows. After that, Pastor Adam pronounced them husband and wife.

Once the ceremony was over, both Shawn and Esmeralda both glowed. The stress leading up to the wedding was gone. They were clearly having fun during the reception, which included both a mariachi band and a DJ. Guests were served a light barbecue meal (it was Texas, after all). The cake had fresh fruit. Everything went well. Shawn and Esmeralda were sent off with sparklers.

After a short mini-moon in Dallas, they led a mission team to El Salvador. After that they went on a week-long honeymoon at a resort in Mexico. It was a lovely wedding, and we know it was the beginning of a wonderful life together.

May your week ahead be filled with sunshine.


Rea Bates is an Independent Consultant with the Pampered Chef. You can see her Facebook Page by clicking HERE. Her column appears each Sunday in Peru Indiana Today.