Kimball Wedding #1
For 2015

Dateline: 31 May 2015

Mother and Father of the Groom

James, my youngest son, was married yesterday. It was a perfectly enjoyable country wedding, on a lovely sunny day, and proof positive that a wonderful wedding can be had without spending a small fortune. 

The ceremony and reception were held at an old, barn-like building known as the Venice Pavilion, in Venice, NY, about a half hour from our house. This next picture gives you an idea of how big the inside of the building is...



Here's a picture from the wedding ceremony, showing the ring bearer (brides nephew, three years old, with his father) delivering the rings...



This next picture shows James and Bekah (my new daughter-in-law) after the ceremony...


James, with some of his friends and his two brothers (in white shirts) after the wedding ...



A picture of other friends who attended (notice the wholesome glow and happy smiles of these farm-raised young folks)...



Pastor Tom Rofe of Dresserville Baptist Church, and his wife Apphia, filled out the official paperwork after the ceremony. The two of them gave several sessions of pre-marital counseling to James and Bekah (for which Marlene and I are very appreciative)....



James did not have a best man and asked me to give the official toast. I gave a short, prepared speech on the subject of love, as defined by God, then the toast. 

Giving short speeches is not easy when you are an introvert, but Marlene told me I did well, and I got several compliments (even from some of the younger, unmarried folk), so that was a relief. 

I have no picture of me giving the speech, but I have this one (next) of me talking to a man (Mr. Foster) who I never met until yesterday. He was familiar with my chicken plucker and some online writings. When he asked about the Classic American clothespins I make, I happened to have one, and gave it to him. He has some black raspberry plants for me whenever I'm ready for them. 


The unofficial Kimball family wedding portrait...



The official photographer for this wedding (we haven't yet seen any of the pictures) was my future daughter in law, Danielle. She and my son, Robert, are to be married in August. I took this over-the shoulder picture of Danielle at work during yesterday's ceremony...



The following picture is one I took and happen to like a lot. It is a friend, Rob Adsitt, taking a picture of the wedding cake before the wedding....


James and Bekah will be living in our "extra" house just down the road. They've worked at painting and fixing up the inside to make it nice. Last night, they entertained a LOT of friends at the house. Marlene and I kept our distance. 

This morning the happy newlyweds went to breakfast at the small-town diner Bekah's parents own, and where both of them (the newlyweds) work. Then they stopped in to visit Marlene and I before borrowing our car and taking off to the Adirondacks for a short honeymoon. 

It's all good.

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P.S. The oddest moment of the day was when a woman came up to me and asked what church I pastored. That was a first.








11 comments:

JW said...

Looks to have been a perfect day and both the bride and mother of the groom were lovely. Congrats on the successful launch!

Dennis said...

Congratulations!

paular said...

I enjoyed your pictures. It looks like such a wholesome and faith-filled wedding. Best wishes and prayers for the new couple.

Clinton Johnson said...

First, congrats! Next... If I were to give your church a name it would be something like the Church of the...
Whizbang
Plucked chicken
Squeezed apple
etc...

Hehe, too fun! I know, I'm a little strange...

Elizabeth L. Johnson said...

My! I didn't realize your boys were grown! What an amazing family you have! God bless you and thanks for the photos.

Chad Butler said...

Hi Herrick,

Thanks for the post! It doesn't seem that long ago you were posting pictures of James with his "billy bob" teeth. I love that you post these photos and that you let us have a glimpse of your family and life; especially on the joyous occasions.

Congratulations to James and Bekah!! May God bless their future together.

Sheila Gilbert said...

You and Marlene look just wonderful, and I'm very happy for the newlyweds.
I just love it when a bride and groom look as happy as they do.
Wonderful photos, Thank you. Sheila

Pam Baker said...

Many blessings to the newlyweds. Thanks for sharing your special occasion with your online community. I still think of your youngest as the delightful lad holding up a plucked chicken while sporting a big, goofy, ear-to-ear grin! Hard to believe he is now a married man.
Best wishes to all,
Pam

Everett R Littlefield said...

Hi Marlene and Herrick, Congratulations to the Newlyweds! It looked like a wonderful occasion. My wife and I got married in my grandfathers house here on the Island. $10 for the license, $15 for the First Warden, and a couple of bucks for a homemade orange cake and we were done! Lasted 53 years so far.

I hope the kids have a wonderful life together and give you many granddaughters! Okay, and a grandson or two also, but those GD's are the best!!

Best Regards to all of you, Everett and Verna

Herrick Kimball said...

Thank you, everyone, for your comments and well wishes.

And congrats, Everett, on 53 years of m marriage!

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Thank you for sharing. Looks like a good time was had by all - and you speak as you write, I am sure it was quite lovely.