The funny thing is that I didn't get nervous about reciting my vows, but I did get nervous when I had to take my elbow length gloves off so Rob could put the ring on my finger! Rob got nervous when he mistakenly blew out the candle we had just lit; he managed to get it relit, though. Tears welled up in our eyes when my bridesmaid Michelle sang the Bette Midler song "Give Me the Gift of Love". Memories of our courting year in Windsor came flooding back to us.
"I now present to you Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jonasson" announced the minister. We floated down the aisle; it felt so right. In the archway of Olivet, Mr. Lopez snapped our photo. We hopped into the limousine and he took another shot of us poking our heads out of the sunroof.
Our chauffeur drove us across the Hamilton Mountain to Dundas, cars honking behind us as we went. Up the escarpment we went and at about the three quarter way mark we pulled into a long lane with the sign "Dundas Golf & Curling Club". We posed for pictures on the golf course, the wind slightly blowing our hair (although I had a whole can of hairspray on mine), the sun beaming down on us. Little Amanda chased a golf ball around the green. Mr. Lopez shouted "LEENDA" over and over again trying to get my attention. After what seemed like the 1000th photo, we were dismissed. Freedom!
My sister in law Ingrid took Amanda for some much needed refreshments: they "butted" everyone in line and got a large glass of orange juice which my niece downed in one gulp. We stood in a receiving line and greeted our guests.
Then we sat down at the head table, with a wall of windows in the background, the greens visible through the windows. We dined on salad, soup, chicken cordon bleu, potatoes, vegetables and chocolate mousse for dessert. We listened to some heartfelt speeches. We cut the three-tiered chocolate and vanilla cake with the Precious Moments bride and groom on top, although we didn't get a chance to eat any of it (thankfully the top layer was left over and we froze it until our one month anniversary when we indulged).
And then we danced the night away! Even my Dad, who only likes jazz music, waltzed around the room to the strains of Journey's "Faithfully". Later, I think he was caught in a train. Much later, Rob's best man, Bill Arnold, danced with me a la Dancing with the Stars (just without the star). He was ahead of his time.
The two families, the Tufts and the Jonasson's, mixed beautifully. Everyone had a good time. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you, Rob, for 20 great years!!!
Precious Moments Bride & Groom courtesy www.aboutfigurines.com.