There were a few glitches! For example, our photographer fell asleep at his home and arrived late holding up the ceremony for almost a half hour! To add to the confusion, my daughters just barely made it to the church on time due to having been caught up in traffic. Still the wedding went off without a further hitch.
Until...until we lit the Unity Candle. I didn't realize it at the time. Too excited I guess. But watching the video after the ceremony and early on at the reception, I realized that, after lighting the Unity Candle, I had immediately blown it out! But Jim had swiftly saved the day by relighting!
We received beautiful gifts at the reception, including hummingbird books, Helsinki glass my mother had purchased in Finland, and last but not least a gorgeous music box made especially for us by my daughter-in-law. She had ordered it made with our wedding invitation as the top of the box.
But when we were just about to open it, she made this announcement, "I have to apologize! It's not the tune I ordered. The company said they will replace it for you but I wanted to warn you!"
"Oh, I'm sure it's fine!" I said. But when I tipped the top up, the strains of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" sang out loud and clear! Every wedding guest, family and friend alike, laughed loud and long. To this day, it is the single most outstanding memory of a day highlighted by hummingbirds and, more importantly, the love of family and friends!