Now it's time for some photo moments, where my words don't do justice :
I had the great honor of delivering the toast for the bride. Although I had started thinking about it a couple weeks earlier, I hadn't actually written anything down until the day before. My scrawled notes just didn't seem to do justice to this responsibility, so I resorted to parking myself in the hotel business center and not getting up until I had something adequate to say to someone I've known for 22 years ... and something that I (and Jnet) wouldn't feel embarrassed about when memories of it would be recounted to us for years to come. After several rewrites, I finally came up with something that somehow began to express elements of our friendship-turned-sisterhood. There was a point when Jeanette came over during my writing frenzy, and I had to quickly scroll to a blank spot in my Word Doc and look at her with innocent eyes. Of course she wasn't deceived, but at least I managed to keep this a surprise until the moment of delivery.
I'm not going to recount all of it here, although I will share the end part of the toast, which involved getting half the guests to sing along with me to a doctored version (pun...intended) of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?". These are the lyrics I printed out and demonstrated for the guests to get them on board with my ridiculous idea :
So… can’t we all feel the love this afternoon?Can’t we?- - -NOTE: SING when you see italics- - -We could see what was happening.What?And they somehow had a clue!Who?Jeanette and Steve fell in love, and here’s the bottom line – our group is down by two.Oh.The sweet caress of lab lights… there was magic (not malaria) everywhere! And with all this romantic atmosphere… a wedding’s in the aaaaaaairrrrr…Can you feel the love today?The peace the noon sun bringsPenacook, for once, in perfect harmonyWith all its living things.Can you feel the love today?You needn't look too farA Chinese lass, her Hampshire country boy,Love is where they are…
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Somehow, the whole celebration would not have been complete nor authentically Jeanette (and Steve) unless a Disney song were sung in public. (This is just my own thinking, so anyone is allowed to contend with it.)
In light of all of this, it's heartwarming to be reminded of how God has perfectly crafted the marriage relationship (and ministry) from imperfect people (whom He is making perfect). And with that thought, I bid thee good night, and also hope that J+S are thoroughly enjoying their honeymoon and escape from reality (and internet access... fingers crossed).