Ringing in 2011 with a Wedding

On New Year’s Eve one of my best friends got married. Duane and Angela were surrounded by friends and family as they took their vows and celebrated the love they share. It was a happy and joyful day.

Before the wedding ceremony began the groom and groomsmen waited in a room behind the stage. We prayed together, laughed together, and took a few pictures just before emerging into the sanctuary.

Duane and me in the final moments before the ceremony.

The church looked rather awesome (I have no idea why I neglected to shoot pictures of the massive backlit stainedglass windows and candle displays, it was a serious oversight). And while the aesthetics were wonderful, the crowd of family and friends did even more for the atmosphere than the windows and candles.

A reception followed the ceremony. Food, games, dancing, and toasts. A brief interruption to welcome in 2011, then back to the party. A brilliant touch was a tea bar (manned by J.J., a master tea maker dubbed the Chai Wallah) that I frequented throughout the evening. My intention was to take photos at the reception. The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley. I only managed to pick up my camera to get a few shots of the couple’s departure.

And the sparks flew.

Pausing to draw a heart with sparklers.

Duane and Ang’s wedding was a great way to start off the year. Life is harsh, pain and suffering are all around us, yet we are blessed to experience moments of unbridled joy and happiness in the midst of this broken world. Congratulations to Duane and Ang; may your love grow stronger with each passing year and may you continue to delight in each other.

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