Within a half hour the small wedding party made their way up to the deck. One elderly woman came up to Mike closing the six foot rule, but he reminded her so she distance-whispered a special request: she wanted him to call them “lovebirds” when asking the couple to join hands. He did, and the family loved it. Must be an inside joke sort of thing. Next to approach was the groom, whom Mike had already met. Again, they maintained their distance. The desire to shake hands was strong, but everyone was unmasked on the deck so care had to taken. It’s just how things are nowadays.
The ceremony went off without a hitch. The “girls” presenting corsages, the “son” presenting the rings when called for. The groom was emotional but held things in check — it is usually he who cries at these things. They exchanged their vows, the photographer circulating, the family beaming with joy over this event. The couple looked radiant and very happy. The closing of this bond was long in the making so they welcomed this… finally!
Congratulations Alecia and Ken! May your joy last forever!