The day has finally arrived my friend Susan will marry her love Gordon Teller. Thinking back it seems like they have been together forever, but then again really not. I remember back in late spring early summer of 2008 Susan came in the store and asked me if she should go on this “blind” date? Her cousin was setting her up with a guy and she wanted my opinion. Susan calls me her bariatric surgery and post op Guru, and honestly I am humbled by that. But given my dating history in South FLorida I might not be the one to give advice there, so I simply told her she should follow her heart.
I am very glad that at that time she followed her heart and that I did not open my mouth. She had asked me at a time in my life that I was pretty bitter toward relationships and hadn’t healed enough to answer her question without involving my own life. Very soon after she started dating Gordon, she brought him to meet me where I worked. He was very kind and loving toward her and I greeted him and talked to him very friendly. However when my friend Susan excused herself to the restroom, I just simply said in a very soft tone, if you ever hurt my friend “I will keeeeel-ya”. His eyes got huge and he asked if I am redneck or Italian, and I simply said, “BOTH”.
Today, Gordon talked about that very day at his wedding to my friend Susan.
The lovely couple became engaged on August 13, 2009 and over the past year, we have all planned, talked about and shared a mutual excitement for this day.
Today I am a bridesmaid standing tall for BOTH the bride and the groom. Gordon and I have not only welcomed each other as part of the others family. But he has embraced my own family when they came to visit and I his family when they came to visit. Its amazing how friendship and love once the seed is planted, just blossoms and grows.
I am so thankful and blessed that these two are in my life and I can never tell them enough how much I love and appreciate BOTH of them. Susan’s Momma Marsha has also adopted me into the family and I often refer to them as my Jewish family, not everyday does a Half Cherokee, half Irish country girl get adopted by a South Florida Jewish family, NOW you KNOW we have fun!
The wedding day was everything one would expect from such a loving couple. From the moment I arrived at Susan’s house that morning, until we left the church that night, there was nothing but love flowing. Friends, family and coworkers all shared this beautiful day.
Some things I learned is at a Jewish wedding there is a Hoopa, it is a covered area where the bride and groom stand during the ritual. A Jewish Rabbi preforms the ceremony and there are parts that he chants. Its absolutely beautiful. Oh, and for Susan her father is deceased so her mother and her cousin gave her away, they walk her halfway down the isle and then Gordon comes to meet them and walk her the rest of the way.
I get chill bumps just writing about it, it was that amazing. In a Jewish wedding the groom also walks down the isle and his parents by his side.
Susan has lots of friends and I think there were 13 of us in the wedding party, I was number 13. I was like the 13th moon, (that sounds good right?)
This wedding was one of the happiest days I have had in a long time. People tell me they avoid weddings, that it makes them think of their own weddings. I can tell you, my wedding or my marriage never crossed my mind…. This was such a happy day.
We danced on the dance floor for hours and we celebrated with the bride and groom and their families… I caught the bouquet….
I will share a bit more.. later!!