Deb and Karen had already been together 35 years, bought a house, and raised a daughter, Chelsea. But when Chelsea took off for Thailand, these gals decided it was time to shake things up and re-invent their lives. And that meant, among other big changes, getting married!
Their 4th of July ceremony was in their gorgeous backyard amidst a riot of midsummer flowers (and some rather riotous friends and family, I can tell you!).
The sweetest part for me (other than discovering the wonders of sparkling blood orange juice) was when Deb and Karen made their entrance. Etta James’ “At Last,” a perennial wedding favorite, had been playing as we all waited in the yard for the Brides (with Chelsea on the laptop Skyping in from Parts Unknown).
And then, suddenly, we heard the sweet, sweet tones of Miz Streisand Herself singing “Evergreen.” About the time Barbra got to “fresh as the morning air,” Deb and Karen came out of the house from separate entrances, met in the middle, and, gazing into each others’ eyes, sang the whole song together before joining us to exchange their vows.
Honestly, I kind of felt at that point, the ceremony was pretty much over, and anything I could possibly say would be totally redundant.
And really, they’ve set the Love and Romance Bar pretty high! Ask yourself, could and your partner of 35 years look each other in the eye and sing your favorite song to each other without once cracking up? Or without giving each other an ironic look?
Go ahead. Try it. I dare you…