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~MARDI & MARK'S WEDDING~

~AUGUST 11, 2001~
 


This is a day we all wonít soon forget!  It started out dark and rainy but ended up absolutely beautiful!!



You see, this was the day Mardi and Mark decided to become husband and wife.  The wedding was held at Delaney Vineyards in Grapevine, Texas and the grapevines were in bloom to make the day even more perfect.  When we first arrived, it was drizzling but I was sure it would stop and, as expected, it soon did!



Everyone was in attendance.  A special table was set for Harlan, Penny, and Dad.  The Chupah was Mardiís Tallit from her Bat Mitzvah draped across two simulated wood oil wells.  Since the wedding was scheduled prior to sundown on Saturday, Shabbat, we had a Havdallah Service, led by our good friend and Rabbi Bruce Gottlieb, to Ďbring an end to the dayí.



Immediately following the Havdallah Service, Mardi changed into her gown and waited outside for her cue to come inside for the bridal processional.  Chairs were set up inside the Grand Barrel Room of the winery and everyone waited in anticipation for the arrival of the bride and her parents.



The ceremony was beautiful, with both Mardi and Mark breaking glasses to symbolize the fragility of human happiness.  Just as the sun went down, we all went outside for a special balloon launch.  The helium-filled balloons each had a message that they were from a very special wedding ceremony and they were sent off to all the family members and friends who were no longer around to witness this most sacred event.



The balloon launch was the highlight of the evening, we discovered upon viewing the wedding pictures.  You see, Harlan was standing among those of us releasing balloons!  Daryl was the one who saw him and pointed him out to the rest of us.  It was so special to have him there since, if it hadnít been for Harlan, Mardi and Mark would have never met one another!



Tables and chairs were set up after the ceremony with bubbles, flowers and M&Ms, for Mardi and Mark, on all the tables.  The M&Ms were a big hit with the young as well as the older 
guests . . . as were the bubbles!  When it was time for Mardi and Mark to say goodbye, we all gathered outside and blew bubbles at them.



Oh, I almost forgot one other thing!  Daryl said that while Mardi and Mark and Randy and I were dancing, he felt the presence of Harlan and Penny on the dance floor as well.  How I wish we could have gotten a picture of that!
 
 


 
 

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