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June 23, 2017

By Reverend J.R. Carrel

This day will always be my most memorable ceremony that I have ever had the pleasure of officiating. Mark & Marjorie's 50th Wedding Anniversary Vow Renewal. The ceremony took place on Belleair Beach near Clearwater Florida.

It started off rather hectically as the beach was very crowded and another wedding had taken the very spot we planned to set up in just before we arrived. I knew that Mark wouldn't be able to walk far since he is somewhat disabled, but after a twenty minute wait for a parking spot we finally got underway.

Mark and Marjorie were escorted by family members out to the location, and were seated on a couple  of white folding chairs under a chiffon draped arch. I'm very tall (6'3") and I loomed over the couple so I decided to get down on one knee to be more at their level. As my knee hit the sand Marjorie exclaimed, "What is THIS? - I'm already taken!" This gives you an idea of her wonderful sense of humor and personality.

The ceremony was very touching and as Mark recited his vows it appeared he began to laugh nervously, as some grooms do, but I soon realized he was actually crying. He almost got me to join him.

With the ceremony concluded I suddenly realized that although it was a chivalrous gesture, getting down on one knee in the sand wasn't the most practical idea in the world, since I am approaching 65 years old myself. Dear sweet Marjorie actually had to help ME to my feet.

As often happens, the crowd and the wedding ten feet away from us became an insignificant blur compared to the beautiful scene taking place before me and the rest of the family gathered there. I may have forgotten the names and faces of many of the couples I've married over the years, but I won't soon forget sweet Mark and Marjorie.


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