Judy and Carlos27 May 2018Colt State Park, Bristol, Rhode Island, USA
I crashed a wedding. Technically, I guess it's not a full crash if you tell the bride you're going show up. The bride and groom had a perfect-sized wedding for me. Not too big, but enough people bursting with admiration for the bride and groom. The rooms were flooded with joy. Love was airborne that day. This wedding will long be remembered for its unique celebration of love, family and friends. Like several other rainy day weddings, the mist greeting us at Colt State Park did not dampen the spirits of the bride, groom, or their families or friends. On the contrary, the weather seemed to huddle us all a bit closer together, adding to the warmth and intimacy of Judy and Carlos' beautiful and fun celebrations.
How often do you have a lemonade truck waiting for you at the end of the ceremony? Their thoughtfulness would have been appreciated on a hot, humid, coastal New England day. Yet, even in our unusual, sweater-weather, Memorial Day weekend Del's frozen lemonade felt so right. Have you ever ridden an historic carousel during a wedding reception? Judy and Carlos set the joyful tone for their celebrations and guests responded in kind. It was truly a one of a kind, fun, memorable event!
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I joke that I was a crasher. There's a wee bit of truth to that. I did not carry professional video gear to the wedding. I was part guest/part crasher. Yup, crasher. I wasn't going to miss the chance to celebrate Judy after all of the tremendous advocacy she does for Marshfield residents and organizations. So, I invited myself before I could be invited ;-) On May 27 I was delighted to discover that she's found a wonderful soulmate in Carlos, another gem. I wish them decades of great health and continued love and joy – just like the love and joy they each share so freely.
A somewhat corny but fitting and heartfelt reference to carousels follows: Through the ups and downs of life's journey I hope they can also hear the music and know that they are surrounded by many people grateful to count themselves among their friends.
As a side note, Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. manufactured the Fall River Carousel at Battleship Cove c. 1919. Lincoln Park in North Dartmouth was the popular wooden carousel's home until 1987 when the park closed. I'm surprised at the number of carousels still operating in our region. In her later years my mother loved a carousel ride, too. She never rode on the Paragon Carousel at Nantasket Beach but her older face filled with joyful glee when she took a ride on the Looff Carousel at Sandwich's Heritage Museum and Gardens. She would have loved a ride one the Fall River Carousel – or any horse, alive or wooden. I found an interesting book on Amazon about carousel history, Art of the Carousel. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I link this book not because I'm an Amazon associate but because it looks inviting to people who love carousels. There's something about them that transports me to a simpler, joyful time.
Cheers, my friends, Judy and Carlos! Here's to your peace, love, health, joy, happiness, and a smooth ride!
Readers: Feel free to leave a comment telling us about your favorite wedding, your favorite wedding and reception venues, or your most memorable carousel rides, past and currently available. Hope to see you there!