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Saturday, April 8th, 2017, 3:00 pm
The wedding planning went well. The wedding was simple, far simpler than Kara would have liked. Due to their resources, though, it had to do. She was still glad it was the first wedding.
The invitations were printed in black and white on a single piece of paper. They had no envelopes in storage or in scanned files, so the invitations went out simply as fliers.
Chairs were set up like a traditional wedding with two sections, one on the left and one on the right. The bride’s guests were on the left and the groom’s on the right. Since most were friends of both sides, they just sat wherever they wanted. Keith and Carmen sat on the bride’s side. Michelle sat behind Keith and Carmen with Spencer. Zoe sat on the groom’s side.
A recording of soft jazz music started to play. Sarah, who was acting as the matron of honor, slowly walked down the aisle. Sarah wore a scarlet satin dress with a bow at the small of her back. Her blonde hair was loose behind her head.
Walking down the aisle in a beautiful satin dress with a red sash at the waist and a bow on the back was Jada, Mike’s little sister. Jada carried a small basket of red and pink petals that she daintily dropped to the red carpet beneath her. With Jada, walked her brother Marvin. Marvin was in a little black suit and carried a pillow with the rings. The pillow was actually just a couch pillow. When they got to the front, Jada turned to sit with her Mom. A recorded version of ‘Here Comes the Bride’ began to play.
Kara looked beautiful. Her veil was thin and very transparent. The veil was held up by a half-moon metal band on her head. The band was covered with white lace. Her red hair came out through the band and down onto her shoulders. She wore a strapless v-neck white gown with a ball-gown skirt. If you were close, you could see the heart pattern at her abdomen that was made of pearls. In her hands was a bouquet of red roses.
With Kara was Aaron, in a plain black suit with shiny black shoes. They walked slowly forward to the altar, which was just a crate made into a table and covered with a white tablecloth.
Mike was already at the altar in a similarly plain black suit. Next to Mike, as a best man was Samuel in, again, a black suit. Behind the altar, in a black suit, was Jared. It had been expected that as the unofficial leader of the colony, Aaron would perform the ceremonies, but since Aaron was the father, it did not make since for him to perform the ceremony. Samuel was in many ways Aaron's second in command, though most of Samuel's work was distasteful. Samuel, of course, could not perform the ceremony either. It fell to Jared, who was the catalyst for the creation of the colony and created the most important components. Unlike Aaron, Jared had no wish to lead. Further, unlike Samuel and Aaron, Jared had no natural leadership ability.
When Kara arrived and the music stopped playing, Jared started reading from paper he kept on the makeshift altar. “Time-Keepers, we are gathered here today to join this couple in marriage. Marriage is an honorable and cherished state that should not be entered lightly, but rather with respect, love and friendship.” Jared spoke very monotone and looked emotionless, except at this last sentence, which caused him to smile and look at his wife. He continued, “It is in this state which Mike and Kara may now be joined.
“Mike, will you take Kara to be your wedded wife, to live together in marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, and honor her? Will you keep her in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, so long as you both shall live?”
Mike replied, “I do.”
“Kara, will you take Mike to be your wedded husband, to live together in marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, and honor him? Will you keep him in sickness and in health, forsaking all others, so long as you both shall live?”
Kara replied, “I do.”
Jared took the rings from the pillow and gave the first to Mike. Mike said, “With this ring I thee wed. Please wear it as a symbol of our never-ending love.” Mike placed the ring on her finger.
Jared gave the other ring to Kara. Kara said, “With this ring I thee wed. Please wear it as a symbol of our never-ending love.” Kara placed the ring on his finger. She had trouble getting it over the knuckle, but she eventually succeeded.
Jared continued, “Those that we have joined together let no person put asunder. For as much as Mike and Kara have made their vows together in wedlock, and have witnessed the same before these friends and family, and have declared the same by giving and receiving the ring, and by the power vested in me by the Time-Keeper colony, I now pronounce you husband and wife.”
There was some cheering in the small crowd. When it stopped, Jared said, “You may now kiss your bride.”
Everybody cheered again, this time standing up to applaud. Mike and Kara kissed each other passionately. Mike’s hands held her head to his. Kara grasped his shoulders as they kissed.
After the ceremony, there was a small reception and banquet. The cake Aaron baked was three layers high.
There was not much point to giving gifts, since few of them had the time or ability to create homemade gifts and since all other gifts were free due to the builders. Some people did make gifts though. Michelle made a small book of poetry for them. Samuel built them a wooden table. Aaron gave them their choice of the vacant homes. They chose the home second farthest from the command center, which was between a vacant home and Tara’s home.
After the reception, they left for their honeymoon. Unfortunately, there really was no place in the colony they wanted to go, certainly no place to be alone. They decided to spend a week alone in their new home. They brought a builder with them so that they could furnish it.
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