This weekend I attended a wedding in Nashville. Actually, I conducted the wedding. Performing the ceremony was something I never thought about until I was asked to do it. Even at that point I was a little hesitant because that was something that was reserved for pastors, priests, ministers, or judges in my mind, and I was none of the above. After about a month of thinking about it I figured why not, if Jeff and Lori want me to be part of their wedding day I will. It wasn’t something I thought about putting on the Bucket List in advance, but I think it would make the cut if I were to make a retroactive list.
Performing the ceremony was a little nerve wrecking. I’ve spoken publicly before, but this was different. Maybe it was because everything else I’ve talked about was hobby related, like cheerleading, and this was life related. Maybe it was because people actually pay attention at a wedding and that’s not always done at other talks. Maybe it was because I was worried about being struck by lightning for not being in one of the groups listed above. Whatever is was, I remember looking at my hand at one point and it was trembling uncontrollably.
The weekend was great. From socializing Thursday night, the guy’s lunch, rehearsal, and rehearsal dinner on Friday, Moosehead, the Wedding, and reception on Saturday, it was all great.
Things I learned this weekend:
- Jimmy Davis (the groom’s father) is a funny man. I met him prior to this weekend, but this weekend I noticed several time when he was cracking jokes and making us laugh.
- Ashley is allergic to me. I’m not sure what it is, but every time I’m around her she gets sick.
- There is a difference between Country and Honky-Tonk.
- Being the Best Man is not as close as you can get without getting married.
- Chili Cheese Burgers should not be eaten.
- Sam wants to be a movie star.
- Restaurants are the best place to find a last minute date.
- The Moosehead Grooming Lounge is worth a visit.
- Letting someone else make the decision of where to go after the reception is not a good idea.
Things I knew, but had a chance to see or be reminded:
- Sue is pregnant. They may have twins.
- James is a good family man.
- The guys have married incredible women.
- Robert has come a long way since our first meeting.
- Sleep is valuable.
- We shouldn’t get together more than 2 twice a year or stay together more than 2 nights.