Happy Forever, Laura and Colton.

Such a beautiful day! Such a beautiful wedding!

Laura Phyllis Gutsche and Colton Castro were joined in holy matrimony on Saturday, May 24, 2014, and the boys and I almost missed it, thanks to faulty GPS directions. The CE drove in a separate car, used one of those old-fashioned paper maps and arrived without incident. Me being the gadgeteer of the family, I rode with our boys as “navigator” and relied on my Google Maps. “You have arrived at your destination,” said the GPS lady, while we looked out upon a sea of strip mall stores, no church in sight. Several wrong turns and traffic jams later, Taylor and Daniel calmly ferried us (while I dithered and swore and the GPS lady blathered on unhelpfully) to the church in just the nick of time. Good thing Ponce de Leon didn’t have me in tow or Florida might never have been discovered.

Looking good before the GPS debacle

Looking good before the GPS debacle

The sanctuary

The sanctuary

The CE before the ceremony

The CE before the ceremony

Proud grandmother is ushered to her seat

Proud grandmother is ushered to her seat

I’ve never seen so many tears. Of happiness. From the bride and groom. They both wept joyfully throughout the ceremony. The CE was given the honor of reading from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Far better directions for the journey of marriage than you will ever get from Google Maps! Laura and Colton are such a beautiful couple – we wish them so much happiness!

The ceremony

The ceremony

Parents of the bride, all smiles!

Parents of the bride, all smiles!

Mark, Jean and the happy newlyweds

Mark, Jean and the happy newlyweds

Brothers

Brothers

Taylor and Daniel with their granny and Aunt Gail

Taylor and Daniel with their granny and Aunt Gail

The reception was as breathtakingly beautiful as the ceremony. And so much fun! As we arrived, we were asked to jot down advice for the newlyweds, but given my too-recent directional fail, it didn’t seem to me that I should be giving advice. Does anyone really know what makes for a successful marriage? Confession: the CE and I have gone to bed angry many a time and we’re still married almost thirty-four years later, so that sage piece of wisdom is out the window.

Maybe it’s sheer grit and determination that keeps a couple together? Maybe, hopefully, it is having God’s hand on our shoulders as we muddle through, and His nudge that reminds us to forgive one another at every turn. Maybe it’s accepting the fact that, as Laura and Colton’s pastor said, it’s never a 50/50 proposition. Some days feel like 150/150, don’t they? And yet, we are, miraculously, still in love. The CE still makes me laugh. We hold hands. We bicker and we make up; wherever we are going, we are headed there together, even though the directions seem to fail us now and then. My prayer for Colton and Laura: have a map, but when the way doesn’t seem clear, tap into your sense of humor and forbearance and most of all, maintain a joyful reliance on God’s grace and His plan for you.

At the reception: Mark drinks a glass of wine once a decade and today was the day!

At the reception: Mark drinks a glass of wine once a decade and today was the day!

The flowers were so beautiful!

The flowers were so beautiful!

Clever favors

Clever favors

The lovely cake

The lovely cake

The bride and groom seal their first dance with a kiss.

The bride and groom seal their first dance with a kiss.

Gail and Jean at the reception

Gail and Jean at the reception

Our boys and the newlyweds

Our boys and the newlyweds

Daniel and I danced!

Daniel and I danced!

Colton's uncle shared this pic of the bride and groom with me (image courtesy of robert castro)

Colton’s uncle shared this pic of the bride and groom with me (image courtesy of robert castro)

Oh, and even though Google Maps is no longer my friend, I still love social media. A friend posted this on Instagram the other day and it seems like the best love advice of all:

The wisdom of Oscar Wilde, courtesy of @avb  (image from godisheart.blogspot.com)

The wisdom of Oscar Wilde, courtesy of @avb
(image from godisheart.blogspot.com)

All our love to Laura and Colton!
xoxo

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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9 Responses to Happy Forever, Laura and Colton.

  1. dizzyguy says:

    As usual, the CCL has faithfully captured the lovely wedding experience. Kudos to all involved!

  2. dizzyguy says:

    Also must confirm PolloPlayer’s assessment of marriage in general, and hers (ours) specifically. Make very sure you are in love. Even then, as she notes, the journey is not always in a straight line. But since you are both in the same railroad car there is huge incentive to keep that doggone thing on the tracks, no matter what.

  3. pollo amigo says:

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful couple. Many blessings to them!

  4. Tymon says:

    Marilyn, I LOVE your dress!!

  5. alexandra says:

    Beautiful! Congrats to the newlyweds.

  6. Nancy says:

    What a beautiful bride and wedding! Congratulations Mark and Jean.
    Nancy & Zane

  7. Mrs. G says:

    I do not know why my original comments failed to make it! Pilot error no doubt! This blog is by far the best gift of the wedding. You have captured the event so beautifully and it makes concrete a day that was a blur to me. Thank you for your love and support of Colton and Laura and Mark and me as well. It was so great to see you in Florida! xoxo

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