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    A Very Unique Wedding For A Very Special Couple

    Ginger and I was guest for Ashley Etter and Tyler Barnt’s wedding on Saturday, June 21, 1914, at the Bradford Church of the Brethren.

    We’ve been to countless weddings during the years, but this one had a happy tone to it that you just can’t describe.

    When we entered the church we were handed a Passport, to stamp each part of the journey we where about to witness.

    The first page of the passport reminded us about the engagement, with full detail of their moment on July 4th. Page two gave us the Ceremony program from Prelude to Recession.

    We were informed of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

    The bridal party was listed in order with Bridesmaids, Maid of honor, and of course Best man. Groomsman, Flower Girls, and Ring Bearers were also listed.

    Performing the ceremony was Pastor Dan Scalf, Singers Mike and Kendra Land (our church’s worship Pastor and wife.)

    Full detail of parents, grandparents, the hostess and ushers.

    A special mention of those in Memory, with this saying: we know you would be here today if heaven wasn’t so far away.

    The reception was held in the Fort Piqua Plaza Banquet Center. From the moment you entered your passports were stamped from station to station.

    The drinks were in one room, Fruit and Wonka’s Candy Factory was in another room.

    After dinner we could enjoy the wedding cake or cupcakes, and all the sweet candies.

    We could mingle and talk to family and friends we haven’t seen for many years, or at least since yesterday.

    There was a photo booth that everyone could have their pictures taken, with hats, boas, and huge glasses. You could then have them pasted in a photo album and write a message to the new couple.

    The entire evening was fun and enjoyable watching the kids dance, sing and having a ball with light sticks.

    Ginger and I came in second place during a dance that you were eliminated by the amount of time you’ve been married. The winners were the grandparents of the bride, Ralph and Connie Etter with 55 years and counting. Ginger and I have been married 49 years this fall.

    This week’s bottom line: Congratulations to Ashley and Tyler for sharing their special day with us all.

    The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make – not just on your wedding day, but also over and over again – and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.
    Barbara de Angelis

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