A Family Wedding Day

Today, my little cousin (SAS) will be marrying her best friend (The Corndaddy). It is been evident from the day I met The Corndaddy back on Labor Day 2009 that he was a good match for SAS. He made her smile, he was a true gentleman, and he fit in well with our family.

SAS wasn’t the only person to fall in love with The Corndaddy. ‘lil Miss A did, too. Today, she thinks that she is the one marrying him, not just being the Flower Girl.

This won’t be her first stint at being a Flower Girl. She was a charmer at our wedding when she was 9 months old, but I have a feeling today she is going to be 1000 times more beautiful. Our amazing aunt made her a dress out of the extra from the other girls’ dresses. It is extremely beautiful, and makes ‘lil Miss A really look like a princess (or “booty princess” as she says).

We are all looking forward to today. For all of us, it is a blessing to see them become The CornPeople and enjoy married life. For some, it is the anticipation of eating dozens and dozens of amazing homemade cookies at the wedding (a Pittsburgh tradition). For some, getting to show off dance moves. For some, getting to be with family that we haven’t seen in a long time.

For me, it is all of that and more. I will shed tears of happiness for the bride and groom. I will hope that they can forever be each other’s best friend. That they will always be there for each other. That they will cherish the sanctity of marriage and realize it is a truly amazing thing, not something to take lightly. That they will fight over silly things and enjoy the bliss of making up. That they will never stop praying for each other. That they continue to “Love Like Crazy”.

Mr. Burgher and I are lucky because we found all of that and more. Today, as SAS and The Corndaddy say their vows, we will remember the words we said to each other.

For hearing my thoughts, understanding my dreams, and being my best friend…For filling my life with music and loving me without end, I do.

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living my” Wife “you will be”.

We’ll probably squeeze hands and give each other “the look”. We’ll be happy for them, but also be happy for us. We’ll get to dance in the married couples’ dance and stick around for a few moments (but be jealous of the winners who will have some 50-60 years on us). We’ll cherish every second of today for us, and for them.

Dear SAS and The Corndaddy, we ‘lil Burghers wish you every single happiness in the world. Marriage is an amazing, beautiful thing. It is not always easy, but look to God and each other when it is not. The world needs more couples like you, and we are proud to be among the ranks with you as family, friends, and fellow lovebirds. May today be the first day of the rest of a life filled with Faith, Family, Friends..and lots of Living, Laughing, and Loving.