Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mr. and Mrs.

Standing in the receiving line people were telling me:

“This is the BEST wedding I have been to. Thanks!”

“What fun! How did you pull it off?”

“How fun! How did you get the idea?”

I kept telling them it was all Desiree and Nathan with the help of many people. As Father of the Groom, all I had to do was show up.

Then at some point during the receiving line I had an “IF” moment. IF . . . when Nathan was born, someone would have told me he would get married on a baseball field by a farmer from Nebraska – I would have laughed. But, that’s what happened and it was great, absolutely great.

Desiree (a.k.a. DILOR Daughter In Law Of Ralph) deserves a lot of credit. She was the brainchild as well as the slave labor behind the event. The detail she went to was amazing. Nathan (SOR – Son Of Ralph) played a key role too.

Okay, let’s replay a few events here.

Tony (a.k.a. Bubba) and I were co-best men. It was our responsibility to arrange the bachelor party. The motto for the party was, ‘If it can’t be done by a nine year old it isn’t going to happen’

We decide on a Bachelor golf outing. The day before the wedding, eight of us met at the golf course and played nine holes. Others who weren’t able to go golfing joined us at the clubhouse for lunch where we proceeded to tell “Nathan” stories. It was a lot of fun.

Later that afternoon rehearsal was held at the baseball field. It is a mini-Coors field. The bad news was a heavy thunderstorm had just gone through. A little standing water and mud was not going to stop the rehearsal. Nathan did get a little anxious when I asked him how many umbrellas could he get for $500

After rehearsal, we all enjoyed a taco bar dinner that Marilyn and her mother, Maddie, had prepared. They really went to a lot of effort preparing tacos, burritos, and taco salad with all the fixings. The bride to be was nervous - she knew within twenty-four hours I would be her Father in Law, yet she managed to eat a little.

The next day as people entered All Star Park for the wedding, they were given a program and a foam finger that had Nathan and Desiree’s name along with the wedding date. They then took a seat in the stands. Some good friends were playing music over the loud speakers and bottled water was handed out.

Down in the dug out the groomsmen were helping Nathan as last minute jitters kicked in. I’m just glad I wasn’t the one that had to kiss him in a few minutes.

As the ceremony started, Cliff, or as we call him Father Cliff, left the dug out and headed to home plate where the ceremony was to be performed. Cliff was wearing an umpire’s uniform. When he got to home plate, he stopped, took out a pocket broom, bent down, and swept it off. Judging by the applause and cheers, the crowd loved it.
In Colorado, couples can perform their own marriage ceremony and have whomever they want officiate the service. Nathan and Desiree asked Cliff. They could not have picked a better person to officiate.

The wedding party gathered around home plate and Bubba threw the first pitch to Father Cliff. Again, the crowd loved it. During the ceremony, the bride and groom were getting a little emotional and misty eyed. Cliff moved away from the microphone, staying just close enough for it to pick up his voice and said, “There’s no crying in baseball.” The crowd responded with laughter, clapping, and cheers.

The ceremony was done and the receiving line was formed. That’s where I heard the comments above along with how the tuxedo’s with Chuck Taylor All Star Converse shoes was classic. Another one of Desiree’s and Nathan’s ideas which people loved.

Then it was off to the Victorian House for the reception. The reception followed the baseball theme with popcorn, peanuts, corndogs, brats, hamburger, pizza, nachos, and various other types of ballpark food being served.

At the reception, the DJ introduced Mr. and Mrs. Campbell. You might notice the smile on those faces.

The smiles continued through dinner. . .

Through the first dance . . .

Through the cake cutting and the toast. . .

I’m sure the smiles will continue for a long, long time.
Best wishes Mr. and Mrs. Campbell.


Blogger bobbie said...

Now, that sounds like a fun wedding! Congratulations to all! I wish them every happiness.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Aravis said...

That's one of the best weddings stories I've ever heard! She was a beautiful bride and I'm sure your handsome son is a lucky man.

Congratulations all around!

8:33 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

What a wonderful wedding!! I'm so happy for them!! And Cliff officiating!!! How neat is that!!

They look so great and very happy!! I wish them all the very best in life.

9:02 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Yes. That was fun. I'm tired. But it was fun. Desiree and Nate are a neat couple and I expect them to stay in the 'hitch' forever.
My wish for the four of them is for only the best life has to offer. I'm glad I had a part in it.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

Well, it looks like there is "crying in baseball" cause I'm crying too. Beautiful wedding, beautiful friends, beautiful couple, beautiful life blessings. Thanks for sharing Ralph.

5:26 AM  
Blogger possum said...

Aaaaaaaaawwwwwww. That is so cool!
What a fun wedding!

6:30 AM  
Blogger Live Well, Laugh Often & Love Much said...

I could say so many things about this post, but the first thing that comes to mind is THIS WAS THE BEST DAM WEDDING !

Thanks so much to all for your kind words. Means the world to us.

Could not have done it with out the help from many,THANKS!

DILOR .... Man, I have been waiting for this name change for along time.


11:49 AM  
Blogger Paul Nichols said...

What a fabulous idea for a wedding! That's what I call "thinking outside the box." The batter's box, anyway. Best wishes and God's blessings to the new Campbells.

(PS: I got a "There's no crying in baseball" Father's Day Card this year. I still have it out.)

7:28 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Ralph, this was a neat wedding. Not everyone could have pulled it off. And it couldn't be done in a lot of states, Texas protects the judges' and preachers' part time jobs. No civilians allowed.

I do have a question, who wrote the wedding vows? My bet is DILOR and approved by SOR. Of course Cliff is the notorious writer, he may have come up with some goodies.

Best wishes guys, congratulations. May you both live happily forever after.

12:50 AM  
Blogger Miki said...

What a beautiful post! Very cool witht he baseball theme! THe bride and groom look very happy, may thier happiness continue through their lifetime! COngrats to all!

7:00 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Wow, that sounds so cool... All you needed was someone hitting a home run...I suppose the bride and groom did that when they got married....

8:59 PM  
Anonymous linda said...

This sounds like an absolute BLAST! I am soooo sorry Steve and I missed it. Our best to everyone! Linda and Steve Kraskey

2:58 AM  
Anonymous linda kraskey said...

This really DOES sound like a BLAST! We are soooo sorry we missed it. Thanks for sharing. Our best wishes to everyone!

3:01 AM  
Blogger nora said...

Love it! And I got teary reading it - Cliff was the natural choice to officiate!

4:19 PM  

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