Mr. and Mrs.
“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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Through the first dance . . .
I’m sure the smiles will continue for a long, long time.