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Congratulations, Gina and David!

I really shouldn’t do this — it’s Saturdays that I reserve for my family — but I can’t wait until Saturday. I am, above all else, a family historian, and so in all ways at all times my family and its history come first.

And so it is with great delight that I report that our family tree added another branch this weekend when my niece Gina married the love of her life David.

Gina had often dreamed of a fairy tale wedding and this weekend proved dreams can come true as she pulled up to the church in a horse-drawn carriage.

Gina and Dad Evan arrive at church

Gina and Evan and friend

Emotions ran high throughout the service, which featured a gospel choir, the bride’s cousin singing a solo, another cousin playing hymns on handbells and a Lutheran pastor who made everybody laugh most of the time. Well, except for Gina …

Gina overcome by emotion

The wedding went off without a hitch, despite the waterworks, and bride and groom even survived the gauntlet of rice throwers, most of whom followed the pastor’s directions to toss it gently up over the couple and not pitch it directly at them.

Gina and David run the rice-throwing gauntlet

By the time bride and groom arrived at the reception, it was all smiles.

David and Gine

Congratulations to the newlyweds, and welcome to the family, David!

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