It’s always exciting to be able to add another name to the family tree, but usually this is a name of someone long deceased. However, this week I have the thrill of adding someone who is very much alive – my new son in law!
The much anticipated wedding day of my daughter has come and gone and what a joyous occasion it was! The sun shone (well, let’s be honest, it has for most of this summer) but with air con at the reception venue it was quite comfortable, even if the Church was a bit on the warm side. It was fantastic to have so many family members and friends there to celebrate with us and has created many memories to treasure.
One of my lasting memories will be my 88 year old Mum standing up to join in with the final dance of the evening – a Circassian Circle! Fortunately my brother kept a close eye on her. It was great to be able to catch up with members of my wider family and to be able to note down the names of a recently-arrived little twiglet to add to the tree. Lovely, too, to see both sets of families mingling and getting to know each other and discovering things in common.
In these days of family members often living a long way from each other, events such as a wedding are important in strengthening the bonds which would have been more naturally there when families lived in much closer proximity.
I thought I’d check through my family tree software for other August weddings, but it seems that this month has not been particularly popular. However my own parents married in August as did my Great Great Grandfather William Wakefield in 1857.
I don’t have that many wedding photos for ancestors, but there are some lovely ones of my maternal grandparents’ wedding in September 1924. This one shows the family group, and apparently my Granny (Emily Mitchell) was a little cross that her mother planted herself in the middle of the photo when she felt that was the place of the bride and groom!
No such problems on Saturday – it was all very organized – and though eventually we shall see the official photos, in the meantime it’s great to have so many sent to us electronically.