She mourns the loss of everything as the crescent moon fades away to nothing this putrescent June. Orange blossoms drooping in their wedding urns, an empty flag of wedding veil wafts outward and then turns to fall from spinning fan blades where it has been tossed— all its beauty shredded, its inspiration lost. Her hopes and dreams now fatuous, their ending is now lore written in tattered satin and petals on the floor.
The groom’s family was titled and a bit anachronistic. So when they saw the bride, I fear they went a bit ballistic. Instead of white she wore a dress of scarlet oddly draped. The mother of the groom grew faint. Her husband merely gaped. She wore something archaic instead of merely old— her grandma’s feather boa—a bridal statement bold. Around her neck, a python, and her arms were densely bangled. Her veil pinned to a tractor hat of satin, oddly-angled. The brim turned back as though she were an umpire at a game. In short, the bride’s ensemble was anything but lame.
As she hip-hopped down the aisle to a tune by Kanye West, the groom stood fondly watching her in morning coat and vest. Her lipstick blue, her bustier was borrowed and conditional on return to its owner in a manner most traditional. To complete her fashion statement, her combat boots were blue, and if you’ve paid attention, you could guess that they were new! Her bouquet was fresh dandelions bound up with some chives. She held it in one hand and with the other, gave high fives to friends all up the aisle as she jerked her way on by. The groom’s mom gave a shudder and his father gave a sigh.
So did this modern wedding forsake the antiquated with customs much less stuffy, less predictable and dated. The wedding fare was tacos, Cuban sandwiches and chips, jelly beans and donuts, crudites and dips. No caviar or salmon. Just ribs and Tater Tots. The toasts to bride and groom were made with jello shots. The wedding cake was chocolate with custard between layers. Good wishes voiced by ministers, gurus and namaste’ers. In place of rice the bride and groom were showered with quinoa. In short, it was a wedding to rival mardi gras!