And so after much planning, Stephanie Duve of Riverside married Tyler Sylvester of Traverse City, Michigan. Family and friends gathered at Danada House for the ceremony and reception on Saturday, July 11. 

It was an outdoor wedding, and the rain held off until the couple were pronounced man and wife. I told them it is good luck, according to the Greeks, if it rains on your wedding day. I don’t know if that is true or not, but it was told to us on the rainy day Husband Joe and I got married 50 years ago.

The couple, at 23 and 24 years old, are young. But she is the same age I was when I got married. People would say to me, “She’s young to get married.” 

What I really wanted to hear was, “You’re too young to have a granddaughter getting married.”

It is interesting attending today’s weddings and seeing the differences, little touches to make the day their own. Rather than favors at the tables, a card at each place setting indicated that in lieu of favors a donation had been made to the American Cancer Society. 

A table was set with pictures of parents, grandparents and great-grandparents of the couple at their respective weddings. Looking back at our picture, I received comments on my hat, which could have served as the cake topper. At the time I thought it was beautiful, and still have it if anyone wants to wear it. It would wear well in England. 

The couple had a small cake but there was also a yummy sweet table, which included mini-cannoli; after all, the bride is part Italian.

After an evening of dancing and laughter, people returned to their respective hotels or homes. Those staying at hotels found gift bags from the couple included Stephanie’s favorite popcorn from Aunt Diana’s and dried and chocolate covered cherries from Traverse City. Glad we stayed at a hotel!

The new Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester have settled in Jacksonville, Florida, where he is an athletic trainer with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Stephanie is a choir teacher at a middle school. 

They are joined by their dogs, Sampson (who was a “groomsdog”) and Sadie. It’s an exciting time for both of them. I guess they’re not too young, but it seems just the other day she was playing with her doll house and dolls. Where did the time go?