Happy 26th Wedding Anniversary Connie & Garry!
There were no rented tuxedos for this wedding and Joan picked out her own bridesmaid dress.
This is how the Stan & Bertha Kopczynski family looked back in October of 1986.
Beginning at the left: Bernard and Maxine, Stan and Bertha, Mary and Les Reed, George and Ruth, Uncle John and Aunt Johanna Engel, Gus and Celestine, Ray and Bethe, Jake and Gertie and Doriene and Joe Jacobs. Everyone has gone to heaven except Joe and Doriene. There were 12 children in my Dad's family and all ten survivors were present at this wedding. My aunts Alvina Wimer and Claire Sager deceased previously. Notice the quilt hanging behind them. Back in those days my Mom organized a friendship quilt and we all made blocks that she sewed together and then hand quilted for the bride and groom.
So this marriage, like most, has had many challenges - financial worries, health concerns, and different body temperatures! Today is also the feast of St. Francis of Assisi and I know the date and the saint mean something to this couple. St. Francis, lived lightly, with a childlike soul. He danced and sang in the streets. He embraced simplicity and non-violence. He treasured creatures and vulnerable beings. I think Connie and Garry have modeled their marriage after him - the simplicity, the singing and the way they treasure the vulnerable, children and old people. Blessings to you this day!