It was high-noon on the banks of the mighty Rio Grande River in Creede, Colorado. Teresa, surrounded by the love of her bridal party, floated down the river, while her best friend was fly fishing off the bow, anxious to be united with Jeff, the man of her dreams. It was time for Teresa to be escorted to Jeff. Her mother had that honor, and she handed her off; for Teresa Wall was to be united in love, surrounded by friends and family, and become Teresa Carpenter.
The celebration continued in true Creede-Style. There was bar-be-que. There was dancing. There was Baxter-Goss. There was fun. And it was all underground. The Cave and the Community Center were decorated with handmade rustic vases and tables were adorned with burlap runners.
When it was time for the couple’s first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Carpenter, Billie Holliday’s The Very Thought of You was heard softly while the two “forgot about those little ordinary things” as they danced in each other’s arms. The toasts, by the mother-of-the-bride, maid of honor, and best man had similar sentiments; that the two were deserving of each other’s love and happiness, and best wishes for their daydream to prolong. As the celebration continued with the cutting of the cake, made by a dear friend of Teresa’s, friends and family waited with baited breath; will they or won’t they smash the cake in each other’s face? The short answer: Yes. Both took cake to the face in good spirits, because, after all, the day was about love, commitment, friends, family, and more love.
Teresa and Jeff, as your love blossoms, may you see each other’s “face in every flower and each other’s eyes in stars above”