My Amusing Wedding Day

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'With these vows the two shall become as one.'

On December 15th. 1971
we decided to fill our wedding day 
 with  a shared passion.
Our love of horses and the romance 
of a horse drawn carriage.
My intended- for years- had preserved his grandfather's  
old sulky, just for the love, of what it stood for. 
We set about a full restoration. First to find 
an upholsterer who could restore 
the aged,  buttoned leather seat 
and to search all the old sheds around 
for a missing candle lamp. So much still needed,
a  leather horse collar, not to mention a harness
and long leather, sulky reins.

We had all the old horsemen from all around the district
offering us  advice - some joking some strict.
Be sure to throw the wooden wheels into a dam to soak
for a week so the wood swells into the steel rims, "Otherwise,
those rims will roll right away,  as soon as you  get going."

Well, the sulky was all finished shiny and ready to roll
without a horse to pull it.  We tried to break a quiet
piebald but Patches wanted nothing to do with it.
Wild eyed at what she sensed was behind her
she bucked and with her panicked hooves tattooed 
the wooden baseboard.  No- one knew of a horse 
these days that was broken to harness- 
except, of course, the Gillen's retired pacer, "Little Rocket.

The big day came and I painted her hooves shiny black,
attached a white feather plume to her forelock bridle strap.
Everyone joked, " When they ring the church bells,
she'll do the bell lap."
An old trusted friend and former rodeo rider drove me 
Little Rocket delivered me to the church in one piece.
The townspeople turned out and lined the main  street.

I'll never forget in the Butcher's shop the next day,
another customer recognized me and told me  a funny tale.
Her little three year old saw me going past and called,
 "Mum, come quick. There a woman going past in a cart 
with something - on her head." 

Still together after forty five years those fond memories
 bind our loving hearts.   When the best man in his speech
announced, " I was the only bride he knew who  had
spent more time - getting the horse ready
than on  herself."

March 7th. 2016

Not for contest
Couldn't do it in 14- 24 lines.

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Date: 3/12/2016 4:24:00 AM
What a pleasant poem this is, Suz...and what a lovely memory!! We tied the knot 2 years after you:) I managed to find a willing 'karozzin' (horse-drawn cab) driver to take my wife-to-be from home to church (it was her idea) and the village people still talk about it up to the present day. ~ Warm regards // paul
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Date: 3/8/2016 2:05:00 PM
Suzanne, this is very special times. :-) love the read thank you for sharing. Hugs Eve
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Eve Roper
Date: 3/8/2016 2:08:00 PM
The photos are beautiful, Suzanne :-) thank you again for sharing your special day!
Date: 3/8/2016 7:45:00 AM
Suzanne, oh what a delightful and wonderful write, what a story and memory, I went to photobucket to view your photos and I love them, that carriage was something for sure, the horse was obviously well behaved and seems everything went ahead as it should, you may not have put this in the contest, but it is a winner, and I am loving it 7 ~
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 3/8/2016 7:58:00 AM
Hello Constance: Thanks so much for your sweet comment. I am so happy you enjoyed my wedding day memories and thanks for looking at the photobucket pics also. Big Hugs, SuZ
Date: 3/7/2016 11:23:00 PM
Great memory. Great marriage and may God bless both of you.
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 3/7/2016 11:32:00 PM
Thanks Victor: Glad you enjoyed this memory with me. Hugs, SuZ
Date: 3/7/2016 10:47:00 PM
Delightfully endearing. Contest or not. "I was the only bride he knew who spent more time getting the horse ready than on herself." ... its the unorthodox moments that ends up being the most memorable. Congratulations on a successful 45 years ... that's amazing!
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 3/7/2016 11:35:00 PM
Thanks Tim: I had fun re-living these memories. Yes I didn't need much in those days to look presentable -nothing like the fresh blush of youth. Thanks for stopping by. As always, SuZ
Date: 3/7/2016 7:57:00 PM
What a great day and you did it grand style. Wonderful verse Suzanne
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 3/7/2016 9:48:00 PM
Thanks Tim: I am pleased you enjoyed my memories.Some of the photos were re- done for our 40th. Wedding Anniversary. We had a big catered party to celebrate and the photos were in a white album for people to look at. I have posted them. See Link in: about this poem above. Cheers, SuZ
Date: 3/7/2016 7:35:00 PM
A winner anyway. Congratulations, especially for the 45.
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Suzanne Delaney
Date: 3/7/2016 9:34:00 PM
Thanks Charlie: I sure appreciate you reading and commenting. Cheers SuZ