Wedding Plans

“So, I finally got to meet the people you work with,” Chioma told Dushan. They were in his office and he had just finished introducing her to the staff. “They all seem very nice.”

“Yes, they’re a great group to work with and we get along very well. They were all very excited about meeting you.”

“What have you been telling them about me, Mr. Krasnova?”

“That you’re the love of my life and that you’ve agreed to marry me.”

She smiled. “I see you’re wearing the tie I bought you.”

His lips pursed. “Yes, only a man who is deeply in love would wear a pink tie.”

She laughed. “Pink looks good on you.”

“That might be so but you’ll never find me wearing anything pink except this tie.”

“So, have we decided where we want to go for our honeymoon?”

“How about the Seychelles? We can include an African safari in the Masai Mara or the Serengeti.”

“That sounds wonderful.”

“I’m happy that we decided to have a short engagement.”

“Me too.”

“So, on April 17, you and I are going to tie the knot. Excited?”

“Yes! Are you?”

“Of course! I can’t wait to carry you over the threshold.”

“I’ve read about and been to one but I never dreamed that I would end up having an interfaith wedding.”

“I think my parents expected me to marry a Jewish woman.”

“If they were alive, would you be marrying me?”

“Yes, I would marry you, but I wouldn’t have married Evelyn or had the affair with Ruth.”

“You would marry me even though they would have objected?”

“Yes. I would marry for love and if that meant marrying a woman outside of my faith, then, so be it.”

“Let’s go over the ceremony again.”

“There will be the Ketubah signing which is the marriage license signing, there will the Memorial – A moment of silence when we can remember those who are no longer with us.”

“Like your parents.”

“Yes. There will be the Lord’s Prayer by Lynn and then, the first reading by Jeffrey. Vera and your boss, Lydia will do the other readings and my cousin, Havel will give the Sheva Brachot which are the Seven Blessings over the wine.”

“Do you have a copy of the ceremony?”

He nodded and reaching behind him, he took a sheet of paper from off the printer. “I printed a copy.” He handed it to her.

She took it and looked over it. “What does the breaking of the glass represent?” she asked.

“The breaking of the glass takes place at the end of a wedding ceremony and it serves to remind us of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. For you and me, it will symbolize the shattering of our old lives, our individual path and the start of a new path together, a new beginning.”

“Will the guests shout Mazal Tov! when the glass is broken?”

Dushan smiled. “Yes.”

“Adaeze said that she will do the address. She’s going to recite a love poem first and then, share our story.”

“So, after the wedding, we will spend our wedding night at my place and then, we head off on our honeymoon in the morning.”

“And when we come back, I’ll be moving in with you.”

“Yes, until we find another place.”

Chioma stood up and held out the sheet of paper but he told her to keep it. After putting it in her handbag, she said regretfully, “I have to run now. I’ll see you later.”

Dushan rose to his feet. “I’ll walk you out,” he said coming around the desk and over to her. “But, first…” he took her in his arms and kissed her.

Sources: Ceremonies of the Heart; Honeymoon Goals;

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