Sunday, February 27, 2011

Our Wedding Day from my Mom's Life Story...

Finally got he photo of us by our painted "Just Married" car as we were leaving the wedding luncheon. And, yes, here were a string of cans clanking out of the back of the car as we drove off. It's such a giddy, happy time to finally be married for real! The happiness of that day still permeats my soul.

Here's a description of our wedding and wedding luncheon from my Mom's Life Story.

I can't get the photo scanned and to my laptop of us standing by our car painted with "Just Married" after the wedding luncheon.

For our wedding luncheon, Aunt Tess served exotic fruits like fresh pineapple.

This is the first time I had ever had fresh pineapple. It was so delicious that we've tried to have it for many Sunday dinners since then.

I am going to quote from my Mom's Life Story "Verna -- an Idaho Girl" of what she wrote about our wedding, and then the wedding luncheon at Walt's Aunt Tess & Uncle Austin's home:

"June 14, 1961
Arnold and I are Sealed in the
Salt Lake Temple on the same day as
Eileen and Walt’s Wedding

"Eileen’s wedding was really nice. It was not only a special time for her but also for us. Arnold had talked to Bishop Verl Dixon several weeks before and the Bishop had him take the temple lessons so that we were ready to go to the temple with Eileen and Walt, receive our endowments, and get sealed as a family.

"President Henry D. Moyle, Second Counselor in The First Presidency, performed the wedding. Walt had traveled with him as his interpreter in Uruguay and Paraguay when Elder Moyle, then an Apostle had toured their mission in 1956.

"President Moyle explained that everything had to be done in the right order. First he sealed Arnold and me as husband and wife.

"Then Janice, who had just turned 12 the week before, was called into the room so she and Eileen could kneel at the altar with us as we were sealed as an eternal family.

"Following this, he had Eileen and Walt kneel at the altar to be sealed as husband and wife.

"When he finished the ceremony and asked them to kiss as husband and wife across the altar, Walt leaned over and gave Eileen a little peck on the lips.

“ 'Now, Walter, you take your new bride in your arms and give her a kiss like you mean it,' was President Moyle’s comment. Walt quickly complied.

"Walt told us later that he was nervous with someone from the First Presidency there and he didn’t want to seem over zealous. 'I was glad for an opportunity to express how I really felt about Eileen in that second kiss,' he added.

"We had taken Mother and Dad [Dave & Ella Huffaker] with us. Dad was Arnold’s escort, Mother was mine, and Walt’s mother, Jane, was Eileen’s escort.

"My brother Don came over from Vernal and drove with us to the wedding luncheon. From the temple we drove to the Hill Air Force Base in Ogden where my girlhood friend and Walt’s aunt, Tess Prescott Julian--a gourmet cook--had prepared an elaborate and delicious wedding luncheon for everyone. She had married Austin Julian when she was a WAVE in World War II, stationed in Hawaii. Austin was a bomber pilot and they were good friends with Chuck Yeager.

"Janice said the luncheon was like a grand banquet. She had never been to anything like it. Tess served fresh pineapple in the shell with exotic fruits, along with chicken and other side dishes. Bird of Paradise flowers were flown in from Hawaii for decoration.

"From there Walt and Eileen drove off for a 2-day Salt Lake honeymoon with a tail of tin cans clanking behind their painted-up “Just Married” ‘57 blue Plymouth."


Janiece said...

I love your wedding posts!

Brewer Bunch said...

Wow - I LOVE this post! It is so fun to read about all of the details of your wedding :)