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The Chapters

A brief synopsis of the stories…

Preparations

Stories about getting ready…
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THE WORLD’S FAVORITE PASTIME
Moments before walking down the aisle, the bride spits out chewing gum into Charles’ hand. The humor of this story is revisited after a brief history of the world’s favorite pastime – gum chewing!

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DRESS DELIVERY
In a day when dresses are delivered to wedding receptions, what happens if they aren’t? Tempers flare and the father of the bride says something he regrets, making a bad situation so much worse.
THE GROOM WORE WHITE SOCKS
Wedding traditions change, but hopefully not all of them! Perhaps it’s ok to have a DJ and not a live band, but please don’t wear white socks!
THE MEN WERE GONE
Not all weddings actually take place. Every now and then one of the key two stars of the day follow their ‘cold feet’ and actually leave. In this case, the best man and his entourage leave; but as it turns out, the bride and her friends and family still have a celebration.
DRESSMAKER FORGOT TO MAKE DRESSES
The only thing worse than not having the dress maker actually make the bridesmaid dresses is when the dressmaker is a good friend. Or, rather, used to be.
IS THIS TRINITY?
A pair of guests discover they are at the wrong wedding. They went to a wedding at the chapel of Trinity University instead of the one at Trinity Church. Not knowing the couple that well, they decided to stay.
FLOWERS DELIVERED
A long-standing part of the wedding reception, each variety of flower represents a different human virtue. For example, carnations represent pride/beauty and lilacs send a message of youthfulness. If they aren’t delivered, however, they don’t mean anything.
EVERYTHING WAS STOLEN
Not a funny story, a good deal of wedding items, including pre-staged clothes for the entire party, were stolen from the church the night before. It’s an important message to anyone considering setting up the ceremony the day before the wedding instead of the day of.
WHERE’S THE PREACHER?
More than simply being on-time, officiants need to show up! Fortunately, Charles is registered to perform ceremonies, so while hired to take pictures, he also serves as backup officiant. Whew!
WE JUST NEED EIGHT MORE
For whatever reasons, Charles runs into situations where too few floral arrangements exist. Sometimes it’s a last minute flower girl or simply a short on delivery, but no need to worry – you can easily make more.
FORMER WIFE SHOT BY GROOM
A groom is a no-show to his own wedding because his ex-wife showed up at his house earlier that day with a gun and when all is said and done, he is arrested for having shot off her nose. It doesn’t get much crazier than that.

The Ceremony

Stories about the wedding ceremony.

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BEST BRIDE’S MAN EVER
A story about a male friend of the bride who stood up for her as her ‘bridesman.’  Having lost her father to AIDS, shortly after his announcing he was gay, this friend helped bring her out of depression.
THE BEST MAN WAS BLACK
A story about the history of racism in the United States.  Taking place in the 50s, the story tells of guests who would not attend a wedding because the white groom’s best man was black.  A deeply personal reflection on this story and the impact it had on Charles; the impact it has on all of us cannot be avoided.
DOUBLE WEDDINGS
There are lots of obstacles to overcome when couples decide to get married at the same time—in particular, when twins do it.  One of the biggest challenges is for the officiant to get the names right!
42 BRIDESMAIDS
Lots of logistical problems are introduced when you have too many people stand up for you—and 42 is too many!  Just figuring out how to line them up around the altar is quite the challenge.
THE OFFICIANT WAS LATE
A recurring theme in weddings is the officiant’s being too early or too late.  While slightly less of an issue these days with the advent of so much technology, it does still happen.  And when it does it so very frustrating.
THE BEST MAN REALLY DID FORGET THE RING
Straight out of a movie scene, the best man forgot the ring at his house!  How it could actually happen is anyone’s guess, but everyone handled it surprisingly well.
BABIES DON’T WAIT
It’s not unusual these days to see a pregnant bride, but it is very unusual for delivery to occur that same day!!  One immutable truth is newborns don’t wait!
THREE FATHERS OF THE BRIDE
It’s hard enough to please one father-in-law” imagine having three!  A one-of-a-kind wedding, the bride had three men she looked up to as Dad so they all participated in the day.
NOBODY CARES WHAT MEN WEAR
Men, in particular these days, tend to spend a good deal of time getting ready, adopting the latest fashion trends.  But nobody really cares what the men wear anyway.  All anyone cares about is the bride.
THE DO-RE-MI-NISTER
Music stirs our hearts and emotions and it’s one thing to have musicians sing, but what do you do if the minister starts singing the vows?  You sing back!
BOW WOW WEDDING
It is not uncommon to have a pet be considered family.  Having a pack of golden retrievers, however, walk down the aisle is definitely uncommon.
NO SHIRT, NO SHOES, NO SERVICE
Going barefoot on a beach or on plush bedroom carpet makes sense.  However, going barefoot to a wedding, or any formal even for that matter, does.
OWN A TUXEDO AND SAVE THE WORLD
A throwback story to a time when people owned (not rented) tuxedos, this story paints a picture of how much the style of James Bond actually matters.

Photo Ops

Stories that happened during picture time!
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THE DISAPPEARING CROSS
A Jewish groom moves the cross on the altar before the wedding and nobody notices during the ceremony. It isn’t until pictures were taken that the mother of the bride notices. It causes quite a stir.
YEA OR NEIGH
Pre-ceremony pictures on horseback may work for a bride and groom who have been around horses all their lives, but not so much for a bridal party that hasn’t! Fortunately, nobody was hurt, but you just never know what’ll happen when people have interesting photo session ideas.
ONLY IN TEXAS
The origination of the cowboy boot has a long and tenured story, rooted in protecting the hard-working Americans who protected the Western frontier. Today, that understanding is all but lost with frilly and pretty cowboy boots now worn sometimes by entire bridal parties!
PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN
Having served in the armed forces himself, Charles’s favorite photography sessions are of military families. A staunch reminder of how high a price freedom actually is, this story is dedicated to the lives of our service men and women, past and present.
PAINTED SLEEVES
While tattoos have been around for a really long time, they only recently have become prominently displayed by brides and grooms. This story speaks to the cultural shift of tattoos in society and how that can serve as a personal shift as well.
ACCIDENTS HAPPEN, UNFORTUNATELY
Fortunately, there was a best man. Unfortunately, he fell and cracked a tooth. Fortunately, it wasn’t the groom. This story plays with Fortunately/Unfortunately, inspired by a favorite children’s books.
THE THRONE ROOM
Taking pictures in a bathroom of a house sounds like a terrible idea, but if it is literally the nicest room Charles’ has ever seen, then you can bet entrepreneur Charles will think of a business plan on how to use it for more wedding pictures. The business plan, however, is doomed to fail.
SYNCOPE
Having a bride or a groom pass out is not that uncommon. Having both, however, pass out at theirswedding is very unusual to say the least!
SOUTH TEXAS SUMMER CAKE
It should be obvious, but leaving a wedding cake out in the South Texas summer sun is not a good idea. It was an accident, but a heart-breaking one.

The Reception

Stories about things that happen during the reception.

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EVERYONE LOVES TO DANCE
While music still stirs the soul, Charles’ reflects on the gradual decline of dancing throughout the generations and how the “old days” are missed.
A RING LOST. A RING FOUND.
The bride loses her wedding ring at the outdoor reception, and all of the guests are on their hands and knees searching for it. They find a ring, but it’s not hers. The joy in returning that one to its rightful owner helps a little.
THEY ATE A BUG
Ranch hands who are catering the outdoor reception get out of hand. When the owner/father-of-the-bride escorts them out and does not return with them, his granddaughter observes “they must have eaten a bug.” The meaning of this funny euphemism is a good reminder of innocent youth.
COME FLY WITH ME
Named after a popular Frank Sinatra wedding song, this is another “reflecting on history story” which discusses the shift from a live bands to a pre-programmed playlist. The former is always classier.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION
While Charles’s has witnessed plenty of heated conversations between the marrying couple and their parents, only one time did the bride and groom skip their own reception because of it! That’s one way to make a point.
FORCE MAJEURE
It’s one thing to have an outdoor wedding get rained on, as there is always a rain-out plan for that, but having newly installed water sprinklers erupt during the sit-down dinner is something else entirely.
SPRUCE CAKE SURPRISE
What would you do if when you went to cut into your wedding cake, you cut into wood!? A display cake was accidentally delivered instead of the correct one. There was sheet cake, at least, right? Hmm…..
GO ROMAN!
During the reception speeches, the groomsmen put on a show and turn around to display, in cheerleader fashion, 7 letters that spell GO ROMAN. Too bad the groom’s name was Ramon!
MONKEY BUSINESS
More times than not, divorced parents do not get along. When the father can’t make it to the wedding, the mother brings a capuchin monkey in his place claiming it “is not only cuter friendlier, but smarter, too.”
TO STRAPLESS OR NOT TO STRAPLESS
A problem with the modern day strapless dress trend is they tend to fall down. When it does just that for a bridesmaid fighting for the bouquet toss, you wonder if the older design with straps would have been a better choice. But given the amount of attention she got, maybe not.
JOY JUICE
It’s easy to get “drunk as a sailor” on your wedding day. Getting so drunk you pass out, however, should be avoided. Sailors, at least, serve their country.

The Getaway

Stories that happened while leaving the reception!
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KARMA. OR JUST BAD LUCK.
Things end badly for a groomsman who decides to add more shoe polish to the car just as it is departing. In the end, the only thing that is hurt is his ego, but it certainly could have been more.
LEAVING IN A JET PLANE
Charles recalls a ride on the newlyweds’ private jet. The only problem? He didn’t tell his wife he was going! This was before cell phones, and she was pretty upset when he got home. But it was a ride on a private jet!
HOT AIR BALLOON
Some ideas are better left to the imagination. Getting married in a hot air balloon may be one of those ideas! A strong gust of wind blows, and next thing you know the minister is chasing the gradually rising basket telling them to say, “I do!”
HORSE POWER
The history of the horse-drawn carriage is an interesting one. Couldn’t someone have invented something to help with the smell!
GOD’S PAINTBRUSH
Departing to exploding fireworks spelling out “Congratulations” is one of the most extravagant leaving stories Charles ever witnessed. The beautiful colors and patterns in a South Texas night-time sky might as well have been painted by God himself.
DON’T ROCK THE BOAT
San Antonio features several venues from which you can depart the ceremony directly on a riverboat. It’s a really unique and beautiful marriage between urban living and natural beauty. Unless, of course, the boat tips over.
HAPPINESS AND A HARLEY
A Harley rider himself, Charles recalls a couple who depart on Harley Davidson motorcycles. They hadn’t told anyone about the new love and the reveal really made the evening special.
PARTIES ARE SUPPOSED TO END
A wedding party hides in the limo and tries to convince the bride and groom to keep the party going. Anxious to move on to the next part of their own private party, the bride and groom decline the offer.
DOWNTOWN QUARTER HORSES
It is a surprising challenge to leave a wedding on horseback. Aside from city permitting there is transportation, delivery, and, of course, safety concerns—like falling off.

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