June 16, 2018, Philadelphia-
It doesn’t surprise me, in the least, that this family of mine has given my mother’s youngest grandchild a spectacular launch into her own little family unit. She is much loved, across the board and has maintained a solid, unifying presence among us, and well before the advent of social media. B helped me with her aunt, when I had to get Beloved to a restroom, down a freight elevator, and through an obscure section of an old hotel, years ago. She maintained contact with those of my nephews who were off, alone, at colleges that were some distance from the rest of the family. She kept in touch with my son, when it would have been easy to leave him to his own devices, in the days of his naval basic training and early regular duty.
So, we all came to Christ Church, expanding our family by one new grandson-in-law and one future granddaughter-in-law for our blessed matriarch to cherish.
The above should give readers a frame of reference. We were asked, by the rector, to not photograph the ceremony or the inside. The newlyweds have plenty of photos to share, in that respect, and I leave it at that.
The ceremony did not start, however, until 4 P.M., so there was time for me to look further around the Independence Historic District, before Aram and YH were ready to meet for lunch. Here is Congress Hall, where the Federal legislative branch met from December, 1790- May, 1800. .
The Main Gallery of Independence Hall is below.
Next along my walk was the Liberty Bell Pavilion, of which more tomorrow.
Here is Old City Hall, which also served as the first U.S. Supreme Court Chamber.
Below is the Second Bank of the United States Portrait Gallery.
Here is a view into the Independence Hall courtyard.
Having to meet Aram and YH, I hurried on over to the Center for Art in Wood. They were suitably impressed by the gallery and by its shop.
The three of us enjoyed a nice lunch at Cafe Ole, across the street from CAIW. We then strolled around Betsy Ross House and briefly considered purchasing a 13-star flag.
For now, though, this shadowy replica of the original Stars and Stripes will suffice.
We will keep the wedding photos within the family, but I do want to share a few of the reception venue: Knowlton Mansion. Once again, the staff did their parts admirably, as did the band and vocalist. As for me, I cut loose and danced more this evening than I have in about eighteen years.
I do wish to share the intact wedding cake- always an affirmation of good fortune and fertility. The first, I wish for the new branch of the family. The second is their business, alone.
In any event, this day will long live as among the most beautiful with which I have had the pleasure of being involved- in at least seven years.
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