I met them on a cruise in the Caribbean. The woman I was with passed out due to the heat during the emergency drill. An entire crowd of people ran away from us except for one couple. Jeannie is a stewardess with Jet Blue. Scott is a pilot for the same airline. Not only did Jeannie get down on the deck with me to see what she could do but reassured us and stayed until the ship's doctor arrived. We kept running into them until one day she sat down with us for lunch where I learned they were getting married. One knapkin plan lead to another and then a cigar and some great Scotch lead to more wedding advice for a groom getting married for the first time at the age of fifty. Even on vacation I can't stop talking about my passion! In fact, one of my most perfect days was spent in Grand Turk swimming in the ocean over a reef next to a seven thousand foot drop with a barracuda checking us out only feet away and a baby shark swimming lazily below us. And still we were talking about their wedding day. It was to be held not in their Miami Florida community but La Costanera in Half Moon Bay outside of San Francisco. Guests were flying in from all over the world but most important was Taylor, the Groom's son.
Because I knew their date had been booked for a year we parted company and I wished them well making vague plans, as often happens on these trips, to keep in touch.
But as I stepped off the boat my phone rang with a message that my voice mail had been busy including a sad cancellation. A bride had an unfortunate operation and wouldn't be well enough for her wedding day. It was the day Jeannie and Scott would be saying 'I do'. A confirmation, a flurry of emails and phone calls and plane tickets arrived in the mail. We had talked about their day so often there was no way I was going to miss our date. October 15 2001 with the Pacific Oceans roaring in the background and a soft warm breeze I pronounced Jeannie Szabo and William Scott Peale husband and wife.
"I Scott, choose you, Jeannie,
to be my wife.
I promise to love you,
and cherish you,
and always give your heart a safe place to land.
from this day forward."
"I , Jeannie, choose you, Scott,
to be my husband.
I promise to love you, and cherish you,
in turbulence and in fair weather,
good landings and bad,
from this day forward."
Their son Taylor is simply one of the nicest kids I have ever met. His Dad is obviously so proud and looking forward to watching him grow up. Jeannie was doing an amazing job as Step-Mom and it was obvious she loved the role. When a family is blended it isn't two people getting married but the whole family. Jeannie loved my idea of a separate vow just for Taylor and we made it a highlight of the ceremony.
"Taylor, I promise to love you, always be there for you,
And always bake you chocolate chip cookies."
They are so lucky to have each other
Incidentally, it was the first wedding in a long time where I didn't have to play music.