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Doug's Blog: A wedding to remember

By Doug Walker – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The first wedding is over, and what a memorable time it was.  Tara and Craig said their vows this past Saturday night at the Biloxi Yacht Club, with Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Randy Pierce officiating. 

Congrats to you, Randy, you did a wonderful job. Congrats to me, for walking my daughter down the aisle without stumbling on my feet, or shedding a tear.  Congrats to my wife, Lila, for holding it all together, despite a few tears. Congrats to my other daughter, Ashley, the maid of honor, for doing what she does best, taking charge. And congrats to all the relatives and friends who showed up. You were all a class act. 

The wedding went off without a hitch, despite the threat of rain. Ten minutes after the simple, yet poignant, outdoor ceremony, the skies opened up.  Truly a blessing and a good sign. 

After that, it was time to party. Tara danced her heart out, and Craig stood by with a beaming smile on his face, happy that his new wife was having the time of her life. 

As for me, if you remember the movie, "My Left Foot," it was penned in honor of my dancing skills.  "Footloose" I am not!  But I did manage to dance the father-bride dance with Tara to Paul Simon's "Father and Daughter," a beautiful song about a relationship between a man and his daughter. 

Lila, after having major surgery last November, downed a glass of wine for the first time since the operation, and proceeded to dance everyone into the dust.  She can "move" when she wants to.  I was thrilled to see my wife of 33 years having so much fun.

I was having fun too.  I was in charge if driving the Corvette away with Tara and Craig riding in the back, so I limited myself to one Michelob Ultra, and 478 Diet Cokes. And I managed to drive the Corvette without wrecking it, or throwing my daughter and her new husband off the back end of the speedy vehicle. 

Then the party was over, and it was time to go home.  But not after cleaning up the place and making sure everyone was safe and sound. 

And just when it was time to think my days of badgering my daughter about safety were over, the honeymoon came up.  Tara and Craig are going to Jamaica for a week.  It just so happens that Caribbean country is in the midst of a major drug cartel battle, with more than 50 civilians being killed in the past two weeks.  So much for letting go. 

So I did what I always do, give some friendly advice about being careful, and staying in the tourist locations, and then I let go, for good. 

God Bless, Tara and Craig.  Live a long and happy life together. 

But just when you think the story is ending, think again.  Lila and I get to do it all over again in November, when Ashley and Mark tie the knot.  Stay tuned and wish me luck.

Only this time, someone else can drive the Corvette.  And I promise to limit the amount of Diet Cokes, and become a little bit more "Footloose."

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