My husband Tim’s best friend, Zack, was married Saturday. Tim participated in his wedding as a groomsmen, leaving me flying solo for most of the festivities. I was given the option to invite a friend; but because it was Labor Day weekend, I knew most people would have other plans. It’s not as though I would be completely alone as Tim would eventually be free to spend time with me once the formalities were complete.
The rehearsal dinner turned out to be very advantageous. I met Zack’s best man, Brad, for the first time. Tim had met him at the bachelor party a month before the big day. Better for me I met Brad’s wife, Samantha. She was also not in the wedding and was going it alone for the weekend while her husband was standing up with his friend.
Samantha and I immediately bonded given our similar circumstances. We sat together at the rehearsal and got to know one another. We developed a plan to spend the morning of the wedding together while the boys and the rest of the wedding party took photos.
The wedding was at the Festhalle Barn in Amana. I had never attended an event there, but I have been to the colonies on several occasions. One of my favorite field trips during grade school was to the Amana Colonies. I was fascinated by the culture and will always remember the unique learning experience I had on that trip.
Hailing from western Illinois, Samantha had never been to the Amanas before. We hoped the rain would hold off in the morning to allow us to explore many of the different shops in the area.
Luck was on our side, and while we walked in a light rain from time to time, we stayed mostly dry in our explorations. The General Store is always a fascinating place. It contains so many odds and ends, homemade goodies and handmade trinkets that are unique only to the Amanas. I had to pick up a jar of peach preserves while I was there. It’s my favorite, and I only get a jar every so often.
Samantha found gifts for her two kids, a superhero book for her son and a princess book for her daughter. We enjoyed tasting fudge, cheese and wine. I was impressed by the number of tourists who were walking the streets. Amana is a beautiful location right in the heart of Iowa. It makes for a nice weekend getaway not too far from home.
Samantha and I went back to her room at the bed and breakfast to get ready for the wedding then walked over to the barn as pictures were ending. Tim looked very dapper in his tuxedo; however, the humidity of the day was getting to the whole wedding party. The rustic setting in Amana also meant no air conditioned relief in the barn — large fans were the only alleviation from the heat.
The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was lovely. Zack and his bride, Mary Lou, looked so happy the whole day. Tim was honored to be part of the wedding, and I was happy to share just a small part.
Tim and I have one more wedding this year to wrap up a rather busy wedding season for us. It seems 2018 was a popular year to tie the knot. We were happy to celebrate our marriage as well as several friends and family members. Congratulations to all of the year’s happy couples.
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