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Weddings and Other Happy, Happy Occasions

I’ve just been at my niece, Katie’s wedding near Boston and it was a good time. She and my sister both looked amazing. Katie’s  longtime boyfriend and now husband is Jewish like Chelsea Clinton’s  new spouse. So there were cool, new traditions to experience. You haven’t lived until you see someone you love being lifted up and down in chairs during the hora.

My sister’s friend Diane made a Ketuba (wedding contract) out of  cut paper intricately designed and personalized. There was a groom pitching a ball on one tier of the wedding cake while a bride batted on a layer below.

My son, Chris, and Jim, my husband, hung around, holding up the walls of the remodeled barn where the wedding reception was located. And since the ceremony took place on a working farm, cows came over by fence to see what was up.

My 84-year-old cousin kibbutzed with my sisters’ friends And after my brother danced with Katie to “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,”   my 3-year-old niece  declared, “Elvis has left the building.”

Wedding and  other family reunions can be happy times or they can bring out the worse in us. Check out the selections below for some of each:

A Match Made in High School

Fiona learns a lot when she’s paired with a boy she doesn’t like during a marriage prep class in her high school.

The Sweet, Terrible, Glorious Year I Completely Lost It.

Enough has been going wrong with Gemma’s life. She doesn’t need to have her sister turn into a Bridezilla.

Caddy Ever After

The fourth in the series, this hilarious novel depicts the Casson siblings exploits leading up to the wedding of the oldest.

27 Dresses

Jane has always been a bridesmaid and never a bride until her sister plans to marry the person she loves.

Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Beechview

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