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Sunday, July 20, 2003

When a man loves a woman.

Would you believe that just as the priest celebrating our Episcopal church wedding last Saturday began the celebration of the eucharist, the band across the street at the Amherst Crafts Fair started playing "When a Man Loves a Woman"? And to think Ms Philocrites and I spent hours looking for the eucharistic rite that would be most meaningful to our anything-but-Episcopalian gathering of Catholic, Mormon, Unitarian, and non-traditional friends and family! (Rite Three from Enriching Our Worship fit the bill nicely, in case you're wondering.) But even this coincidence of the sacred and the profane was perfect: The song ended when the eucharistic prayer did — just in time for communion and my sister's oboe performance of the Sinfonia from Bach's Cantata 21 — and left everyone smiling.

The wedding was great fun, thanks to Ms (now Mrs!) Philocrites' tireless planning. If you're getting hitched near Amherst, Mass., consider these outstanding vendors: The Amherst Woman's Club, Portabella Catering, the Henion Bakery (oh, that frosting!), Always in Bloom, Derek Goodwin Photography, Spirit Haus (which estimated our alcohol consumption to within three bottles), the exceptionally courteous folks at AfterHours in Holyoke, and — in Cambridge — Annique, who made my bride's stunning dress. And our party would not have been half so fun without Michael Daves and his quartet. What dancing!

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 20 July 2003 at 9:53 PM

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