A wet but wonderful wedding


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The Chronicle does not (yet) have a milestones section, but if we did, we would have published the following announcement:
  Eric Crump
Flannery Crump, daughter of Amy and Eric Crump of Homewood, and Brett Luminais, son of Jill and Mike Luminais of Geneva, were married on Oct. 14, 2017. The ceremony was held in the back yard of the bride’s parents. 
It rained like crazy.
They got married anyway.
  A gallant groomsman 
  escorts the bride back 
  to the house after her 
  wedding ceremony. 

  (Photo by Eric Crump/
  H-F Chronicle)
The event reminded me of a very small scale Woodstock (not that I was there; I watched the movie): Lots of mud, lots of music, lots of love.
And a few stories to tell, like the one where Amy and I got up the morning of the wedding and discovered that the tents, which had been erected the day before by the young people, had collapsed from the weight of the water that gushed from the sky all night.
We jumped into action and were starting to put splints on bent tent poles, when the wedding party started to arrive. They  took over. They went to the store and got supplies. They rebuilt the tents so they were about twice as strong as before. 
That was a good thing, because the rain did not stop.
The beautiful solo flute processional performed by Eric Luminais, brother of the groom, was accompanied by a slightly incongruous but oddly charming staccato rain-on-tent rhythm section. 
The bride was escorted by her father, holding an umbrella, and her mother, trying to keep her dress out of the mud.
The ceremony was performed by the incomparable storyteller Megan Wells, who wove the weather right into her remarks.
After the ceremony, everyone focused on the task at hand, eating a vast spread of food prepared by Flannery’s best friend, Miranda Illsley. It’s a fine wedding tradition, the eating of the spread, so we didn’t want to interrupt and never got around to giving toasts. But if we had, here’s what I was going to say:
“It’s like rain on your wedding day.”
The way Alanis Morissette sings it (in her 1995 hit, “Ironic”), it sounds like she thinks it’s a bad thing. Clearly, there is nothing better than rain on your wedding day, as anyone who’s ever lived through a severe drought can tell you.
I have. 
There comes a point when everything and everyone — grass, trees, bugs, animals, people — are gasping with thirst. Parched. Withering. 
When the rains return, it’s glorious. 
It means renewal, rejuvenation, rejoicing. 
So here’s to Flannery and Brett, whose partnership became official on a very wet day. May this weather be a harbinger of regular renewal, rejuventation and rejoicing throughout their long life together.

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