PERSONALLY YOURS: My moment as mother of the groom

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 09:03 AM.

I ended up with two dresses of my own choosing — one for the ceremony at the historic chapel, and one for the swanky reception site.

When I flew up for the wedding last week, those two dresses and their accessories were all that was in my carry-on bag so that I could guard them for a safe arrival.

I arrived a day early to meet the parents and get comfortable. I really didn't know what to expect since the first impression I had heard from my son was that the mother was something like me. To that, I could only ask, "And you're still dating her?!" To which my son chuckled.

What I found was a woman who did indeed have several qualities that I possess. I liked her a lot and felt right at home.

The next day was even better as my son called to tell me he was on his way to see me and was available to spend the afternoon with me. Sweet!

He showed me the chapel where he would marry two days later, and the lodge where the reception would be held. We walked around the small town where it is located, then went to a small vineyard nearby that was holding a wine tasting. New York state produces some very good wine! I liked several, and my son zeroed in on the sparkling wine that his bride prefers as one she would like. He bought a case. I bought one bottle of the one he liked for the sake of memories.

That night, my daughters arrived and the family celebration began.

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