Imagine I tell you an 80-year-old couple are getting married. What springs to mind? A quiet dinner with family after a small ceremony? A couple of stiff, formal grandparents? Whatever preconceived ideas I may have had were dispelled as soon as I met Syd and Chuck at their apartment when we talked about their wedding. They invited me in, poured me a steaming mug of coffee and after a tour of their home and getting stories of the various pieces of art (and they had a lot!) we sat down and hunched over Ipads and lists. These guys are technologically savvy. They weren’t messing around; they were getting hitched, and the Save the Date said it all–It Just Got Real. Syd told me, “You know, it is an important event and should be treated seriously, but we’re also going to have fun.”
They had a beautiful Jewish ceremony at Congregation Beth Israel. They were so excited; you couldn’t help but be in love with love. They had a beautiful hand painted ketubah to hang in their home after it was signed. The rabbi spoke of how delightful they are, and they are! They met while volunteering as ushers at The Long Performing Arts Center. Chuck hailed from Brooklyn, Syd spent her whole life in Texas. Both previously widowed, this was a day of celebration for all their friends and family.
From their first dance, to the hora, to emotional toasts from their kids and a last dance to Willie Nelson, Syd and Chuck had an amazing wedding. It was a blast. And I am so thrilled and honored to have been a part of it.
Mazel tov, Syd and Chuck!