Aire Serv of the Mid-Hudson Valley - March/April 2020

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T hey say rain on your wedding day is good luck. If that’s really the case, then my son Nick and his new wife, Carly, have a lot of luck headed their way. Nick and Carly were married on Oct. 27, 2019 — the day the northeast was battered with pouring rain. And they had planned an outdoor ceremony! Thankfully, the ceremony took place under a pavilion at a local restaurant, so all 80 guests and the bride and groom were sheltered from the rain. Aside from the weather, the day went very smoothly, and we all had a lot of fun. It was great to see family we hadn’t seen in a long time, and of course, we were all very happy for Nick and Carly. They have been together for a while now and were engaged in September 2018. As a parent, there’s nothing you want more than to see your child happy and healthy. It was a bittersweet moment to watch Nick get married. I couldn’t believe he was actually old enough to make this commitment, but then I remembered I was his age when I got married. It’s crazy how fast time flies. On the one hand, I will always A LOT OF LOVE AND A LITTLE LUCK Celebrating my Son’s Wedding Day!

think of Nick as a little boy, but on the other, I can’t wait to watch how he continues to grow.

And now we have a daughter-in-law! Even though Carly has been around our family for a while, it has taken us a little time to get used to the idea that we have a daughter-in-law. Nick and Carly did a great job of bringing our families together — doing so in a way that is perfectly in theme for them. Before the wedding, Nick gave me a "Lord of the Rings" tie that featured a map of the great journey in the stories. Meanwhile, they gave Andrea a bracelet that was inscribed with a saying in Elvish lettering. (Elvish is a language in the "Lord of the Rings" series, for those who don’t know the story.) These were really nice touches, especially since they were gifts that are completely like Nick and Carly. It’s a great symbol of their relationship. After surviving the soaking-wet ceremony, the reception took place inside the restaurant. The food was great and we were able to reconnect with family. Personally, I enjoyed seeing Nick’s uncle, my first wife’s brother, again. I hadn’t seen him in ages, but it was really nice to catch up with him and the family. Overall, it was a great day to celebrate my son and new daughter-in-law. Sure, the rain may have dampened things a bit, but we like to think of it as a special blessing. Plus it’s a great story to tell! It’s nice to know they have a little bit of luck (and extra blessings) on their side.

Congratulations, again, Nick and Carly!

Jim Serra

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