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Got to be Real: With this ring: Lives sealed after hectic preparation

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Column by Shonna Sheckles

By the time this column is read, my niece, McKenzie, will be Mrs. Loyd. I had forgotten in a short two-year span how the wedding-planning game works. I must say it still is the same. I have tried to be a help to my sister in the planning and dragging of wedding materials.

McKenzie is the quiet storm of the four grandchildren in our family. She is the one you never know what she is thinking unless you ask. So when she announced she had met the man of her dreams, we were shocked and happy. Then the icing was put on the cake when he asked her to be his bride.

As families do, we went into wedding mode. Trying to give input on every detail from dress, veil, flowers and what type of punch will be served at the reception.

Like I said, my husband and I had just gone through this same process a little more than two years ago, so I thought I was Miss Wedding Answers, but what I did not have the answer for is how expensive services and wedding attire had become.

As we muddled through the details of the upcoming nuptials, it became apparent this was turning into a lavish affair. In the beginning, we’re not really sure how the bride felt, but she went with it.

It is funny, what I remember about McKenzie is she always was the giving child, always the one who stood back and never jumped into the limelight, but now the spotlight is on her.

It is crunch time, and excitement is in the air. My little niece now is getting ready to become a U.S. Army wife and mother. She will trade her dress and veil for a brown ID card, learning the rank structure, on-post housing and the opportunity to travel and support her new husband as he continues to serve his country.

Weddings are beautiful and the preparation is hectic, but the uniting of two hearts — in this case, four — is magical to say the least. So, like a wedding ring, I wish McKenzie and “D”a life of unending love and happiness. Cheers.

Shonna Sheckles lives in Bardstown and works in Elizabethtown.
She can be reached with reader comments at kyclassie78@hotmail.com.