Fr. Frank St. Amour presides over the ceremony. Photos by Lauren C. Photography.

I attended a very important wedding this summer – my grandson and his betrothed.

After having had to postpone a larger wedding, Charles Crenshaw Meehan and Sarah Beth Smick were joined in marriage by the Reverend Frank St. Amour in the Labyrinth of the Memorial Garden at St. Paul’s Parish, Kent, on Saturday, July 18, 2020.

The ceremony took place at 11:00 a.m. in the company of their parents: Lisa Beth and Joe Smick, and Mattie and Andrew Meehan; the groom’s brothers, William and Henry Meehan, and the bride’s brother, Benjamin. The groom’s uncle, Stephen Meehan and grandmother, Kathryn Meehan, were also present. In keeping with the protocol of the Stage 2 Opening, the bride’s mother made matching masks for all present at the limited outdoor gathering.

The groom may kiss the bride. 

As the bride walked across the Labyrinth on the arm of her father, the groom’s brother William played the melodic “Pachelbel Canon in D Major” on his violin. The bride and groom’s brothers, Ben and Henry, each gave a reading.

The setting could not have been more beautiful. While a large wedding and reception have their place, nature formed a sanctuary and the majestic old trees arched over the group, as if to add their blessing.

Following the ceremony, the wedding party paid their respects to Crenshaw’s grandfather, Mike Meehan, who is at rest in the Cemetery.

In the spirit of missing so many family members because of restrictions during the pandemic, a Zoom Reception had been organized. As the wedding cake was served, family technicians set up tripods and webcams and the party was joined by family and friends from around the World. The virtual guests included the bride’s sister and brother-in-law, Rebecca and Jimmy Smick; her grandmother and grandfather, Dee and Donald Mosher; the groom’s grandmother and grandfather, Eugenia Robinson and Buddy Johnson; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

Following the reception, everyone wished the glowing couple much happiness as they departed on their “mini-moon” and new married life.

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