|The Wedding of the Century|
By Alanna Radle Rodriguez
I’m so glad you’re back for the conclusion of my blog on the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse in Edmond, because this blog covers something that is truly and dearly close to my heart. It’s been a few months since my last post about the schoolhouse, so let me recap.
The land run of Unassigned Lands in Oklahoma happened on Friday, April 22, 1889. Edmond was a small town settled that day. The ladies of Edmond formed the Aid Society and did enough fundraisers that they were able to build the first free school in the territory. It was open for the first church service on August 11, 1889, just shy of four months after the land run, and it was the site for the first funeral recorded in the county. It was also the site for the first recorded wedding in the county on August 11, 1889, probably after the Sunday service. Over the ten years it served as a schoolhouse, church and meeting place, many weddings took place there. The last one was held on Saturday, April 17, 1897. Over 117 years later, in 2014, the schoolhouse saw another first. Another wedding! And I was the bride!
|The first wedding in over 117 years!|
|My bouquet that held my great-great grandmother's crocheted doily|
Unmarried women would wear their tartans on the left shoulder where married women would wear theirs on the right. Now typically, a Scotsman would marry into the bride’s clan and take her tartan, but sometimes the Scotswoman would marry into the groom’s clan, too. It’s called Changing of the Tartans. Since my husband is a veteran, he wore the Armed Forces tartan, the Blackwatch. I wanted to honor his service so I changed my tartan. But don’t worry, I still have my old tartans and wear them too.
|Walking down the isle on my daddy's arm, my maiden tartan on my left shoulder|
|A daddy handing off his daughter|
|Changing the tartans, putting on my new tartan. On the right shoulder|
|The Loving Cup|
|Sharing of Bread|
|The Knot has been tied!|
|My sister's hand-fasting cord|
|Repeating our vows|
“I , Judge, promise you, Alanna, that I will stand beside you in sunshine and storm, in darkness and light, through good times and bad. Will you accept me as your husband?
I will. I, Alanna, promise you, Judge, that I will stand beside you in sunshine and storm, in darkness and light, through good times and bad. Will you accept me as your wife?
Together, we said:
“I have joined my life to yours
To stand by your side and sleep in your arms
To be a joy to your heart and food to your soul
To work as partners and live as a family
While we grow old.”
Happy Anniversary, my husband, my muirnait (beloved), my anmchara (soul friend). I love you.