With my 30th wedding anniversary coming up soon, I have been toying with the idea of posting some stories surrounding our infamous wedding. Imagine my surprise yesterday when I bought a "Cowboys and Indians" magazine with a reminder of my wedding. From time to time I buy C&I when something on the cover strikes me as interesting. This months magazine has a big article on John Wayne - my hero. Anyway, while flipping through the pages of C&I, I came across and article/ad on ballooning. There on page 153 was a picture and write-up on Johnny Lewis and his balloon company, Santa Fe Balloons. So what does this have to do with my wedding 30 years ago? Well, John Lewis, aka John the Baptist, married Toby and me at the Community House in Red River, NM. John had come to RR some years earlier as a motel owner, later a jeep driver, and eventually a balloonist. John was probably the best jeep driver ever because of his friendliness and great stories or BS. John was also an ordained Baptist preacher - hence the nickname. When we asked him to do our wedding ceremony, he said yes. He said he would say, "Do ya, do ya? And we would say Yeah, yeah. Then we would go to the party." He did not have a suit and tie for the wedding - who did in RR back in those days? A friend of my father's gave John some money to rent a tux for our wedding although it was not formal at all. John showed up in a top-hat and tails. He was a big hit. He did a great job going over our vows with us. It was quick and to the point. I did giggle when Toby promised , "all my worrlie goods" rather than "worldly goods."
The reception was a huge party at the Motherlode. I will tell more about that in another post, but here is a picture of my dad with John the Baptist, and a picture of the basic wedding party My cousin, Patti, was my maid of honor. My brother, Craig, was Toby's best man. It was my perfect wedding.