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  • BACK IN THOSE simpler times we all love to romanticize about, it was not unusual for a young couple to exchange wedding vows in a rustic or village setting. Nice custom, if you ask me.

    My next-door neighbor Karl brought his bride Hui Qi ("Vicki" to you) home to our little borough of Wyomissing Hills from Pittsburgh, where they're both students at Carnegie Mellon University.

    Another neighbor, who has an attractive front porch, provided the bower for the ceremony. Yet another neighbor who sits as an associate judge on our County Court of Common Pleas dug out his robe of office and officiated.
  • THE MOTHER of the groom displayed the emotion one would expect, at watching her one and only offspring setting sail on the adventurous seas of matrimony.

    The judge was a man of few words, as were the bride and groom.
  • AND THEY SEALED the contract in the time-honored fashion. The congregation passed through the receiving line to the reception area for hot dogs, beer and any number of pot-luck covered dishes.

    And now, it's back to Pittsburgh for the bride. The groom is off to Italy to take a course required for the completion of his graduate curriculum.

    Separate honeymoons seems a strange way to consummate a traditional village wedding — but, they're smart kids, and I'm sure they have it figured out.

    Even though I'm not Jewish, I send them a heartfelt Mazal tov!
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