Good Morning and Happy Friday to all of you readers out there. I'm happy to say that I am officially done with weddings for the year and should be blogging a lot more as I am sitting on a collection of great work. As an example of that, here's this week's [FRAME], which is actually one from my wedding this past weekend and I can say that it's truly a one of a kind moment. We'll call this one Champagne Sabre. Lets dive in. As I said, this is a one of a kind moment from my wedding this past weekend with Erin and Scott. This particular moment happened during their amazingly beautiful reception at Celebration Farm in Iowa City. The guests were enjoying dinner when we heard an announcement that the toasts were about to begin. The guests quieted down and Erin's mother grabbed the microphone and took center stage in front of the head table. Naturally, you would expect the normal "thank-yous," followed by some kind words about the bride and groom...and you would be right. She began her wedding toast by thanking all of guests for arriving to show their support and help celebrate Erin and Scott's wedding. She thanked the family and friends that helped with the preparations and the decorations which filled the wonderful venue. She then directed her attention to Scott and complimented him on being such a great man and making Erin happy.

But, that's when the speech took a strange turn.

She proceeded to tell everyone that she had researched her family lineage and discovered that she was in fact French. She then said that it was a French custom to gift a ceremonial sabre during times of celebration. She then turned around and was suddenly wielding a sword! Yes, you read that right. During the wedding toast the mother of the bride actually pulled out a sword. But, she wasn't done. Nope. Not by a long shot. She continued on say that rather than simply giving him the sword, she wanted to do a a ceremonial act with it to spice things up a bit. She announced that she would be using it to open the bottle of champagne — apparently something she had always wanted to do. And, while she was waving the sword...who was going to argue with her?

So, she grabbed the champagne bottle, angled it against her body, lined up the sword, and then gave a count down. One...two...three...

SLICE

In one fluid move, she jerked the sword down the bottle and off went the cork — and the top of the bottle as a matter of fact. Champagne cascaded out of the now broken bottle and on to the floor as thrust the sword and champagne bottle in the air letting out a triumphant shout. The audience answered back with a roaring applause as if cheering for a gladiator in an arena. It was such an amazing sight. When the applause subsided, she poured them both champagne, raised their glasses (and the sword), and toasted to the new couple who now had a great story to tell.

For most people, wedding toasts seem a bit dull. Thank you...blah blah blah...insert funny story here...blah blah blah...congrats to the couple. However, this story just goes to show you that things are not always what they seem and it just takes the right person or the right set of circumstances to make them truly spectacular. Case in point, a mother-in-law wielding a sabre. Honestly though, this wedding was really special and a fitting end to an amazing year. I seriously can't wait to share this and all the other wonderful work I have in reserve.

Thanks for reading. Cheers!

Erin's mom breaks open the champagne with a sabre during their wedding toast

Erin's mom breaks open the champagne with a sabre during their wedding toast

Erin's mom breaks open the champagne with a sabre during their wedding toast

Erin's mom breaks open the champagne with a sabre during their wedding toast

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