The CD was made to look just like the records did!
My parents had their wedding recorded and put on a record (actually it took 3 very large 78 rpm records to fit the 30 minute ceremony).
If you click here you can listen to the ceremony. Remember this was over 60 years ago so the quality isn't great but you can hear it! It may take several moments to load. By looking at the timing below you
can fast forward to what you might like to hear. Of course my favorite part is the Marriage Vows where I can hear my parents vow to love each other until "death us do part." Which is what they did!
of Events and Timing
Song, Through the Years 00:00-2:23
Church Bells Ringing 2:23-3:00
Processional (Here Comes The Bride) 3:00-6:22
Message (Rev. Carl Bauer) 6:23-16:02
Song, Promise Me 16:06-19:09
*Marriage Vows (Rev. Marcus Zill) 19:12-23:01
Prayers (Rev. Marcus Zill) 23:04-24:20
Song, Prayer Perfect
Blessing (Rev. Marcus Zill) 26:20-26:32
Song, O Perfect Love
I wish I knew who the singer of the songs was but I don't. The Rev. Marcus Zill was my father's brother, my Godfather and he also married Loren and me in 1981.
I want to share with you how we found this recording. While Rosalie
was living in the assisted living home in 2011 she wanted me to find this recording of her wedding. It had been recorded on a 78 rpm record and she wanted to hear it. She was sure she remembered where it was and what it looked liked.
I could not find it anywhere and was heartsick that I couldn't find it before she died.
Several months after her death while cleaning out her house and getting ready for the estate sale we brought all their old records up stairs and marked them
at a ridiculously low price. While we were straightening them out I noticed a piece of pink paper sticking slightly up. It was in album cover of Christmas Hymns and Carols. The note was in my mom's handwriting, it read,
is Daddy's and my wedding but it doesn't fit on present record player. Uncle Jack may have a record player in his garage that will play it."
Sure enough inside were three large heavy disks labeled, "Kenneth Zill-Rosalie Nash Wedding." It
was as if she planted it there so that I would find it someday. I was so relieved to have found it! I could have so easily sold it.
We were able to have it transferred on to a CD so we can keep it forever and are able to listen
to it! How many people in 1953 recorded their wedding? We didn't even have a video from our wedding in 1981! And how many people can listen to their parents wedding from over 6o years ago? Not many I imagine!
I also want to thank my
dear son-in-law, Jason Grieves, for finding a way for me to post a link of the recording so that I could share it here with you!