I asked my friend Mary if I could snag this picture off her blog.
This was taken in 1953. And to quote Mary:
"This is Mom at her wedding reception. My dad, Myron, missed it because his boss at the gas station wouldn't give him time off!"
I don't think I have EVER seen a bride without the groom at their reception!
Mary gives further detail:
Mary's parents raised 5 children together and were married for 48 1/2 years when her mom passed away in 2002. Amazing, especially when you consider what an early start they had.