It is the most glorious of weddings.
All of greater Washington is there:
Senators, Representatives, foreign press secretaries, aides de camp, Congressional Whips, stern-faced men in gray suits with little plastic ID cards, a couple of all-but-forgotten retirees from the Warren Court. The Georgian taxi driver wouldn’t miss it for the world.
And that’s not even counting every blood relative on either side of Sam’s and Harry’s families, plus enough friends and neighbors from around the world to fill a 767.
The senior Senator from Iowa brings the smoked hindquarter of a yearling pig fed only on peanuts. The Lower House of the Sovereign State of Louisiana sends a live capon. The boys from the Paix chip in for a quarter pound of white truffles.
Previously on The Rocky Road of Love… Episode 1: One Fine Day. Episode 2: Fate and Chèvre. Episode 3: The Rocky Road Ahead. Episode 4: Could This Be Lunch? Episode 5: I Only Have Eyes for Stew. Episode 6: Harry in Love. Episode 7: Dinner for Two. Episode 8: Sam, Line 2. Episode 9: Romance at Home. Episode 10: Barbecue, Beans, and Slow-Pitch Softball. Episode 11: Play Ball! Episode 12: How ‘Bout Them Dawgs! Episode 13: Mercy! Episode 14: Harry Gets Mad! Episode 15: Harry and the Hopelessly Inadequate Ballet Buffet. Episode 16: And Now Sam’s Mad! Episode 17: The Last Goodbye. Episode 18: The Big Breakup. Episode 19: Chocolate on Her Mind. Episode 20: Life without Harry. Episode 21: Life without Sam. Episode 22: Of Rice and Men. Episode 23: Lasagna to the Rescue! Episode 24: Together Again! Episode 25: Black Velvet! Episode 26: Romance on the Town! Episode 27: Dancing! Episode 28: At Long Last Breakfast! Episode 29: Paradise! Episode 30: A Vision in Sausage and Pink Chenille! Episode 31: Battenburg Lace.
Up next … Episode 33: You Are Invited!