“Man proposes and God disposes.”
So says wise Lynda Johnson Robb. The daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson played another familial role on this rainy weekend as mother of the bride. Jennifer Robb, a math teacher and coach — also daughter of Sen. Charles Robb — married Josh Glazer, who works in the national security division of the Office of Management and Budget.
The May 23 celebration at the LBJ Ranch on the Pedernales River was not without drama.
“We planned everything so well,” Lynda Johnson Robb says. “We gave out fans with the bride and groom’s pictures on them. We had a cake on a stump that had their name carved on it. On the tables, we had cigar boxes decorated with love poems and pieces of oral history. All kinds of wonderful things for people to look at when they had their Salt Lick meal.”
Naturally, wildflowers adorned the guests and tables. White chairs dotted the lawn. You see, at Lady Bird Johnson’s death, National Park Service officials agreed that the family could return to their cherished ranch for weddings, baptisms and funerals.
“Then the rains came,” Robb says.”So we had the wedding service in the airplane hangar which has been converted into a visitors center. Everyone stood and they were married right in front of Lyndon’s civil rights legacy exhibit in the background.”
The youngest Johnson descendants joined the wedding party. Many of the women wore blue bridesmaid’s dresses in the current fashion that encourages personal diversity (and re-use).
“We just pretended we were in the most beautiful church in the world,” Robb says. “The minister in his prepared notes had something to say about water not drowning things out. We had a tent for insurance for the barbecue and the dance floor. After that, we went out, the bride and groom danced, then others danced. And the rain came down and down and down. Everything was getting wet in the tent. Someone said the water on the dance floor was over their shoes. We all danced and pretended it was just what we had imagined.”
The Park Service interrupted the wet festivities to announce that the Pedernales River was up to 14 feet. At 16 feet, they would not be able to get out. Robb announced that the band would play “Auld Lang Syne” as guests boarded the buses.
The very core of the wedding party stayed at Sunset House — which the grandchildren own — intending to run a Memorial Day race. But they couldn’t get out for that. The ranch suffered minor damages such as downed tree limbs.
Meanwhile, the buses were detoured near Dripping Springs.
“Nobody got hurt,” Robb says. “Everybody got back to Austin. All those plans that mothers make, all those ideas … you’d cry, but we laughed instead.
(More pictures to come. Also correction: An earlier version of this post misidentified groom Josh Glazer.)