June 24, 2011 4 Comments
Yep, utterly gorgeous day.
My day began at The Flower Shop and on the way home I stopped on the side of the road to take a picture because not only were there bouquets in my trunk, but there were bouquets in the sky.
I’ve met many people who read runes; tea leaves, palms, and stars, but clouds seem to be more fun and ethereal for me. 😀
Finding a new venue for the wedding, within six weeks of the nuptials, was a scramble after a year of plans but the last chance site had some bonus features.
The previously selected state campground as the wedding site lacked electricity, running water, and was a dozen miles from a main road, hidden in a forest. It was magical, not entirely practical. Mother Nature washed out the access road this winter and we had to find a new site, nine miles from my home. It had electrical power and running water. Including a dramatic pavilion with nice on-site tables and chairs was a wonderful gift. Thank you, Mother Nature.
There were a lot of friends and family that showed up the day before, and the morning of, to set up this celebration site. Finally it was time for the wedding ceremony! Which ended with THE KISS!
Earlier, I was escorted to a chair by my first son-in-law, Dusty, an exceptional man.
Dusty is very happy to have Matt as a new brother-in-law, because now these two men can share the blame for whatever our girls get-up-to…
The father-of-the-bride was still recovering (from injury/surgery) five years ago when he walked Michelle down the aisle to become Dusty’s bride.
Now Ed’s walking tall and strong and was a bit emotional to walk Katelyn down the aisle. For a few years, Katelyn wasn’t sure her dad would be able to walk her down the aisle but remained hopeful, and was thrilled to get her wish.
Ed even referred to his “bride of 30 years” during his two minute speech/toast. Ed’s a good man, and I know how he treats his wife and daughters, which is how I measure the value of a man. And, I’ve always said, “It’s a good thing he’s cute.”
The wedding feast was amazing because the groom – Matt – is a chef for Andina Restaurant, which is Peruvian cuisine. Matt met Katelyn when they both worked at Gustav’s known for it’s German cuisine, and the bride and groom share an Irish heritage. The similarity between these three cultures and food preferences is the beer and wine to be served with…
By this time, attending children were already fed and had other interests.
But there were traditions to be observed, like cutting the cake…
Then there was a bouquet to toss and a garter to find in the folds under the dress.
It was the party of the year, and kick-off for the summer, for most of us. But it was all brought to you by the bridal party and an awesome photographer:
Dan, formerly a photo journalist for E-Z Rider magazine, currently works as a bartender at Charlie’s in Government Camp. His time and photos were a gift to the bride and groom.
As the mother-of-the-bride, I am still recovering from the awesomeness of the whole event. There were a lot of things I specifically stated to others (and the universe) to “contact me after the wedding.”
Now, those things delayed are like snowballs that start an avalanche. The future is yet to be written and I may have to learn to write faster. 😀