If you follow me on Instagram then you know my summer was pretty crazy with three wedding events in three separate state within 30 days. There was a lot of hashtag #3weddingevents3states30days (speaking of hashtags, have you seen this YouTube video?!) going on. In the middle of those three wedding festivities was my annual Gruber's retreat (thank goodness for that!).
Here it is October and I haven't caught my breath yet. I think I've put off posting about these occasions because I don't want to admit they're over. I'm taking advantage of Cindy's Really Random Thursday linky party to give a brief recap.
The first wedding was my sister's in Montana around the 4th of July. Liz and her husband Luke share a love of the band Wide Spread Panic. My dad gave a funny speech about that being a very appropriate theme of the weekend - cancelled flights, lost luggage, keys locked in the car, a flat tire, last minute vow writing among the mishaps. In spite of all that, the ceremony was perfect, and everyone had a wonderful time. The bride and groom, the weather and the scenery were all just gorgeous!
The next weekend was my oldest son's wedding in Washington. We packed up the car and hit the road, picking up grandparents along the way. Being the mother of the groom, I didn't have too many responsibilities, so I tried to sit back and enjoy the ride.
The day of the wedding was just magical!!! The weather couldn't have been more perfect, with Mount Ranier visible behind the bride and groom as they exchanged vows. The bride, looking radiant and gorgeous, was escorted by both her parents. My two sons (the groom and the best man) walked me down the aisle. My husband walked my daughter down the aisle where she played the violin (per the couple's request Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) during the processional.
The ceremony and reception were held at The Maritime Center. As Alex and Kasi were pronounced husband and wife, the ferry boat tooted its horn in approval ;-) My brother-in-law had my camera and took some great shots. I kind of like the candid ones.
|my daughter and daughter-in-law|
|Montana wedding collage|
|with my boys|
|Father and Daughter|
|Here Comes The Bride|
|Washington wedding collage|
|before the wedding|
|one of my favorite pictures|
|Gruber's retreat collage|
|Florida reception collage|
Since Alex and Kasi were married so far away, we had a second reception in Florida for family and close friends. I mentioned that being mother of the groom I didn't have many responsibilities at the wedding. Well, the opposite was true for the Florida party. I got a little taste of what it's like to be mother of the bride ;-)
|photographer in action|
My daughter helped prep quilt blocks for signing, design activities for the younger kids, and took photographs of the guests for the guest book. She was such a good sport. She did say that she's glad to be done with the fancy hair and dresses for a while!
|heading to dinner|
The best part was having Leo (his parents too) spend several weeks in Florida! We did lots of fun things together.....
....picked out KONA solids for a quilt project
.....went to the book store
......chased/ran away up the stairs
....played peek a boo with the cute boy in the mirror
|another candid photo - sometimes the best kind|
Thanks for letting me share a little bit of my family summer vacation with you. I tried to keep the photos to a minimum. If you made it all the way to the end, you are to be commended ;-)