Old Friends, a Wedding, the Ocean, Kids...
DD visited with us for a few days before taking our car to NH for her friend's wedding. The friendship began years ago in college, included shared interests in turtle studies, and much more. They've shared a house together, had pet woes too. One of them lost a brother in a tragic white water accident. These three ladies have been through thick and thin together...and will continue to do so as life goes on.
They met up several days before the wedding to help out.
DD was called to duty when the flowers prepared by a lady all collapsed by the morning of the occasion!
The happy couple gave each other an "Elizabeth" Magnolia as their wedding gift, and everyone chimed in to help plant it early in the morning. Dog leashes were used to lower it into the hole!!!
If you look carefully you will see a lovely stone wall in their back garden. They built this area themselves and it was used for the dancing later on. It will eventually be a vegetable garden.
The Maid of Honour was 1 1/2 hours late for the ceremony. It was decided to wait for her, but the bride had decided that she and the groom were not to see each other until the service, so the wait was long! The site was exquisite and the many children enjoyed the woods, lakes and grasses. The bride enjoyed the children beforehand too. DD caught some special shots of this time, photos no one else took.
The bride plays bassoon, and so music by friends was an important part of the day:
At last everyone arrived and the ceremony began.
Married at last!
The two Sarahs...
Skyler with his Dad. He chose to wear an Indian suit.(Don't you love the shoes!)
The next day was reserved for a visit by the ocean with Sarah's brother. How nice it is that they make time for each other!
DS is great with kids, so Skyler was well entertained and challenged:
Back at the farm, there was singing...
lots of Bocci Ball and Croquet, and just plain lounging around.
A great time had by ALL! And now the wait for Christmas begins!