Wednesday, November 19, 2014
After the mass and sacrament of marraige the trolleys came to pick up the guests and take us to the reception at The River House in St Augustine. The wedding party would follow after photos.
We arrived and were shown to the patio where a steel drum band played , bars were set up with every imaginable drink,and hors d'ouvres were served. There was beer cheese to dip the warm pretzel bites and drizzle over grilled veggies, party sized grilled cheese sandwiches and tiny cups of tomato soup, ahi tuna, guiness sliders, coconut-curry chicken and steak skewers, escargot, and several other tidbits.
While enjoying the view of the river and sail boats, the delicious food, and a drink a friend who had lost her husband , at a very young age, three months after my Ed died, came and asked me to go inside with her. She took me to awhere there was an easel. On the easel was a large ornate frame with a lovely poem about family members missing from the celebration because of their death. There was Michael's first wife, Tracy's parents and grandparents, Michael's grandparents, various aunts, uncles, and cousins. Then there was the photo of the two Ed's who had died so close together. It was a photo of them with the bride taken 8 or 10 years ago. Kim and I were so touched that Tracy had loved them so much that she included them that we just held each other and cried.
The bridal party arrived, Tracy and Michael danced their first dance as a married couple, and we all went inside to another band, a beautifully decorated ballroom, and dinner.
More to come later.
Friday, November 14, 2014
The wedding day dawned bright and sunny! The wedding party was staying in a hotel different from the guests; so, we didn't see any of them before the wedding. The bride's aunt and I dressed and I got the early trolley provided by the bride and groom to be early enough at the cathedral to get an awesome seat, and it was awesome!
The terrbly ugly scaffolding that was up the day before the wedding was still there but was hidden by gold drapes that matched the gold leaf in the cathedral! Beautiful!! The flowers, two large bases on the alter and smaller matching bouquets on the reserved seats were white, pale pinkish, and the purple/mauve/pink heather. Magnificent!
The organist began with ''Lord of the Dance'' as prelude. When Pachelbel's ''Canon in D'' began the groomsmen and bridesmaids came down the aisle. The men were handsome but the women ( the bride's sisters, niece, soon to be step daughter, a my daughter) were beyond beautiful in their eggplant chiffon, their hair up, and incredible professional makeup!
Then the bride camedown the aisle, to ''Trumpet Voluntary'' with her brother in law, in his air force uniform, and her uncle, wearing his clan kilt, and looking so happy, so excited, and so very beautiful. She joined her groom, her prince charming that she waited so many years to find, and mass and marraige ceremony began! The ''Ave Maria'' was sung just before the Recessional, ''Flower of Scotland''.
Tracy and Michael were one. LET THE CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE!
Wednesday, November 05, 2014
My friend, her son, and I went to the church ( the Basillica Cathedral in the old section of the city) and while we waited for the bride and bridesmaids ( funny thing, they got caught in traffic and also had to change in the cars) we marveled at the beauty of the marble alter, the gold embellishments, and beautiful stained glass windows, side alters, ceiling, etc and wondered about the distraction that the scaffolding might cause, especially for photographs. Yes, there was construction going on and a lot of scaffolding was up.
Finally the bridal party arrived (the groom had just about warn a hole in the floor pacing). The rehearsal was completed with out a hitch, and it was on to the rehearsal dinner for the bridal party and their families. My friend, her son, and I walked the short distance and were seated under a pergola covered with vines and interspersed with small white lights. We placed our drink order and soon the others arrived. We all introduced ourselves to the groom's family and some of the bride's family whom we had not met. What a delightful, friendly, and fun group of people. There had been many choices for dinner and I had chosen the crab cakes, can I say delicious? Yes I can! Soon the guitarist/keyboardist set up and after dinner more wedding guests arrived for drinks.
My friend and I left soon after the groom's family as she had been up since before dawn cracked and was quite tired! When we got back to the hotel the bride's aunt, who shared my room, was there and we had a grand time catching up on the families!
We went to bed early, by midnight, in preparation for the wedding and festivities the next day!
More to come!
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