I have waited a week to post about this much-anticipated event--the wedding of our son, Howard, to the lovely lady, Dawn, whom he dated years ago when they were 18.
Although Dawn knew her heart then, as so often happens, the young man did not.
Both survived the rough patches of failed marriages and some years alone before re-connecting earlier this year.
It was love at second sight--and we are honored to welcome her into our family at last.
Dawn and Howard with the friend who would lead them in their vows.
Susan, our niece, applies her talents to the decorations.
Friends of Dawn offered their tropical garden as the venue for ceremony and reception.
Howard stands with scissors and glue gun at the ready while decoration of the pavilion is discussed.
The groom and his best man [his Uncle Andrew] ready for the drive to the wedding.
The groom, well-dosed with allergy meds against the profusion of flowers involved.
Howard leads me to my chair.
Perhaps the wedding planners hadn't thought that the late afternoon hour would place the lower garden in blazing sun!
Jim, hair wafting in the breeze, escorts the bride along the flower-strewn aisle.
The bride, an accomplished vocalist, sings to her love.
Matron of honor, the bride's sister, Jennie, supplied the harmony.
The exchange of vows.
Posing at the pavilion.
You can see the slanting rays of sun which made photos a bit awkward.
Katie, Howard's dear dog, obligingly wore the flowered collar which Dawn bought for her.
The table prepared for the bride and groom--before the flowers were moved in deference to allergies.
It didn't take the groom long to be out of his finery!
So many photos--so many memories to cherish as a family.
For us, a quiet morning walk on the beach before being delivered to the airport for the day-long journey back to Kentucky.
The newly weds planned a week of sorting themselves and quietly enjoying time together with the rush and bustle behind them.
Blessings on them!