The wedding itself was beautiful, pretty bride and handsome groom and all the bells and whistles. A few different things-the brunch, open invitation to all, was an odd thing to see on the wedding invite. The grooms dinner as well was an open invitation to all invited to the wedding. There had been a Thursday golf tournament too. I've never seen a wedding stretch over four days, but I shouldn't have been surprised with this part of DH's family, where most things are a bit over the top. Still, there were no expectations about what anyone should participate in, so more options to join as preferred.Weddings should be an expression of the couple, and this one certainly was. I wish my lovely niece a and her new husband a lifetime of happiness.
A few moments really made me smile. My niece danced with her very frail and ailing grandpa, who even managed to spin her around. The brides 20 year old brother must have taken a few dance lessons, because he was burning up the dance floor with all the ladies, meaning aunts, cousins, his mom's friends. I was exhausted after my turn with him! Here is a blurry photo of my nephew, a.k.a. the brides brother with his cousin, my DD2, as she was being spun.
DD1 worked so hard taking video, beginning at 9:00 a.m. straight through to the end of the dance. Now she will have 15 hours of footage to go through and the editing process to create the wedding video. This may be the first and last wedding she ever does. Her colleagues had warned her weddings are hard, more labor intensive than other projects, and family weddings the worse. We think the extended family is pretty clueless as to the amount of work involved. This isn't the days like in our wedding where an uncle strapped a huge video camera on a tripod and just let the tape roll and the end result was whatever was captured. She had the experience of people either thinking she was just a busy guest taking personal video (and getting in her way) or the hired help. I guess lesson learned, or secured, she will focus her private work on ventures other than weddings.
I do not have any good pictures of me wearing the dress,nor staging skills for pictures, but chose the more conservative blue rather than the prettier blue with the flowy sleeves. I just felt more comfortable in it, and both girls agreed it was the more suitable dress. DH's young cousins,about the ages of my older children,and with great fashion sense, both complimented me and said it really suited me. The other blue dress, plus the dress that DH said looked like it was meant for a 70 year old women, are being returned after work tonight. Here they are though. The odd color shading in the first dress is due to it not being dry. I washed it on delicate right away when we got home and it still wasn't dry yet this morning.
|The one I chose,|
|The one being returned.|
|Awkward picture in the dress.|
That's the long wrap up of the weekend and my launch into a fresh week. All big events come to an end. But as the song says, every new beginning comes form some other beginnings end. Here's to new beginnings.