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Now that Chris and Maddie's wedding has come and gone, I am a little sad. ( Below is the proposal picture)
Since last November when they got engaged, wedding planning has been pretty paramount in our lives. It has been a time of a lot of family and friend involvement. I so love being around people. I already miss everyone not being around. Don't get me wrong, it was chaotic and hectic a lot of the time, but all in all, I LOVED it! Now everyone is gone and it is life as usual and I miss the hubbub.
Here is a pretty long recap of all the events of the last year:
One of the first tasks we had was to find Maddie a wedding dress. Maddie was interested in remaking my dress into a more modern style.
I found someone who was willing to remake the dress. The plan was to take the sleeves off and slim the skirt. My other two daughters suggested she look for a dress just in case. What were they trying to say?
So, off to the bridal shop a whole crew of us went.
She tried on several different dresses. I love the back on this one.
The neckline was beautiful here.
I have to say, she looked good in all of the dresses.
Then she put this one on and we all knew it was the one.
She said yes to the dress! No need to remake my dress and the price was less than what I paid for my wedding gown 30 years ago! I think the sisters were relieved.
Next on the wedding planning timeline, practice flower arranging to see if I was capable of doing the flowers.
Not bad for a first try. I decided to take it on.
Maddie's two sisters were chosen as co-Maid of Honors. Seeing that Sarah lives in Hawaii and would not be home until the week before the wedding, it was up to Emily to plan the bridal shower, and I tell you, if you need someone to plan an event, you want Emily. She did a fabulous job. She thought of everything. She meticulously planned and put on one beautiful shower with help from others, especially Aunt Ginnie.
Unfortunately, as the evening went on, it started to pour, so it was an actual "Shower".
I made the invitations and the Save The Date cards. My Photoshop skills came in handy and saved us lots of money.
Of course the week before the wedding, the pool liner was replaced because it got a rip in it.
In preparation for the wedding to make our house and yard presentable, my husband did so much work . He dug out old fence posts and replaced them, fixed the broken gate, painted the whole fence, did a lot of landscape work, fixed and painted the front porch, built new brick steps at the end of the walkway in front of the house, installed a new front door and many other things. I am one lucky women to have him around!
Once Sarah returned from Hawaii, she worked hard to get rid of the name she had been given while she was away, "The Deadbeat Hawaiian." She was called this lovingly because Emily was doing all the Maid of Honor jobs. She set out to rectify this by organizing and putting on an excellent bachelorette celebration that started in the late afternoon with delicious food and drinks.This was followed by followed by an excellent choice of going to Boston to be entertained by trying to escape the drunk room at Trapology. After our escape, we had dinner at a nearby Mexican restaurant. The evening ended in typical fashion with all of us playing games at the Ford house. The night was a huge success!
As the time of the wedding got closer, I had to make a big list so I wouldn't forget anything. Checking off the boxes felt so good.
The last days before the wedding were filled with lots of preparation. Here we were making table number holders out of wire and old door knobs. We ended up using playing cards instead of numbers. Oscar the dog was a big help.
John made sure the program was done perfectly.
Sarah made sure Chris was well groomed.
My wonderful friend, Linda, beautifully decorated the church. It is helpful to have talented friends.
Speaking of talented friends, my friend Reta shopped with me at Costco, Whole Foods, and Wegmans to buy the flowers for the reception and to make bouquets and boutonnieres. She spent all day with me in the church basement, making flower creations. At night, the reinforcements, the family cousins, aunt Ginnie ,Sarah, and even Maddie, joined us in centerpiece making, followed by pizza at our house. It was so amazing to see the variety of centerpieces that were created after I told them my general ideas. It was cool to see them take shape after I had spent the last ear collecting items at antique stores. I so enjoying spending time with everyone while creating things for the wedding.
Emily, my talented daughter, spent countless hours creating things for the wedding. Below are some samples of her work.
Finally, it is time for the rehearsal, so well run by the father of the bride, who made it clear that opinions on how to run things were not welcomed. The only person to break that rule, was yours truly, I couldn't help myself.
After a delicious rehearsal dinner, thanks to the Dumais family, many people seemed to end up in he pool.
If you have gotten this far in this blog (novel), I'm impressed. Perhaps you need to get out more.
The day has finally arrived, so many people need to get ready together, WHAT A BLAST!!! I love a day surrounded by people I love. A big thanks to uncle Eddie and Patty, who hosted the guys at their house.
.........And finally, The wedding. My dad was sitting behind me and was in charge of holding my camera. Even though I hired my friend to do the photography, it didn't take me long to lean back and get my camera from my dad, so I have a few unofficial photos of the wedding already.
I loved the wedding and would not change a thing. I am so happy for both of them. Now, I can't wait to see some pictures!
After 31 years of teaching, I have decided to retire and start a new chapter of my life as a photographer. It has been my passion for about 7 years now.