(With apologies to all you fully-involved grooms -- your names are legion. NOT. You do know where the wedding veto power lies, don't you?)Engagement
(Disclosure - The Groom is my Nephew; his mother is Sister.)
(Time passes. Wedding is planned for October.)
The Rehearsal and BBQ
The Bride and Groom, who live in Phoenix, as does her family, traveled en masse to the Bay Area for the wedding, where the Groom's family lives, just in time for the Rehearsal BBQ.
|Welcome to the party.|
Tables await the hungry.
|The Groom, his brothers, and a friend from his teen years |
in Hong Kong and the DJ for the event, tend the fires. (Hah!)
|The Little Bubble Girls rehearse their walk down the aisle.|
|Family members wait in the hotel lobby for their transportation|
to the wedding venue to set things up.
|Still in his sound-equipment-set-up garb ... I always loved this logo.|
|He has a word with the Groom.|
|The Groom's Dad looks on.|
|The Cousins finish up with the flowers.|
|A reflective moment|
|The Bride and her Mom. The Bride designed her own dress and|
jackets for her Mom and Sisters, and did much of its construction.
She is a prize winning young designer in the Phoenix area.
See her website here.
|Meet the Married Couple, Brett and Becky, and her parents.|
|The Bride's little nieces and nephew mug for their Daddy's camera.|
|The Mother of the Groom's Family Photo|
|The First Dance|
|Cutting the Cake|
|My Youngest Grandson catches the Garter. His older |
Brother explains the significance of the catch.
|The Catcher of the Bouquet, who was innocently on the steps outside|
behind the Ladies, introduces himself to the Catcher of the Garter.
|The Groom sings to the Bride.|
|Groom's Mom and Bride share a moment.|
|Groom's Mom and other Dad|
|Self-Portrait, between Brother-in-Law and Son-in-Law|
|Son-in-Law and Daughter|
|Daughter and Granddaughter|
|Son and Granddaughter|
|Grandson and his new Lady. He's so tall and she's|
tiny but she seems like she keeps up with him!
The weather for the wedding festivities was perfect. It had stormed earlier in the week, but the backyard had fortunately dried out for the BBQ ... roses in bloom, grass neatly trimmed, balmy afternoon, cool evening. The wedding day was warm and sunny, with another cool evening. Fall is in the air. The grounds around the Lake Temescal Beach House were lush and romantic and the lake serene, as a few bathers played on the shoreline and swam.
I think the Groom's Mom (Sister, if you'll recall) would say, "It was about time" and "thank goodness that's over." It's a lot of work for those involved, but they did a beautiful job. I think I'll tell my children to suggest to their children that they elope, as beautiful as it all can be.
See you soon.