Congratulations, Isabelle and Andrew Jennings!
Let’s begin with the wedding report; and then I’ll go back to cover the rest of the day from my wake-up call through until now.
It’s been a perfect weather day for a wedding – not too hot, but a lot of sun and warm. My wedding fun didn’t start until after lunch; and Mom, Ehlana, and I had one hour to get ready before we needed to be at the church for the ceremony. A bit of time phasing allowed us to get our hair done and finish up when we started to run out of time; but we were downstairs and ready to go with twenty minutes to spare. Dad, Michael, and Ethan had been waiting for us for a while by then; so we were able to get into the minivan right away and drive over to the church – and we only did that so Mom and I didn’t have to walk that far in heels.
By the way, I don’t wear heels all that often, but it is nice to be able to do that now that Michael’s enough taller than I am to do that without it being weird for him! ;^)
Dillon escorted Mom and the rest of us to our seats; and then we ended up with Aiden and Naomi with us too when they were allowed to come over and sit with Ethan and Ehlana. They weren’t there as couples; but did conveniently sit in boy-girl pairs. Having well-known parents made for a big turn-out for the ceremony, and there were more than six hundred guests in the sanctuary by the time the doors were closed and readied for the arrival of the bridal party. I haven’t gone to a lot of weddings of friends so far since we’ve moved here, but I’m sure that’ll start changing over the next few years as our favorite collegians start graduating and tying the knot – though not necessarily in that order! ;^)
Sticking with the wedding news for today, though, Isabelle arrived on-time with her bridal party; and Andrew, Dillon, the best man, and the other groomsmen all looked very handsome in their tuxes as they stood at the front of the sanctuary. When the main doors were opened, Isabelle had a flower girl and ring bearer lead off the processional, and then Violet was the first bridesmaid to follow them. Andrew’s sisters, Lynn and Alicia, followed Violet; and then it was time for Isabelle’s college-friend maid-of-honor to walk down the aisle just ahead of Isabelle and her very proud father.
I am a total sucker for happy endings, and though weddings are actually a happy beginning, you know what I mean; and the wedding ceremony was really beautiful. Andrew was appropriately smitten with his bride; Isabelle was breathtakingly gorgeous; and the joy and love filling the sanctuary was the feeling that I wish we could all have all of the time every day.
Going off-topic again – that’s exactly what is meant to be for us. When the Ascension of the Light happens; that’s the direction we’ll be heading toward – a world filled with love and joy!
Okay, so the actual ceremony is short and sweet, but every wedding is a bit different; there are special moments; and today was no exception. I am not going to record anything here that might embarrass anyone in the future; but will instead only suggest that the little imperfections that are part of life are also part of what makes those moments special. Andrew and Isabelle were soon pronounced husband and wife; there was a pause in the action while they left the sanctuary to deal with the paperwork; and then my last involvement in their happy day was watching the recessional and then when Michael and I had our fifteen or twenty seconds to congratulate them outside of the church before we moved on and headed home so that we could get changed and ready to go to the Inn and work the dinner-to-close shift. The rest of the wedding report will have to wait until tomorrow or Monday night because Violet and Dillon are still at the reception as I’m writing this and won’t be home tonight.
I guess that means it’s time for the rest of the news from the rest of my day; so let’s get to that so I can head into nap mode soon.
Tai Chi by the river was wonderful this morning; and so was breakfast in the sunroom. Michael couldn’t do either with me because he was working the breakfast shift at the Inn; but then we didn’t drag out the breakfast because we had a lot of work to do this morning ahead of the wedding. The beautiful weather made the outdoor chores a lot nicer to do, but I still got dirty and sweaty while working on the lawn and gardens straight through until we stopped for lunch and needed to pack up for the day. We ate outside because some of us were too dirty to do that indoors without having showers first; and then you already know about the pre-wedding hour we had for getting showered and dressed up. The Inn was surprisingly busy when it was so nice out, and we were short-staffed because of the staff that needed to be off for Isabelle and Andrew’s dinner and reception party; so we were really, really busy for the entire shift; and ended up working until nearly eleven o’clock before we could close the Inn and come home.
Michael and I needed some wind-down time first, so I went home with him; we sat out by the river with drinks and snacks and cuddled for an hour; and then I came home right around midnight. Another shower was necessary by then, and while some Jacuzzi time was really tempting; I was too tired to take the extra time for that. In hindsight, I could have had the bath because there was some family business work that I could have multi-tasked; but by the time I checked my email; I was already cleaned up, changed, and snuggled in bed with Mandy. That work didn’t take too long – just a half hour or so; but that is why it’s past-one as I’m writing this.
As I mentioned, I’ll add more to the wedding report when I get the news from Violet and Dillon, but I will add that Mom, Dad, and the twins were not invited to the reception. They were having a fairly small group for that; and more than half of the guests were members of the Jennings or Jacobs extended families. While I worked, Mom, Dad, Ethan, and Ehlana instead had a play time and dinner at Uncle Adam and Aunt Leanne’s house that sort of became a mini block party with the Seagers, Drapers, and most of my aunts, uncles, and cousins.
That would have been fun to join in for, but Jacob and Miranda needed me more; and I expect that to be a regular theme on weekends this summer. Even with all of the work today, though, it’s been a really great day; and I’m especially glad that it’s been so great for our newest newlyweds.
Their honeymoon next week is sure to be really great too compared to the week of exams I have to look forward to, but I won’t wish that it was Michael and me going away instead; since we’re still a bit young for that kind of fun! ;^)
Speaking of exams, we’re going to be studying for them a lot tomorrow – and all next week; so I need to wrap this up and get some sleep so I’ll be ready for all of that work. That won’t be wedding party level fun either; but has to be done. This update is done now too, and I’m definitely ready for some quality nap time; so, until next time...
...May the Magi Force be with you!