Dear Husband and I have just returned from a family wedding that was absolutely wonderful! We traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, a place I had never visited. More than one entire floor of a hotel was reserved for family and friends for the weekend. Most of the visitors stayed through this morning, but we opted to return on Sunday. We need to be ready for the last delivery of our belongings, and didn’t want to be caught in the Labor Day traffic.
The groom’s parents hosted a party following the rehearsal, Friday night. Usually rehearsal dinners are limited to those in the wedding but this party was open to anyone who was in town for the wedding. It was wonderful to be able to catch up with family and meet people soon to be a part of our family. The groomsmen got together and did a humorous presentation of the groom’s life for the past six years that had everyone laughing. They had a life-sized cut-out of the bride and groom, and moved it around the college campus and other sites to tell the story.
Saturday morning was devoted to shopping and hair appointments. Later in the day we were shuttled to a private club for the wedding and reception. The location was beautiful, the ceremony touching. The entire wedding party was lovely, from the flower girls on up to the grandparents of the bride and groom!
There was a choice of sea bass or file mignon for dinner. My favorite veggie, green beans, were served steamed, whole! While the meal was wonderful, watching the kids dance was even better! I’m used to seeing bodies move to music, but what was interesting about this group was that they were dancing to the lyrics! You could see their bodies responding to certain phrases, or accenting words. It was fascinating to watch. It also made me wish I knew ALL the lyrics! lol Lucky for me, there were a lot of oldies on the play list.
We rode a shuttle back to the hotel and crashed around midnight. Sunday morning we were invited to brunch at the home of the parents of the bride. Their gardens are fabulous! We strolled through them before sitting down to eat and found several plants I couldn’t identify. They had TWO very functional veggie gardens, mostly blocked from view by shrubs, annuals and perennials. What a treat!
We chatted with our extended family, caught some hugs, and were on our way. DH drove the entire day, letting me chat with him or read, as the mood struck. We stopped every 90 miles or so to get out and stretch. This time, we chose not to have a meal, which made the trip go a little faster. Kudos to the Ohio service areas, which are exceptional! I discovered plastic cups of strawberries to go at one kiosk, and snapped them up.
Our blessings go out to the entire family but especially to my great-nephew and his bride! Congratulations!