We’ve had a couple of good night’s sleep since we returned from Texas and our daughter’s wedding, so hopefully I am now coherent enough to share a few more pictures with you.
Before you get to the actual wedding ceremony there is the decorating for the reception. How many engineers does it take to put up twinkle lights?
Seven – three are shown here but they worked in teams. They only had to take them down and start again three times. While they were at it they used words like apex, trajectory, radius and other technical terms that are not in my vocabulary. Since the lights required power cords they had to be covered so they wouldn’t show through the white draping. It takes a long time to cover that many extension cords. Thank goodness Brandon’s family was out in force doing whatever had to be done.
After days of decorating, it was off to the rehearsal. I loved the church, it was truly beautiful and the huge pipe organ had awesome sound.
After the rehearsal, dinner at a location with some local flavor.
The wedding day started early with a trip to the salon for the bride and bridesmaids.
Pedicures, make-up and hair styling. Those wedding styles require a lot of poofing and pins.
After a quick lunch, we were off to the church to get dressed and start taking photos. Either I don’t remember clearly my own wedding photos – quite possible, that was a long time ago – or they take a lot more pictures nowadays. By my calculations, the photographer took pictures for a total of ten hours at the wedding and reception. She did a great job and I’m looking forward to seeing the pictures.
A picture of the bride and her mother for those who say I’m never in any of the pictures.
The bride and groom.
The reception was beautiful and fun and I have no pictures of that event. I decided to put down my camera for once and just enjoy the moment. I can report that the twinkle lights so painstakingly installed by the engineers were lovely as was the whole hall. We all participated in some new-to-us wedding traditions; some Polish, some Texan and some Aggie. Those folks really know how to throw a party!
The next day the California contingent had lunch with the newlyweds. We really appreciated our family that flew a very long way to celebrate with us.
Opening wedding gifts was next. They were given some lovely things, like this handmade quilt from Megan’s Aunt Margaret.
And then it was done. I wasn’t the only one who was exhausted; Brandon’s brother didn’t even last through opening all the gifts.
Planning a wedding in a state where you don’t live, in a town two and a half hours away from the bride and groom is tricky. We are so grateful to Brandon’s parents, Steve and Rill, for all their hard work making the wedding day just perfect. And we had wonderful people to work with. If you are planning a wedding in San Antonio, Texas I can give you the names of a great team of caterer, florist, baker, decorator and photographer.
And now the happy newlyweds are off on their honeymoon.