It really was. The bride was glowing (come to think of it, so was the groom). The food was marvelous, the contra dancing was a total blast (I have never had so much fun making a complete idiot of myself), the bonfire and s'mores were great. Everything looked fantastic, the bride was totally gorgeous, the ceremony had everything in it I could ever wish for my own. There was so much personality in it, humor, love.
For a gift to her husband, Brenda hired a wonderful artist to compose and perform a song at the reception, chronicling their personal journey. It is titled "Magic and Mist," and was just the most amazing thing. Brenda, Ellen Tipper and I were the only three in the world who knew about this before it happened. I hadn't heard or read the song, though, and hearing it performed actually made me cry. (I had never in my life cried at any part of a wedding.)
There were, of course, a few little bumps on the road to greatness (including the joy of starting to make the bridal bouquet 15 minutes before we were supposed to meet the photographer at the home where we were getting dressed! Brenda did a fabulous job, though--it was beautiful.), but really, they were minor and the entire thing went so much more smoothly than I had anticipated. Really, it was awesome. We heard from several people that it was the best and most fun wedding they had ever attended. I know it was for me.
Mark had my camera, and took over 200 pictures. Of those, three were of me. He really took to heart my instruction that I wanted lots of pictures of Brenda and Brian....I *meant* as opposed to the girls!...a few more pictures of his MOM would have been okay!!! Well, at least I made it into a few of the wide-angle shots of Brenda and Brian! ;) (I still love you, Mark.)
Of course, I end with photos. Don't worry....not all 223! mk
Kira before the ceremony started. I think this was a surprise "hey, Kira!" shot, as evidenced by her wildly swinging hair as she whipped around. I included this picture to show you the table decorations, which were votive candles, beach rocks, and sea glass. Place markers were beach rocks with guests' names written on them. Unfortunately, it was too windy to actually light the candles.