The wedding was held at Rosemary United Methodist Church and it was packed with people. During the ceremony, the Pastor mentioned how Philip and Leslie were both raised in the church and how they reconnected a couple of years ago. I had done a Valentine’s post about that. They inspire one another to be their best by drawing on each others strengths.
After the wedding ceremony, we all drove over to the Chockoyette Country Club for a lavish reception hosted by the bride’s family. As we approached the tent set up for 300 people, an evening thunderstorm developed. Most of us stayed dry, but the ground got wet and muddy which messed up everyone’s shoes.
There was an open bar and hors d’oeuvres while we waited for the wedding party to arrive. I enjoyed the stringed instruments that played gently while everyone indulged in some delicious foods.
Many friends and family members were there. Do you recognize these two?
Once again, we took lots of photos. (click the pic to enlarge) Here’s some candid shots of the bride and groom.
Philip’s parents, my brother Doug and SiL Carla.
My sister Virginia and BiL David. Their daughter Marie and her husband Shannon.
My nephew Jeff had his two daughters Alexandra and Ella with him. (and Mom)
Some of my aunts and uncles even showed up for the celebration. Aubrey and Gail and Willie and Lessie drove about 100 miles whereas Lola and VL live in town. Lola just had hip replacement surgery about 4 weeks ago.
And here’s one of Mom’s good friends, Mae. She’s also a retired teacher and a lover of life.
As we were all finishing our wonderful meal, Philip’s groomsman and childhood friend Josh shared a story of the time that he hooked Philip in the knee while trying to pull in the boat after an argument. He wanted to make sure Leslie had a big lure to use when an argument arose.
After some nice sentimental comments by Leslie’s Dad, many people went inside the clubhouse for a dance. Her lovely portrait was in the lobby.
There was a very good band that performed a variety of music.
After the Bride and Groom had their official dance floor moment, there were a couple of the traditional dances of the father/daughter and mother/son variety.
The youngest girls were the first on the dance floor and Philip’s two sisters, Emily and Melissa enjoyed the evening.
Virginia and David enjoy a few quiet moments with the youngest partier, Ella.
We enjoyed a few songs before calling it a night, and no, we didn’t dance in heels, are you kiddin’ me?!!
Thanks for dropping by, and enjoy each day of your life’s journey by finding beauty in the ordinary.