Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Last weekend I had the pleasure of going to my cousin, Shawn's, wedding. I love a wedding at any time, but when it is a wedding filled with family that you love, it is all the more enjoyable.
The wedding took place at Zenith Vineyards, a stunning winery about an hour south of Portland. I've said it before and I will say it again - the green in Oregon is one of my favorite things in the world.
Here is the little groomy. Shawn moved out to Oregon from Colorado about 5 years ago to attend school and since then he has become like a brother to me.
Shawn has 4 brothers who I also love dearly. Conor, my brother is also there on the right. This group of boys - oh my. I adore them. It is such fun to have cousins around and a treat that I rarely experience. The group in that photo are some of the best men that I know.
Also in attendance, my beloved Grandma. She could truly write a book on survival and love and is one of my idols in life. Standing next to her is my Dad, who was also the best man.
I love you Grandma!
Here is my brother again, being goofy as usual. The beautiful young lady next to him is his girlfriend who I find to be a total delight.
I am still trying to figure out when my baby brother decided to grow up. To this day I cannot see a Thomas the Tank Engine without imaging Conor as an adorable 4 year old, surrounded by cars, trucks, trains and Toy Story toys.
The ceremony was beautiful and the rain just barely stayed away.
I have decided that the smile a bride has on her face as she walks back down the aisle is the most real smile she will ever give. I remember as Dan and I were finally married and walking down the aisle, I could not have not smiled if I tried. It is a totally joyful moment in life and there is nothing else like it.
Also - uhm...can we just look at her dress for a second? Beautiful.
After the ceremony we all headed inside for the reception. This is the first wedding I have been to with long tables and I have to say that I really liked it. It gave a simple elegance to the room that matched perfectly with the tone of a vineyard wedding.
After dinner, toasts and the like, came my favorite part of any wedding: the dancing. In this photo, my Dad has decided to get jiggy with it while my sister (left) looks on. I can tell just by looking at her that she is mouthing something along the lines of, "Oh. My. God."
I too got a bit into the dancing. If at any point in my life the song, "Don't Stop Believing" comes on, there is a 99.9% chance that I will look like this. It is an inconvenient truth of my being :)
Then there was the joy of dancing with Charlotte. Pure bliss.
She was trying to imitate the dances of all the adults around her and was the center of everyone's attention. It was so cute, I almost couldn't handle it...
...then she started doing this. Everyone was taking pictures of her and it looks like she wanted to get in on the action.
The bride works as a wedding coordinator and therefore no detail was left unattended. The flowers on the tables were all in vintage silver vases and bowls. It was stunning. Apparently her Mom spent months scouring Goodwills across Oregon to come up with the beautiful collection. They all looked like antique pieces passed down through the generations. I was very impressed. Don't be afraid to get thrifting, brides! Nobody will ever have to know :)
One of things I loved the most about the wedding was the guest book. Christina, the bride, loves the book Pride and Prejudice. Instead of a traditional guestbook, she glued little envelopes into her favorite book and everyone could write on a card, place it in the envelope, and there you have it - a super creative and personal guest book.
Another beautiful detail was the large, old frame which held the seating arrangements. I am a TOTAL sucker for old frames, so this caught my eye immediately. Fantastic idea.
Last but not least, the hors d'oeuvres. During the cocktail hour, these were out on a table in the middle of the balcony and looked stunning. The pops of color set among the white linens grabbed everyone's attention. It is all in the details, isn't it?
Well, another wedding down for the year. That makes 2 weddings for our family in just 6 months and to be honest, I am kind of sad it is over. Everyone has gone home and I miss them all dearly. It has left me wondering, who will be next?
My sister, perhaps :) Love you, Caitie!!!