Hello my dear friends!!!!
How are you???
I am sitting here Sunday evening listening to Josh Groban (LOVE) and the rain, reflecting on my past week.
I have to tell you that it was a week of ups and downs but certainly ended on a beautiful and happy note.
As you know my brother got married over the weekend and before I show you pictures and tell you what a complete DORK that I am I have to tell you that the week did not start off to good.
I received a phone call last Monday morning while grocery shopping from my mom.
Do you know those rings that just sound bad? That you know that on the other end there is bad news waiting for you to digest? That was the kind of ring it was.
My mom told me that my brother's best friend and best man for the wedding unexpectedly passed away that morning.
My brother was devastated and my heart ached for him.
His friend was only 55 and passed away while running.
The week seemed kind of surreal and nobody was really sure what to do.
After many phones calls to my parents and my future SIL on what we could do and how everything could be done and even if the wedding was going to happen things were sorted out and the wedding would go on as planned and as my brothers friend would have wanted it to.
He was a great guy and a great friend that helped my brother through his divorce as well as the joys that have come his way with his new wife.
My dad was the only one that stood up on my brothers side and they honored my brothers friend during the ceremony ,and I have a good feeling that his friend was standing right beside him.
OK, now to tell you what a horrible blogger that I am..
I FORGOT MY CAMERA!!!!!
I KNOW!!!!! REALLY????
Who goes to a wedding without a camera??
Apparently I do!
So, all the photos are with my iphone and as soon as we figure out how to get some off my daughters camera I will share those as well but for now you will have to look at these.
We ate lots of yummy food with family and friends.
Cherry Republic is the best!
Then we decorated the reception hall.
It turned out so beautiful, even after I broke the lights. :)
She had dried Hydrangeas in blue mason jars as centerpieces.
The chapel was also decorated with dried hydrangeas and mason jars.
Everything was very simple and perfectly placed.
Of course an amazing Glen Lake sunset at the end of the day on Friday.
Saturday morning my daughter and I got up and walked to the coffee shop and picked up my chai and hot chocolate for her and then walked to Lake Michigan to enjoy the early morning sun on the beach.
It was so beautiful that day, a chill in the air but the warmth of the sun on our shoulders.
Of course I had to play around with the apps on the iphone.
Saturday before the wedding the boys went fishing.
There is a beautiful river called Crystal River and the salmon where everywhere!
I also took a few shots of the surroundings and old Mill and home that are on the river.
My nephew caught a huge salmon!
Of course put it back safe and sound.
This is my brother fishing....
Can you say "A River Runs Through It"?
Love that movie.
This is my brother and his son fishing.
After they had their fill of fishing or until they soaked in every last bit before they had to get ready, we headed to the church!
My brother, his other son and my dad.
It was very casual with khaki's and white shirts.
This is my brother, my SIL and his daughter.
The ceremony was beautiful!
We cried and laughed and of course we loved.
Everything went perfectly and the day was gorgeous!!
I hope to show you a few more photos once we get them off my daughters camera but I wanted to show you one of the photos that their photographer took on the dock of where the chapel was at Old Settler's Park on Glen Lake.
I am so very happy for my brother and after all the ups and downs of the week, they made it together and I know that their love will last.
They are perfect for each other and love one another to the core.
Congratulations Tom and Melissa I love you both very much!!
Here are a few more pics from the wedding from their photographer, they are gorgeous!!
Rudy Malmquist is his name and he did a phenomenal job!
I hope you all have a great week and I will see you soon!!