Life swirls and dances - dipping and soaring and turning faster and faster as its song plays. In one of its most soaring moments this summer my mother and her soul mate met. They joined our families for eternity on a bright sunny October morning in a most magical wedding.
Actually, mom and Billy grew up together and even had a date in high school. After high school they went their separate ways as people do, married, had children and grandchildren, and eventually ended up alone and seeking. Billy tracked her down after a mutual friend suggested he look her up. "She's still single I hear." He called and invited her to meet for lunch at the Cracker Barrel. Waiting for her to arrive, sitting in one of their outdoor rockers, he saw her drive in and park. As she walked toward him, smiling her hello, he said he fell in love that very moment. He patiently awaited her to catch up with his emotions, which didn't take long.
Mom and me gliding toward her beloved, who stood crying for joy at the altar. There wasn't one dry eye to be seen.
The pastor was amazing. Lovely sense of humor, he put everyone at ease and personalized this special day perfectly. He is remarkable.
The flower girls. All great granddaughters of the groom. One of the flower girls pulled the tiniest angel and her little GIRAFFE toy in a wagon, all festooned with wedding fluff and finery.
This incredible man has an incredible family. Mom and I shared many heartfelt talks before she said "yes" to his proposal. Sitting on her sunny beach porch, sipping wine, we would rock gentle into the night, anxiety keeping us awake, talking until the moon was well over the water of our beloved lake. Will we be welcomed by the sons and daughters, son-in-laws and daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren?
The new branch of the family tree is filled with love and laughter, fun and closeness and obvious love and respect for everyone. Being among them, Billy's family, is immersing oneself into a whirlwind of laughter, motion and happiness. They are very much like my husband's family - huge, raucous, loving, joking, living large. What a blessing, what a blessing.
Oh, I'll tell you what kind of a blessing they are. Bob's accident and daily/nightly care prevented me from doing anything - anything - to help my mom with her wedding. Thankfully, I've not had much time to ponder that because it hurts deep down. However, two of Billy's granddaughters planned and carried out the entire wedding details. They did everything - EVERYTHING. Just look at these photos. Another friend of mine took care of the invitations and announcements and Eve did mom's photographs. All I did was buy a dress and show up, stand where they told me to and do what they told me to do. While I was standing up with my mom holding a beautiful bouquet of their choosing the ladies who did EVERYTHING stood in the background. They and their husbands and their incredible family did all the setting up and tearing down and I did nothing. Nothing. I'll be forever grateful to them for making my mom's and their grandfather's day so amazing. My eyes grow teary every time I think about it. They are angels.
My new, good friend, Eve from Sunny Side Up and Pets & Petals Photography took these photos and many, many, many! more. There were well over 700 images to go through and decide upon for this blog. Impossible? Very nearly! More are now on my Facebook so that more friends and family can see them, but for this blog...man...this was tough! You should have seen Eve ducking behind candles and flowers to capture moments - she must have lost 5 lbs. as much walking as she did! Thank you, Eve, my friend, for being there, for capturing these hundreds and hundreds of images for my mom and me! We love you tons!