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I Do…

Posted in Uncategorized on October 3, 2010 by talesofanunfinishedmom

I can’t remember the last time I attended a wedding. I guess by the time you’re my age, your friends are either already married or have sworn off matrimony altogether.

In this case, it was a second marriage. My husband’s close friend from business school tied the knot for a second time. Not how it sounds at all, E is that salt of the earth kind of guy. His first marriage was never meant to be. Like putting a round peg in a square hole. I didn’t know his first wife well, only meeting her once early on when husband and I were first dating, but, they did seem like a case of opposites attract. Which, I guess can be good in some circumstances. Not in this one. They were together long enough to have a child – a daughter. And, throughout the years, we’ve witnessed E be a dedicated single Dad. Although there was a custody arrangement, E found himself being more of the responsible one and he’s been a rock for his only daughter.

I recall how devastating it was for him when his marriage ended. And, I recall it took him quite some time to “get back on the horse” so to speak. Once he did, we would hear stories here and there of different women he was dating. But, nothing really stuck. Until he met his current bride.

They’ve only been together for less than two years, but, it’s clear they’re a perfect match for one another. Besides both being tall, dark-haired and beautiful, they are clearly kindred spirits. E being the consummate outdoorsman, he finally found a woman who shares his passion for the outdoors and loves adventure. She also clearly loves children in general, and his daughter, in particular. I’m quite certain that was a big factor in E considering marriage.

They had a small ceremony with family to make things legal and this past weekend they held the official reception at their home in Napa Valley. I had not been to Napa in quite some time either and had forgotten how stunningly beautiful it is. Since Napa is a bit of a trek outside of the city, we decided to make a weekend of it and stayed at a lovely B&B only a few miles from the wedding.

The B&B was not exactly posh but certainly pretty – especially the grounds — which were lavish including beautiful rose gardens.

Morning dew

I couldn’t help photographing flowers everywhere we went. Not only on the grounds of the B&B but at the wineries we visited as well. Everything was so lush.

The wedding itself took place in the backyard of E’s house. I had been to his house when he first purchased it several years back and while I recall he had a nice amount of property, I also recall that there was a LOT of work to do. However, when we entered the wedding reception last night, it was amazing to see the transformation. The once rustic, untouched backyard was turned into a virtual fairyland! 

Nice artsy shot taken by my husband

The cocktail reception was extra long – about 2+ hours. Given the fact that I didn’t actually know anyone other than the bride and groom and was not in an especially schmoozy mood, I took the opportunity to take pictures before the sun went down. This is one of my favorites.

The view from the bride and groom's front porch at dusk. Yes, those are rows and rows of grapevines!

 The reception was lovely from beginning to end. The food was deliciously and lovingly prepared by the bride’s girlfriends (amazing!) and the wine (of course) was fabulous. Once dinner was complete, the dancing commenced. it was amazing to see this old rustic barn turned into a platform for booty shaking that even John Travolta would be proud of!

Yes, that is a disco ball. Apparently, the final paint touches were being put on the barn right up to the last hour prior to guests arriving. You'd never know.

All in all it was a fabulous affair and I was so glad to be able to witness such true love by two tremendously deserving people.