The Wedding – Part III

Final Installment – The Reception

Weddings have been around for centuries, so I doubt there is anything groundbreaking at today’s weddings.  But this reception had a couple of surprises that were new to me.

First of all, my husband played his guitar and sang the song Sweet Pea as the bride and groom had their first dance together.  He even wrote an extra verse about hiking to make it personal.

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The Father/Daughter dance was to a German children’s song, Ohne Dich, that he and Lori used to listen to when she was little, first on tape and later on CD.  In fact we are still big fans of Rolf Zuckowski.  I can’t count how many times she fell asleep to his music.

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There is a trend moving away from traditional wedding cakes.  Let’s face, they weren’t that great.  This wedding offered a variety of cheesecakes from Cheesecakes by Alex which were mouth watering yummy.  On my brother’s recommendation I went for the Bananas Foster and the Peanut Butter – both excellent choices.


When it came time to throw the bridal bouquet and garter – these two had decided to pass on these symbolic items to Doug’s cousin (who will be getting married next summer).

This was a pleasant surprise.  Taking off and putting on the garter turned out to be quite a crowd pleaser, as both gentlemen executed an endearing performance.

So many family members and friends came from all over to join in this celebration and we are grateful to them all.


We have one child, our daughter, and this wedding was a perfect send off to her new life.  Another milestone has passed and we could not be happier!  Thanks for reading about our special day.



The Wedding Part II

I’ve been hiking for over 4 years now and power walking since I was 40.  Saturday, I took the most fulfilling walk of my life, when I got to walk my daughter down the aisle along with my husband.


Weddings don’t really have ushers anymore and she did not want me to have to walk in by myself and wait for her to come out – so she gave me this amazing gift.

The day went so smoothly I almost had to pinch myself.  The bride was so relaxed, and that spilled over to everyone around her.  Two minutes before they got in their dresses, we were chilling in the room.


I have to thank some special people for helping to make this day so perfect.  First Jack & Jaime – the cutest couple ever.  He officiated – his words went from educational – to personal – to quite funny.  She was our coordinator and thank goodness someone was there to keep track of details.


Most importantly was my dear friend, Laurie Buchwald who served as photographer and best friend of the family.  She is truly amazing.

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She had back-up help from her friend Tim, but he escaped being caught on camera.
We are so happy to welcome Doug into our family – these two are crazy in love and such a perfect match.  They will have a fun life together.


The Wedding – Part I

The Rehearsal Dinner

Natty Greene’s Pub  3rd floor Loft, was the perfect venue for the rehearsal dinner for Lori and Doug.  We have been there many times but never had such an emotional evening as this night.

The dinner was for the wedding party and close family members who had made the trip a day early.  My sister and brother-in-law arrived just before the event started and my brother – who suffered many plane delays despite leaving Des Moines very early in the morning, arrived just before dinner.  My husband, whose family all live in Germany, had one representative, his nephew, who came from Berlin and had already been with us for a couple of weeks.

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That’s me with my German nephew, my sister, her husband, and the bride to be

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and my brother.

The emotional part of the evening came when the bridal party was invited into the conference room for gifts.  My daughter gave me the most incredible gift.

When my mother passed away she gave me her pearl ring, a gift from my father that she wore all the time.  I never wore the ring, but I had it cleaned and gave it to my daughter when she was in college.  She loved it and wore it everywhere.  There were little pearls surrounding a larger pearl.  One of the little pearls fell out of its setting and she was unable to find it.  She thought someday she might have to redo the whole ring because it was impossible to find an exact match.

For my gift, she had the original pearls made into earrings.


She then had the ring restored with all new pearls.  She planned to wear it for the first time on her wedding day.

As if that wasn’t enough to bring on the tears, the card had a quote from our beloved Gilmore Girls (which we watched over and over and over).  The quote is from Rory’s high school graduation speech:

“My mother never gave me any idea that I couldn’t do whatever I wanted to do or be whomever I wanted to be. . . I don’t know if she ever realized that the person I most wanted to be was her. Thank you, Mom. You are my guidepost for everything.”

For my husband, she painted a replica of their campsite.  For the last several years they have taken a Father/Daughter camping/hiking trip near Mt. Rogers, VA.  They stay at Graceland Highlands and try to get the same campsite each time – lucky number #89.002

Oh yes, dad had a tear or two.

Even the groom got a little teary eyed listening to his father’s speech.

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Oh well, at least we got the crying phase out of the way before the wedding.