Sunday, February 22, 2015

Wedding Bells!

At lunch with the Team Bride on Friday

Pinching myself...

I just got home, have a fresh pot of coffee, and I'm enjoying the pics I took leading up to the wedding. I only have one from the ceremony - I didn't take my camera in with me.

But I have lots of memories.

I went over on Thursday and spent the night with Ashley, Darrin and the kitties. The house was full of boxes, presents, wrappings, lists - I just listened, petted, and helped when I could.

I must say the kitties have really gotten into the spirit of gifting. They think the boxes are arriving for their pleasure...

On Friday morning, Ashley, the bridesmaids and I had mani/pedis, and I treated all to lunch. Lovely lovely time with the girls. Her 'Team Bride' are two amazing, beautiful women. They've taken really good care of her for two months, and believe me, like any bride, at times she's needed the support, love, and reassurance that only close girlfriends can give.

Friday afternoon, Ashley and I headed to the hotel with all the event items and her things, and got settled into our suites. A quick rehearsal with the wedding party Friday night, followed by great drinks and bocas at Shoeless Joe's. What a nice bunch of friends they have.

Saturday morning...I slipped into Ashley's room.

With nothing planned until 2 o'clock, we went shopping! I needed some things from Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and she really needed Starbucks. It was perfect. When we got back, I remembered to take her gown out of the bag so it could 'relax', and her photographer arrived for their last run-through.

A text from my son, he had arrived, so a hug and I went off to meet him for lunch...

By the time I returned to the Bridal Suite, things were in full gear. Wow. Hair, Makeup. She and Team Bride had a practice session on all this a couple weeks ago, so they were fully on top of everything. I just praised and watched!

Last snap before I left to get dressed.

My son came for me a little before 6 o'clock. And he took this pic just before the procession.

My beautiful daughter. I could not be happier for her. The light in her face reflects all the joy in her heart. She and Darrin are so in love with one another and so happy to be married. He chose the final song for their reception - 'At Last' by Etta James.



  1. Congratulations to the happy couple! What a stunning bride!

  2. Coco, congratulations to the happy couple and congratulations on now having a son-in-law. How wonderful for you! Your daughter is gorgeous-she looks just like you.

  3. This just made me all kinds of happy for you and your family. Thank you for sharing.

  4. What gorgeous kitties and a beautiful bride. Looking forward to seeing the finished MOB dress too.

  5. Beautiful bride. She looks lots like her mother. Sounds like such a wonderful time for all involved.

  6. She and her gown are so lovely. Congratulations to them both!

  7. Congratulations! Your daughter looks so much like you - both beautiful:) What a wonderful start to 2015!

  8. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful event! Congratulations and best wishes to you all.

  9. Ashley made a beautiful bride! Thank you for sharing with us, it was so fun to read. Congratulations to the happy couple! You know we want to see mama's dress now, right?!

  10. A beautiful bride and mom of the bride!!! Congrats!!!

  11. Sounds like a lovely relaxing and happy day.

  12. Congratulations! Sounds like it was a truly lovely day.

  13. Thank you all so much!! Ashley enjoyed reading your comments and feels very special and pretty. She also has a horrible cold! I think she and Darrin just collapsed after all the hoop-la. No honeymoon, that will come later. She has a trial today, he is filling in for a sick colleague in addition to his own role...ah, life :-) Again, thank you, my treasured friends.

  14. Oh, what a sweet day full of love- she looks so happy!


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