And now, a quote:
“Young love is so wonderful. And best observed from a distance, preferably with a drink in hand.”
Heh. It was truly a lovely, lovely wedding. Lots of love and fun and joy. Just about everything you could wish to have and some stuff that you may or may not wish to have (lost shoes, ten year olds outdancing everyone on the floor and songus-interruptus on Don’t Stop Believing). Whenever anyone clinked the glasses for the happy couple to kiss, Leigh (bride) would grab Joe (groom) and plant one on him. It was the cutest thing. If one were to believe in soul mates (and this one does, sorta), these two are totally perfect for each other. We love Leigh to pieces in this family. She’s one of us (bless her heart).
So, here’s the rest of the story: Lauren told me Friday night to look for her the next day at the wedding. About an hour or so into the reception, word got out that there was a gorgeous rainbow outside and as Mary was walking out to see it, I said “That’s Lauren” because she showed up the same way at the 2006 Relay for Life walk at UVA less than two months after she left us (see below).
Here’s Lauren, showing off her fancy otherworldly skills. Pretty cool, eh?
The two wedding photos above are courtesy of my dearest Niece of Artsy Fartsy and as soon as she gets her butt in gear and uploads pics of Dancing Boy, I will post about that because it’s a great story. This kid danced his ass off, almost literally. He kept our entire table totally entertained.
It was big fun and yes, I would move there in a heartbeat since I heard that it didn’t snow that much and what does fall dissipates quickly. I wonder if I move there, will I become an outdoorsy chick? Hmmm. Nah … probably not. But I can do all my laptopping sitting outside with coffee! It doesn’t get better than that. (Unless sekrit boyfriend is there, too, in which case it’s beyond awesome. And also, beyond any realm of possibility.)
Signing off from the couch of love and cat hair,
That rainbow photo on Facebook labeled with Lauren’s name made me cry. So glad she was able to make her presence known. I’m sure it was hard to be surrounded with all that joy and also be wishing she was there too.
So glad to hear you had such a nice trip. I loved hearing about Lauren’s presence as well. What a blessing that girl remains to be.
Wait! You’re posting from MY couch? How’s that possible?
Glad you had a lovely time. But seeing that romantic photo makes me ask — what of YOUR wedding? Did you have a long dress? What was your first song?