Such a great weekend!

Saturday was Julia’s wedding. Everything about it was perfect! And the sun even came out! Julia was, of course, a stunningly beautiful and happy (and calm and incredibly organized!) bride and everyone had so much fun. Truly a magical day. Here are some photos:
Julia and her attendants arrive Saturday morning

Julia and her attendants arrive Saturday morning

Hair and make-up. The guys got ready down in the pool house.

Hair and make-up. The guys got ready down in the pool house.

The dogs got lots of attention!

The dogs got lots of attention!

Lots of work to be done before the ceremony

Lots of work to be done before the ceremony

Dave came over early to help

Dave came over early to help

And, of course, to spend some quality time with the animals

And, of course, to spend some quality time with the animals

All ready for the big event

All ready for the big event

Taylor and Victoria helped out

Taylor and Victoria helped out

Victoria "dressed" the powder room rabbit!

Victoria "dressed" the powder room rabbit!

Daniel and Amber helped, too

Daniel and Amber helped, too

Look at the poor, neglected dogs!

Look at the poor, neglected dogs!

Wedding cupcakes

Wedding cupcakes

Soho dressed for her "ringbearer" role

Soho dressed for her "ringbearer" role

Soho was accompanied by the flower girl, who was encouraged by Julia's friend, Jenny

Soho was accompanied by the flower girl, who was encouraged by Julia's friend, Jenny

Julia just before the ceremony

Julia just before the ceremony

Waiting for the ceremony to start

Waiting for the ceremony to start

Ready to go

Ready to go

Julia and her dad

Julia and her dad

Soho watches the ceremony

Soho watches the ceremony

"You may now kiss the bride"

"You may now kiss the bride"

After the ceremony

After the ceremony

It's official!

It's official!

Julia's mom

Julia's mom

Soho makes a friend

Soho makes a friend

She made a lot of friends

She made a lot of friends

The happy couple!

The happy couple!

Grant’s father is a pastor and he performed the ceremony, which was so special, and Julia’s grandfather, also a pastor, gave the dinner blessing. Julia’s father spoke touchingly of his relationship with her and the joy of newfound fellowship with Grant’s family. All who spoke gently  reminded the young couple that “things won’t always be easy” (who knows, Grant, your wife may decide she wants chickens someday!) and that the way to have a marriage made in heaven is to call on the Lord for guidance, in good times and bad. Good advice for all of us!

Dinner was lovely and then there was dancing on the upper courtyard – Julia’s dedication song to Grant was Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” – so fitting. It was truly a joyous occasion. Chloe made 150 new best friends as she circulated through the crowd all evening, and there were several tours of the chicken coop. Autumn even made a brief appearance on the dance floor!

We felt so blessed to have the boys and their friends there, and Granny, too, and for ALL the help we had – Cathy and Kirstie frou-froued the dogs within an inch of their lives, Bernadette managed – well, pretty much everybody – Dave, cheerful as always, did hours of manual labor, Paz postponed her vacation just so she could come and help, Taylor cleaned and raked himself into a Zen state, Victoria spent her entire day helping out, and Daniel and Amber took on the job of overseeing parking for 150 people. It was a day that reminded me how precious all our relationships are and how grateful I am for all these people in my life.

And just when it seemed things couldn’t get better, Teri visited us yesterday! Teri took over Julia’s job, and, while she was only with us for a school year, she, too, has become part of the family. She recently moved up to the Bay area, and was in town this weekend with her boyfriend, Derek, who clearly loves her, as he took time out of their quick trip to come over and talk poultry and schmooze with Chloe.

Teri and Chloe are reunited

Teri and Chloe are reunited

All roads lead to the chicken coop...

All roads lead to the chicken coop...

Hope, 10 weeks old

Hope, 10 weeks old

The sun came out for the wedding, but now we're back to fog and cold. The girls cuddle up to stay warm.

The sun came out for the wedding, but now we're back to fog and cold. The girls cuddle up to stay warm.

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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One Response to Such a great weekend!

  1. Katherine Gunther says:

    GORGEOUS! All of it! The bride, the groom, the grounds, the dogs, undoubtedly Amber on the dance floor doing the funky chicken, the Bernie. And you had SUN!

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