The much talked about wedding of my nephew Christian to his girlfriend (now wife) Kelly, finally took place last Saturday, September 20. Although having to drive almost 4 hours to get there, it was a perfect day and well worth the many miles traveling the Garden State Pkwy (NJ) to get there. The ceremony took place outside in a beautiful Winery (Renault Winery) in Southern New Jersey, near Atlantic City. While we (my children and I) were waiting for the wedding to start, we took advantage of their little "winery gift shop". Beside buying the usual Merlot and Port (which are one of the best we have tasted) the coup de gras, was the Blueberry Champagne; which to our surprise, during the reception they had a flowing fountain of this delicious Champagne.
As you can see from the photo's the scenery was the perfect setting for a perfect wedding. Christian, who is also my Godson, has 3 other brothers, and a sister, who were a part of the Ceremony. Of course, as beautiful as the Bride and Groom were, the scene stealer's of the wedding were their 20 mo old son, Strummer, who was the ring bearer (tuxedo and all), and the little flower girl, who is just 22 months old.
One beautiful moment during the reception was during the "First Dance" with Christian and Kelly; they picked up Strummer, as he helped them through the final moments of their first dance. Quite different was the Father/Daughter dance, not your usual, "Daddy's Little Girl", but they danced to Guns n' Roses, "Sweet Child of Mine". That kind of set the tone for the rest of the wedding! Another classic moment was that of Strummer rockin' out on the dance floor surrounded by all the young ladies, and loving every minute of it (see pic).
Another great thing about weddings is the chance to see family and cousins who keep spreading out. One pic is of my cousin, Joyce (who now lives in Chicago), and a doing a little posing of our own with the "naked" statue.(oh, I am the one on the right). One does not have to look at that picture to realize that we were the devils of our generation!
Now that we have made it through their beautiful wedding; their are 6 more cousins' to go. My daughter, Kelly was married two years ago this September; so who know what will be next September!