Friday, June 22, 2012

The Best Kind of Beginning

Good morning Blogosphere! I’m back and I missed you.

Now where were we?

Oh, that’s right. It’s still June. Beginnings and Endings, month of transitions. We had the good fortune to kick off our summer with one of my most favoritest kind of beginnings.

 A Wedding!!

There was a time in my life when every other weekend was filled with weddings. The dress, the gift, the toasts and dancing began to feel like a festive routine. 
Fast forward ten years and suddenly a wedding is no longer part of our routine. In fact, it had been almost four years since my family attended a wedding.

And, as if the prospect of a family wedding wasn’t enough, this wedding had the added bonus of being a destination wedding. If you haven’t already guessed, I adore a destination wedding!

In this case the destination was Yosemite and the wedding was held at the historic Wawona Lodge.
At some point during our pre-wedding hikes around Yosemite I realized this was the first wedding Child #1 could comprehend in terms of the couple’s long term commitment.

“But mom,” she asked me repeatedly. “What happens if the bride and groom say ‘I don’t’. What will everyone do?”
I promised her this wouldn’t happen but the worry lingered.

After the ceremony, at the reception, she took a break from dancing and drinking sparkling apple cider to pull me aside and whisper gleefully, “They did it!”

Yes, they did it! There was no hesitation, no doubts and none of the post-wedding wrestling matches that occurred at my wedding, unless you count the one that broke out among a group of three year olds during the reception.
It was a perfect, beautiful beginning.

And, as is always the case with this kind of beginning, I wish them a wonderful life together.


Anonymous said...

Looks like a great wedding. Love the vest on that kid.

Barbara Watson said...

Simply beautiful. And what a gorgeous day for an outdoor wedding!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

What an awesome place to have a wedding!

Beylit said...

It looks picturesque. How very lovely. The year I got married 12 of my friends also got married. It was insane.

Emily R. King said...

Beautiful! Weddings are a happy time for everyone. Thanks for sharing.

Matthew MacNish said...

Looks like a lot of fun. My sister's getting married next month, so we're looking forward to our own!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

What a fun trip for everyone! And how funny that your kid worried about someone saying "I don't!"

Of course, it happens on TV and in movies a lot. (How many times have you seen a bride running from the altar at the climax of the movie?) Maybe that's what sparked the idea?

Carol Kilgore said...

Looks like a beautiful and relaxed occasion. Thanks for sharing :)

Johanna Garth said...

Thanks Josh, that's my little Child #2.

It was a beautiful day Barbara!

Alex, like I said, nothing beats a destination wedding :)

Beylit, I totally remember those years!

Emily, thanks. I LOVE weddings.

Matt, that sounds like so much fun!

Dianne, I don't know where she got that idea because she hasn't seen any of those movies or read those kinds of books!

Carol, totally wonderful and relaxed!

M Pax said...

What a beautiful place to have a wedding. Weddings, etc ... go in cycles. No weddings in my current cycle. Although perhaps my nephew in a few years.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I loved the picture of the Garth clan. Look at those great looking people and those gorgeous smiles. Oh wait, the wedding couple was a great picture too...can I admit I'm a bit partial to the Garth clan? No offence to the happy couple. :-D

I do enjoy destination weddings. I've been to a few good ones. Memories are made from these.


jenny milchman said...

Love it! Gorgeous wedding, and you have a gorgeous family! We haven't been to one in I don't know how many years. Wrangle me an invite next time...I love a wedding, too ;)

Neurotic Workaholic said...

Beautiful wedding pictures, especially the ones of your family! I must admit that I have the opposite attitude towards weddings, because I get all caught up in the expenses, etc. But I think if I could go to a wedding like the one you described it'd be different. :)

Talli Roland said...

What a gorgeous spot for a new beginning.

PK HREZO said...

Wow I bet it was gorgeous! Such a beautiful part of the country. For awhile there I actually got tired of weddings cuz there were so many (plus it gets expensive.) But we havent been to one in awhile now. My daughter's at the age where sh can appreciate it now too. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I did wedding photography for years and never had a bride and groom not say I do. That would be so awkward.

I would love to shoot a wedding there.

Anonymous said...

Hi Johanna! Thank you for your recent visit to my blog.

Weddings can be so much fun. I've been to several outdoor weddings. I think there is always some worry that the weather will hold out for the bride and groom's special day.

Margo Berendsen said...

A wedding in Yosemite??? I did not think such things were possible. I can only imagine how beautiful!

Margo Berendsen said...

A wedding in Yosemite??? I did not think such things were possible. I can only imagine how beautiful!

The Bookworm said...

That sounds like a lovely wedding! Such nice photos!