I have attempted to write this post since July. It is now November. Each time I tried to post it, I would either get an error or the draft would have magically been deleted. I finally took it as a sign that I should wait to post it. Better late than never, I guess.
Nicole and Robin had their wedding on the 4th of July weekend. It was an all out extravaganza of flags and America. The ceremony and reception were held on the family farm. Both sides had come together and made a clearing in a wooded area in a corn field. Apparently it had taken several months of almost the whole family getting together to clear the area out. There was also a bar that they made out of an old corn bin dubbed "The Sin Bin". Perfect. Over the course of the day, family was the theme that kept coming up. Even more so than the celebration of America that was two days away.
Most brides and grooms seem a little nervous before their wedding. It is a natural response. Its a big event that is life changing. Nicole and Robin were different. They didn't seem nervous one bit. I even emailed her the day before asking if she was ready for the big day. I got a response of "HECK YEA." In all caps, of course. She also mentioned family in that email as well. Family was a big part of this wedding. From their kids being a part of the ceremony itself, to the months that it took to set up the ceremony/reception area, to all the kith and kin that showed up to celebrate. It was obvious as to how close everybody was. Even if it had been years since people had seen each other, it was like they were never apart.
As we (Darcy was my navigator for the trip) packed up for the drive home, Nicole was talking to us about our growing family, and how important it is to put at the top of your list. That was my big take away from this wedding. Keep family first and everything else will fall into place.
Thank you Nicole and Robin for letting us be a part of your special day. It was a great time.