"Let's sail away, on the ocean blue. For you are meant for me. And I am meant for you", read the invitation. On Saturday, June 22, 2013, Kathleen and Trevor stood in front of their family, friends, hundreds of beach goers...and the ocean, and declared their love and intentions. At times, the spray of the waves pounding the rock jetty behind them, lightly misted the wedding party, causing the bride to flash her brilliant smile as her bridesmaids dressed in the pastel colors of the sea lined behind her.
Beach conditions were perfect. It was as if all the weather gods had lined up to put on their best show. Brilliant blue skies, a light breeze and perfect June temperatures all blended to make this wedding one to remember. As the bride's flowing white gown swept along the beach, it was the groom's turn to smile as he watched her come down the sandy isle. As his mother, I have been witness to most of the expressions on his handsome face over the years. But this day was different. The excitement of his first home run, the intensiveness of his first varsity tackle, or even the pride he displayed shaking the Dean's hand at his college graduation, paled in comparison to this long awaited moment. No, this was the look of a joyful man, a man trying to catch his breath as he realized that all that he wanted in life was now walking toward him on her father's arm.
He anxiously watched as she approached, and extended his hand to the man who had guided her to his side. I watched my son as she slid
her hand into his, slowly close his eyes and exhale..."for you were meant for me".
|...and he did, as his groomsmen cheered him on!|
Family and friends had started to arrive days earlier, in planes, trains and automobiles to help celebrate their support and love for this union. The minister spoke her wise words, the bride and groom had each chosen a cousin to read warm and witty selections...and then Kathleen and Trevor recited those time-honored vowels that never seem to get old. And with the declaration of marriage and a wave of her, Rev. O'Donnell proclaimed them married. "Trevor, kiss your wife!"
I must admit, that by the time we got through the receiving line and ready to board the trolley, the two of them were downright giddy! Watching them laughing while drinking champagne made me realize why this is such a great couple...they're friends. They've got this!
Now, I can't speak for the newlyweds, but when I walked into that reception and realized that almost everyone in this world that I love and care about,
After everyone feasted on New York strip steak and sea bass, the party got started! Some of my favorite pictures of this day are below. Take a look!
|Kat surprised hubby with short dress and a hot dance to "I know what boys want"!|
|Dads can be funny at the oddest times!|
|I'm getting married!|
|When was it decided I was wearing a ring?|
And as the Groom's brother Kyle, the best man, toasted,
"May only the good winds push your sails through the journey of life"
Here is to the good winds, Trevor & Kathleen!
Photos by anyone who posted on Facebook!