Julie and I just returned from a long road trip to attend our cousin's wedding in Ohio. I went with my parents and Julie and C. drove separately. We traveled through Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and a little bit of Ohio. Our dad was extremely impressed with the beautiful farmland in the midwest. The irrigated corn in Oklahoma isn't nearly this tall and only produces one ear per stalk. Our dad is 6'3" and this corn still towers over him and has two ears per stalk!
My parents and I arrived on Thursday evening and assisted with the wedding preparations on Friday. Both sides of the family pitched in and helped prepare for the ceremony and reception, then the bride and groom invited everyone over to their house for supper. They have a nice backyard, so everyone sat around and ate and got to know each other since it was the first time many of the family members had met. Here's the groom doing his part to beautify the wedding arch:
When we arrived for the wedding, there were a lot of motorcycles parked at the VFW post where the reception was to be held. I was a little confused by this, but apparently this was one stop on a poker run. I really hoped all of the participants wouldn't fire up their motorcycles in the middle of the wedding ceremony! Fortunately, that didn't happen. The wedding went great!
The wedding was outdoors on Saturday afternoon at 4:00, and it was just lovely. The wedding ceremony took place under a pavilion next to a quiet stream and the reception was at the VFW post right next door. The weather cooperated perfectly and we couldn't have asked for a better day.
The reception was also excellent. The event was very casual, with a home cooked meal for dinner. The meal was catered by friends of the bride and groom. We had burgers, beans, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs, and lots of other good food, then, of course, wedding cake for dessert! My dad said this was the best wedding reception food he had ever eaten...because he got full!
Here are a few more pictures from the wedding festivities.
Julie and me after the wedding ceremony:
The bride and groom's first dance:
The bride's dance with her father:
The groom's dance with his mother:
The groom and best man being "serious:"
And, finally, the happy couple!