Dear Friends and Family,
Our wedding was amazing; of course, what bride doesn't say that? Even more amazing were our friends and family. It meant the world to us that each one of them traveled such long distances to spend our special day with us.
We set up a homemade bamboo arch draped with white fabric and tropical blue ribbon. Blue and orange homemade paper flowers scattered about lined a path to the arch preceded with a couple of tiki torches. Jennifer and Daniel escorted me down the sandy beach to the arch where they left me by Jimi's side. I wore my grandmother's 'old' earrings, a 'new' white sundress, 'borrowed' white flip flops, and a 'blue' shell choker with matching anklet. Jimi wore a pair of black and white swim trunks with a white button up collared shirt. Our attendants were Tammy as my Matron of Honor and Jeff as the Best Man. The sound of the waves was our music, Our guests stood all around us snapping pictures, taking in the moment and of course some were sobbing.
After the ceremony our friend, Brad, was gracious enough to take pictures of us and our family members. As soon as pictures were finished, Jimi swooped me up and ran me in to the ocean. The sun was warm and bright, but the water was a bit cold.
Our guests played on the beach and sat in the sand for the next few hours. The day turned out really nice. It was a bright sunny day. The sun kissed our skin softly and warmed our hearts.
We had the reception at our house in Englewood. Gregg and Tammy warmed the food and set everything up for us for our guests to arrive. My mother worked on the cake and cake table. We had a wonderful reception.
Our guests included
Mom & Dad from Stamford, NE
Marie (my sister) from Beaver City, NE
Jacque (niece) and Brittany (great niece) from Loomis, NE
Jennifer (daughter) from Longmont, CO
Daniel (son) from Anchorage, AK
Jeff (brother) and Karen (sister in law) from Round Lake, IL
Robert (nephew) and Michelle (nephew's wife) from Chicago, IL
Gregg & Tammy Risedorf from Mead, CO
Brad & Ellen Cole from Englewood, CO
Matt Williams from Ann Arbor, MI
Vicki Branaghan from Thornton, CO
Corey, Dena, Alexis & Dalton Mayo from Waco, TX
A very special thank to everyone for coming to visit and making our day even that much more meaningful.
An extra special thanks to the following:
Mom & Dad for bringing chairs, coolers, and other supplies. For all their love, support and help throughout.
Mom for making our cakes.
Marie, Jacque, and Brittany for helping with cleaning and the set up, including food preparation.
Tammy and Gregg for taking charge where needed and preparing for the reception, cooking the mashed potatoes, and just everything.
Mom & Daniel for directing the pictures.
Jennifer for fixing my hair.
Brad for being our 'last minute' photographer.
Ellen for talking to the hotel manager.
I know I assigned little jobs here and there to many other people, whom I may have forgotten to mention. However, I hope they know how much we really do appreciate everything.
Jimi and I realize we are both so fortunate to have such wonderful people in our lives. Thank you to all!!
Here are a few pictures.
Lorie & Jimi