Thursday, August 22, 2019

A JULY WEDDING : ABBY & TOM PART II





Hello friends!  I wanted to share more of Abby and Tom's wedding, and then I'll be back on track with more of the normal and yet crazy posts expected from me.  So...this is our ground floor room at the Abbey Resort where the three day "destination " wedding took place.  Located in Fontana, WI., just 15 minutes west of Lake Geneva, it was a beautiful setting for a wedding, and we had the most perfect weather.  Our room faced the harbor and had a great view of the gorgeous boats and yachts docked there.  And even better, the pavilion where the actual wedding took place was a stone's throw away.  The block of rooms booked by guests either faced the harbor or the pools (there are three).  I really enjoyed sitting on the chairs outside our door reading my latest book and just enjoying my view.  Funny how my life seems to be wrapped around lakes and water.  




Guests in the wedding party, as well as close family and friends, arrived on Thursday for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.  After the practice round we headed over to a large patio where a spectacular Midwest barbecue kicked off the first night.  Later many of us headed to one of the bars in the resort, and then back outdoors to the fire pit.   So much celebrating and overall fun.

Early the following morning my niece, Lizzy, led a yoga class under the shade of the trees.  She recently got her multi-style certification in yoga after a month of hard work in Bali, no less.  Oh, how I wish I had that confident sense of adventure when I was her age.  



The rest of Friday was spent poolside, and we mostly gathered at the one that was child friendly.  So many cute kids, too many to count, including the four ring bearers and four flower girls.  Chairs in the sun and tables in the shade offered something for everyone.  There was a little hut where simple fare was available as well as cold drinks. Sitting with my feet in the water and sipping a Corona with lime was true indulgence.  Most of the guys, and maybe a few ladies--not sure, hit the golf course for eighteen holes.  Here's Abby, the bride to be with my granddaughter, Elsie.


Here's a shot of daughter Emily, Mike, and that little cutie, Madelyn.  Have I mentioned that their baby girl due in November will be named Lucy?  I just love that name.  


Dinner Friday night was outside one of the inn's restaurants.  A sweet family shot.  We had friends from Louisville, Canada, and England make the trek to see Abby and Tom marry.  And there is Papa on the far right.  The highlight of the three days was seeing him have a dance with Abby at the reception.  We all stood around clapping, and Papa even got a little fancy with a some twirling!



 On Saturday morning we met in the bridal suite to have our hair and makeup professionally done.  Abby had gifted me, my sister in law Megan (who was the ceremony minister), and the eight bridesmaids with monogrammed pajama sets and robes.  A huge breakfast was brought in which included eggs, ham, potatoes, bagels and cream cheese, and fresh cut fruit.  A mimosa bar was set up on a dresser.  It's so great to feel pampered like that, and of course, bond with all the ladies.  




Abby received a beautiful gift of jewelry from her Godfather, Jack, who came all the way from Vancouver.  So much family love all around.


Some candid shots just prior to the ceremony.  Here is son, Kevin, with his two precious girls, Elsie and Patsy.  I really need to update my sidebar with more recent pics. 



And this is my grandson Brooks; son, Jeff, and his wife Deidre's little guy.  He and Madelyn look like they are up to mischief, or at least doing that terribly shocking thing of showing what they've eaten, in this case, veggie straws.  Jeff and Deeds are expecting another baby in December.  Our family is growing at an astonishing rate.  




Pics from the ceremony were shared in my last post.  I love this photo of my girls, Emily and Abigail. They are as beautiful inside as out.  I'm beyond happy and blessed to have them and that they have found really wonderful people to marry.



My brother and his wife, Mary Jane, came up from Louisville.  They made a little wrong turn and ended up driving through downtown Chicago during rush hour.  This made their trip over eight+ hours.  Like the troopers they are, once they arrived we took a long walk, had cocktails and dinner, and then mingled.  They got to see some my grandchildren which they had only seen in pictures, and met some of the super nice people in Tom's family.  My brother is a retired high school teacher and coach.  He taught sociology for just over 45 years and coached baseball and football.  He's in the Indiana Hall of Fame for leading his baseball teams to an insane amount of championships.  So it's a happy coincidence that Tom is in high school education and a football coach as well.  It's hard to believe John and MJ are in their early seventies.  No way, right?  They have a tons more energy than me, that's for sure.  



I'm going to end with the father-daughter dance.  I get a tear in my eye just looking at this.  The Husband is the best father I could have ever imagined for my kids.  They look up to him for his values, beliefs, warmth, and wisdom.  Look at those smiles!

So this is it.  Again, if you missed Part I of the wedding, go here.  

I can't believe that I've been such a lazy bum and I haven't written about this pretty great summer I've had (so far).  I'll share some of that in my next post, and some very exciting news!  

Take care,

Jane x 

31 comments:

Vee said...

You’re not a lazy bum! You have been enjoying a wonderful summer.

My! You have so much family to love and so many adorable grands. It is wonderful that the family is growing.

Wonderful wedding, wonderful destination, wonderful family.

Susie said...

Blondie, I loved seeing all the pictures of your ever growing family. More to love. It sounds like it was a wonderful wedding. So glad the weather stayed nice. Everyone gathering in the same place where there are great views and relaxing pools, had to be fun. Blessings to all, xoxo, Susie

Mary said...

Wow Jane! what a great wedding celebration - sounds exhausting but I know was a ton of fun for you all!
Lovely to glimpse a pic of Alan - but where are you? Want to see what you wore etc.

Family still growing - beautiful children!

Any plans for Asheville before the year is over? We want to go but it's hard fitting it in yet again. Be sure to let us know if you head that way. We'll be overseas in Oct. but perhaps can do a couple of days in Nov. or Dec.

Bob and I miss seeing you both and send love and hugs xx

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

it sounds and looks like it was lovely!

Shirley said...

Good Morning Jane. You are not lazy, but enjoying beautiful memories of your daughter's wedding with pictures. We all enjoy see pictures of children and our grandchildren. They grow up so extremely fast that is for sure. The weather cooperated and you had a beautiful day along with a beautiful wedding. Love to you. Hugs and prayers from your Missouri friend Shirley.

Kit said...

Oh it was wonderful to see this lovely wedding on your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your family with us. You are so blessed. When you visited my blog you asked a couple of questions, it was a County Fair and yes Holly Hocks need lots of sun. Don't worry you can tell us all about your summer at the lake during the quieter winter. :) Kit

Evi Erlinda said...

Unforgettable memories :)

Bluebird49 said...

I'm so happy for all of you! Imagine, all four married now, and more grandchildren already on the way!

Junkchiccottage said...

Sometimes Jane we need to stop and just enjoy life around us. Glad you are having such a wonderful summer and your daughter's wedding was just beautiful.
Hugs,
Kris

oldgreymareprimitives said...

Blessings to all on such a delightful occasion

Lynne said...

What a beautiful, happy, wedding, family time.
Thank you for sharing!
And oh my, the grandchildren are precious . . . sounds like more are on the way!

Rita C at Panoply said...

There is nothing better than having a daughter's best day be commemorated with so many family members and love! I'm so happy for Abby and Tom, and for you, Jane! All the little children is an incredible sight to see grow!

A Quiet Corner said...

Don't you dare say you're lazy, young lady about not writing bout the wedding. We all know what it's like to be in that dream world and not want to come out...we keep replaying all the wonderful moments leading up to, during and after such an exciting, life changing event. Now, relax and enjoy the rest of your Summer...:)jp

Theresa said...

OH what beautiful pictures of great times together! My favorite is the Father/Daughter dance, that picture will be cherished for years to come. Have a blessed day and thanks for sharing this wonderful time with us. HUGS!

Kim said...

Summer is made for lazy days, Jane and the pictures are beautiful. What a lovely family!

Mereknits said...

Jane, the whole weekend just looked amazing, so filled with family, friends and lots of love. So glad it was so intimate and wonderful.

Cindy said...

Beautiful wedding and family, Jane. And yes, where are you? Thank you for sharing ❤️ Cindy

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Oh, Jane, what a beautiful family you have that came together for such a joyous occasion! I smiled through every picture of this post. Looking forward to hearing your exciting news!

It's me said...

Oh Jane so Nice to see your beautiful familly..your grandchildren oh so cute the hair wreath...That must be a fantastic day ......so Nice you share it with us ....love from me Ria ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’•

Jill said...

All so beautiful!!

Hena Tayeb said...

Looks like such a beautiful love filled event.. so many memories made.

Jen Kershner said...

What a beautiful family you are blessed with! Of course, I know you are fully aware of this and completely grateful for it. Happy summer's end to you!

Linda said...

I came by the other day but I was on my phone and the comment didn't stick!
I always love catching up with you and there's always something BIG going on in your life!
Love seeing your beautiful family and those grandchildren!!!!

Jeanie said...

What a beautiful bride and what a terrific venue. It looks like it wasn't only a fabulous day filled with love but one filled with fun, too, and isn't that what we'd all love for a wedding? A great post for a great day!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

What a beautiful family! Congratulations to your daughter.

Decor To Adore said...

What a beautiful couple. My heartfelt best wishes! I love that sweet photo of your darling grandson.

Rebecca Nelson said...

I haven't blogged in so long!

Hope you are well my friend. Will skip back through and see what's been going on!

Just a beautiful place to marry and a beautiful couple.

<3 Rebecca

jujupage1 said...

You love your growing family. That is such a beautiful thing. Hope it all went as you'd expected and more!

Terra said...

I read and savored every word of this post and enjoyed the photos and seeing your loving family.

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Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Somehow I missed this and am catching up! What a lovely setting and weekend. Beautiful bride and I know you are equal parts happy and relieved.