More wedding pics…

The wedding photographers have 2 photos from Jeff and Celia's wedding on the front page of their site. Go to Nine Photography. That lovely couple at the top of the page is Jeff and Celia! The two funky robots on their blog link are mine. They live on Steve's dresser and Kelli (photographer) added Jeff and Celia's rings to take that great photo.

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Most of the wedding photos were taken before the ceremony. No superstition for them – the groom saw the bride and the photos were taken! I seriously recommend this to any of you who have weddings on the horizon. The wedding itself was more focused and Jeff and Celia were more relaxed. It was good.

The photo above was taken between the wedding and reception. The photographers found a cool spot for photos and had Jeff and Celia stop for photos on the way to the reception. Celia said it was a good way for them to catch their breath and get ready to enjoy the eveing. And I have to say the photos I've seen are worth the time it took.

Some wedding snaps…

Chris Vincent, one of Jeff's very good friends from Dickinson and a groomsman, took some photos. This is what I've seen so far:

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The guys kept my son safely belted in when driving around town. Made me happy!

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Most of the bridal photos happened before the wedding. Times have changed – none of that wedding superstition for our kids. It worked out so well that I would recommend this to anyone planning a wedding. Jeff and Celia still had the "reveal" shots but it happened before the ceremont. The jitters were over. It was really nice! The time between the wedding and getting to the reception was just right.

I'll have more posts later, maybe next week. It's been a good (and very busy) 2 days with the kids before we head home from Baltimore.

I found one wedding-related photo…

Remember the centerpieces I made for the rehearsal dinner? Here is one in place. I'd share a photo of the whole room, ready to go, but I didn't get a good photo of that.

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The acrylic "diamonds" on the mirror added some nice bling. We put a tiny battery-powered light in the marbles in all of the round vases for an added glow. It was fun!

Celia found a place to use the log/daisy combos at the reception. I was happy to be able to use them more than once. (FYI – Those of you who attend fall quilt market will see them in our booth if you look close.

Jeff and Celia got married!

Our youngest son married a wonderful woman on Saturday. I am happy to say that I now have 2 great daughters-in-law. As a mother of boys this makes me very happy.

Do I have any pictures of any of the weddingevents? No. But the photographers at Nine Photography promised to have some for me to post later in the week. And my brother-in-law, Charles, his wife, Deborah, and their daughter, Rachel, each took photos. I can bore you tears with wedding photos soon, but not today. Today I can show you the loaded pickup that we are driving from Texas to Baltimore. For those of you unfamiliar with the US, it's a 2-day drive in each direction.

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My contribution to the packing experience was to find a place for the last thing (that basket) that didn't fit.

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It's great up front, between the seats. We filled it with lunch, phones, etc. It's actually kind of handy!

Alain de Botton on success…

Have you found TED? Here is what their website says: TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started
out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three
worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since
then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED
Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in
Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open
Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year's
TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.

What I can tell you is that I've had mind-expanding insights while listening to TED talks. The one below is by Alain de Botton whose book, The Art of Travel, is one of my very favorite reads. In this talk he made me re-examine what I think about success.

Zinnias are wonderful!

I took a lot of pictures of the yard and one of them was of this lovely, red zinnia. I grew a whole lot of them from seeds and I'm going to remember to do that every year from now on.

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I thought I would crop the image to see if it was better. What do you think?

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Doesn't this make you wonder about cropping your quilt blocks!