Sunday, June 28, 2009

A wedding day but so much more

Last Saturday was a beautiful day in West Michigan.

After a leisurely morning Susie and her mom went out scouting for plants for a wedding gift. Jane and Dave had asked that if anyone wanted to give a gift that it be something they could plant in their garden. The idea is to eventually tag each plant with a nameplate of the donor -- a token of remembrance of this very special day for these two crazy kids who have come so far in such a short span of time.

Anyway, the three of us, Susie, her mom and I left Grand Rapids about midday and headed west toward Lake Michigan, stopping just short in downtown Holland. The wedding was scheduled to kick off at 2pm in Mulder Chapel at Hope College. The weather was fine, just the right balance of sun and cool air. Afterwards everyone walked the few short blocks to the Holland Arts Council for a wonderful reception: so many smiling faces spent recapturing fond memories, so many old friendships renewed amidst tasty food, cold beer and chilled chardonnay.

Later that evening we joined the family and friends out at Jane and Dave's place on Lake Macatawa -- a grand place to enjoy the beautiful summer evening and help the newlyweds kick off the next phase of their journey together.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the show:


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