If you have been following my blogs or know me personally, then you know I receive a lot of help from my daughter, Morgan, in putting these posts together. Morgan and I had the great pleasure of spending this past weekend together in Austin,Texas, for our close friend’s wedding. As we were discussing what we enjoyed most about the wedding she decided to put a blog together to share our experience. So, here we are on the plane, enjoying the luxury of having the whole isle to ourselves, while we begin discussing our great weekend together. I hope you enjoy.
We arrived in Austin at 1:45 on Saturday, rented a car, and headed to the hotel. After checking in, I decided to take a quick nap while my dad caught up on some March madness. Next thing you know, my dad is waking me up to get in the shower. Well, I must say I have a little of my mom in me and I don’t get in a hurry for too many things, so I naturally explored the wedding blog for a while before starting the getting ready process. Soon enough my dad was fully dressed and I hadn’t even showered yet. He made the wise choice of going down to the lobby bar to wait for me as I scurried through the room to get ready just in the nick of time. Not realizing how far we had to travel until just before we left, the thought of being late was now a reality. But, with a short cut my dad knew about and the advantage of an 85 mph. speed limit on highway 130 in the great state of Texas, we made it with a few minutes to spare.
Let It Flow
On the way over, dad predicted that our good friend and father of the bride, Enidio, would “lose it” while walking Nicolet down the aisle. You see, my dad is an expert on this subject, as he cries at all my significant life events, so I took his word for it. Well, he was almost right. Sure enough, as soon as we walked in, Enidio was there to embrace us with a big hug and tears streaming down his face. Not only was he crying before the ceremony even started, but his sister said he had been crying for three days! He is a man full of love and emotion and the tears continued down the aisle, as he gave his daughter away. I love Enidio, his passion and love for others is contagious.
That emotion carried over into the entire wedding. It was one of those special experiences where you could literally “feel the love” all night long. As Mary, the mother of the bride, walked towards the alter she stopped to pick up one of the many feathers that lined the aisle. It was then that I realized that the décor had so much more meaning. The Magel’s lost their beautiful daughter and Nicolet’s sister, to a brain aneurysm 15 years ago at the age of twelve. Since then, every time they see a feather they are reminded that Missy is still with them in spirit. She was most certainly there as the many feathers lining the aisle whistled in the wind. It was beautiful.
Pick A Seat, Not A Side
Nicolet looked happier than anyone I had ever seen. These days it is hard to come across two individuals who have found “true love,” but this wedding made me a believer again. When the pastor asked the guests for approval of the marriage we couldn’t help but shout a big, loud YES! It was just so obvious that these two were meant to be together. It showed in so many ways, right down to the comfortable elegance of the reception. There were no seating arrangements, boring dinners, or stuffy relatives. Instead, everyone was free to pick a seat, not a side and eat whenever they were ready as gourmet food trucks surrounded the beautiful vineyard. Nicolet’s love for art, music, and her spunky creative style was shown in many ways, like a tepee photo booth, a finger print guest list, awesome cigar bar, and harlem shake rendition.
I am so happy that I got to be a part of her special day. It gave me a chance to spend time with my dad as it reminded me to stay in the moment and appreciate the time we are given with our loved ones. There is so much love out there, just take a moment to feel it.
Wishing you all the success you will allow yourself to have!