Estes Park: Michael and Katie say “I do.”

This long awaited event was everything I had hoped it would be. It began with family gathering at our new home in Longmont. The first thing Ane wanted to do was to go to Target!

And of course we went to the mountains to cool off in the river.

Packing up the next day was tricky, because we had 7 people and 2 small cars. And luggage. And wedding stuff. But everyone was in good spirits and we managed.

Our family enjoys hiking, and Rocky Mountain National Park has limitless opportunities to explore.

The following day, Terry and I hosted a dinner for the bridal party and families. It was so much fun!

Stephanie gave a speech that brought us to tears! Her and Mike are besties, even though sometimes they fight like animals!

Thank you so much Jack Joyce for capturing that on video. 😊

Friday was activity day. Some people chose golf at Estes Park golf club.

And some of us went on a hike in the park.

Friday late afternoon was hosted by Katie’s father Brian Savage. It was such a wonderful event! By that time, most of the guests had arrived and were in celebration mode!

And finally, 8-18-18. The BIG DAY. All of the planning, all of the preparation, well it all came together that special day to unite Michael and Katie in love and marriage. It was a magnificent event. Terry was the officiant for the ceremony and nobody could have done it better.

The colors and light were amazing. Love and excitement were in the air!

Flowers adorned the natural setting. Everything was in place, waiting for the ceremony to begin.

Then, we were gathered together, and just like that, like a blink of an eye, I walked down the aisle with my son, memory upon memory of my sweet, little lammie pie baby who grew into the man I had always hoped he would. This moment was so precious and I’ll never forget it.

My sister sat next to me as we watched the ceremony happen. 💕 I wished I had a photo of us.

Katie was a vision of loveliness in her wedding dress. She had a big smile on her face all day!

Terry said, “By the power vested in me by the state of Colorado, I now pronounce you husband and wife. Katie, you may kiss your husband. Mike, you may kiss her back.” 😊💕

Then Stella came running up and made the union complete!

Everyone loves Stella!!!

Now, the party begins!

A wedding is an opportunity for people to come together in love and celebration. People who don’t often see each other reunite and reconnect. It’s a celebration with deeply human emotions.

The party raged, even through the rain storm later on that evening.

The party continued (without me) and I hear it was epic.

Clearly, it was a good time had by all who attended. Luckily for me, I was snuggled up with my fabulous four grandchildren watching Hercules. 👍😉

The next morning, guests were treated to coffee and breakfast treats. Some said their goodbyes, and the rest of us either slept in or went on the pontoon boat on Lake Estes.

Finally, Monday arrived with all of the emotions of exhaustion and happiness. Michael and Katie and Stella left for their honeymoon adventure in South Dakota. The rest of our family headed to Longmont for a brief after party with a stop over of friends before they caught their flights. Then, because we just can’t get enough adventure, we went to the river again.

So, that’s it. I’m a proud and happy mama. Terry and I count our blessings every day. This crazy family of ours, although far apart in distance, is closer than ever, brought together in the name of Love.

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