The second grandkid on Dave's side of the family tied the knot not too long after the first (back HERE).
This time it was our first nephew. The one who went to Stanford and married a girl he met there who is an amazing musician who has traveled the world and also attended Cambridge.
Yep, this is a power couple for sure.
But let's start at the beginning.
Back when all nine kids in Dave's family started to gather in North Carolina. All nine kids were able to figure out how to get there. There were a few spouses who couldn't get there, but nine kids is pretty good if you ask me.
Here's the group that arrived in from the desert late one night:
And here we are when we met up with some others at the Bed and Breakfast where we stayed:
As you can see, we were pretty excited to get together :)
We stayed at this beautiful bed and breakfast they reserved for us.
It's called the Lion's Gate.
This is how we had breakfast each morning:
The first morning the girls headed out to the bridal brunch
...and celebrated with the cute bride and bridesmaids.
Here are all the sisters and sister-in-laws:
I tried to sit here but they wouldn't let me:)
Luckily we figured it out and got to Duke in one piece.
I love this place. I have had the opportunity to spend a good bit of time there for a few BBS conferences in the past (back HERE and HERE) so it was kind of fun to be back in my old stomping grounds.
HERE and HERE. They are really good.
“If you let your children touch the temple it will touch them.” More about that back HERE.
Definitely not in the desert any more.
On to the rehearsal dinner:
Bride and groom on the right below:
We couldn't resist taking advantage of the beautiful light and doing some family pics.
Dave's parents with all nine kids:
The next day we walked to a big farmer's market in the morning. Say some cool sights on the way:
This was a really cool market. SO many vendors for as far as your eye could see.
That afternoon was the big wedding.
They got married under the most beautiful humongous oak tree on the farm where her grandfather was born.
See that house back behind them below?
The great parents:
Girls with in-laws included:
The reception was in a huge white tent looking out over the oak tree and this:
The part I liked best about the dance was that the DJ had the moms dance with their sons. I loved watching Dave's mom up there with her four boys.
To see Dave's Dad with those four girls of his, eyes brimming with tears of gratitude.
It was a tender moment.
Dave's parents, just one month shy of their fiftieth wedding anniversary, lasted the longest.
We are celebrating that this weekend...much more to come, but man alive, they are good people and am I ever glad they found each other fifty years ago.
One more big huge group hug/dance at the end, with the bridal couple starting, then the parents joining, then grandparents and siblings, etc.
It was a magical night. To see the real professional photographer pictures, click HERE. They are really awesome.
We ended off the trip by going to a place called "Lumpy's" for ice cream.
They even gave us each original Lumpy ice cream scoops.
Man I love North Carolina.
And boy oh boy to I ever feel lucky to be in this family. I couldn't resist talking Dave's ear off on the way home about how blessed I feel to get to be related to each of them.
Good luck and congrats, Rob and Kathryn! We love you!