I set off for Williamsburg, VA on Friday, October 12th. I took the route where I would take the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry. The ferry crosses from Surry County to Jamestown. The approximately 30 minute ride crosses the James River and is always a nice respite is the almost 3 hour trip.
I headed straight to Knitting Sisters to deliver their soap order - Ewe Love Lavender, Loop-de-Lemon, Knit 'n Bloom, Mitered Mint, and a new fragrance for them - Orange Ewe Knitting? They seemed tickled.
Sally, my friend from Maine, met me there. She and her husband, John, had traveled down for the wedding. While there, my Mom and Dad arrived. I fell in love with a skein of Helen's Lace in the Glenwood color. Just beautiful!!! The sun and shadow in this photo don't do the yarn color justice. It's a mix of yellow, orange, and green. I also purchased a fun orange knitting bag. One can't have too many bags!
The gals at Knitting Sisters wound my skein into a ball for me while I ran down the way to Taste - A Tea Salon. There, I enjoyed choosing a few things to send to my Knitters Tea Swap 4 partner. Samantha is my Knitters Tea Swap partner and she lives in the UK. You can visit her blog here. She and I have exchanged a few emails and as usual, I can't wait to send off my package!!!! I hope she likes everything!
Next, on Friday, I ran by the florist to pay the bill and double-check any last minute details. I arranged for the florist to decorate the tables at Food For Thought in a very Fallish theme. There was a flower arrangement on the head table that contained sunflowers, berries, carnations, tulips, cat-tails, fall leaves, etc. I didn't want anything very structured. They also placed votive candles and vines down the middle of both side tables with little ornamental pumpkins and gourds. The invitations I sent also had a Fall theme with a border of autumn leaves, berries, and acorns.
Mom wanted us to have the origami cranes for favors and we convinced Brian to fold enough for us. This was perfect for two reasons. 1) The crane mates for life and is a symbol of fidelity and life-long love. I've also heard the crane brings good luck and prosperity to a home. 2) When the boys first came from South Korea in 1988, they folded cranes. In fact, they used to compete to see who could fold the smallest one. I have one no bigger than the tip of my pinkie finger in a tiny folded paper box. I'll have to take a picture of that for you. So, fold cranes he did! There was plenty for each person attending the rehearsal dinner to take one home. Mom and Dad had threaded each crane so that they could be used to hang on a Christmas tree, rearview mirror, etc. In the bags at the rear of the picture - Life Is Good T-shirts I gave to Brian and Eryn. They say - "Just Married" and picture a jeep decorated with cans with a bridal veil flapping out of the passenger side and the groom's hand/arm sticking out of the driver's side. Very cute! (Follow the link and scroll down to see the shirt.)
The whole evening was very emotional. The wedding rehearsal was held in the Wren Chapel on the campus of The College of William & Mary. The minister kept the rehearsal very light. He looked so young - couldn't have been older than 30 - if that old. He was wonderful!!! This picture is of Brian (left) and Taylor waiting for the rehearsal to start.
The dinner was delicious. Everyone had salad and then had their choice of entree (prime rib, salmon stuffed with crabmeat, lime cilantro chicken, or portobello stack), and dessert (gourmet bread pudding or chocolate torte). The toasts were a bit emotional. Brian and Eryn presented gifts to those participating in the ceremony. They also presented gifts to the parents - Eryn to her parents and Brian to Andy and me. When Brian was presenting their gift to me and saying his bit about/to me, he cried and you all know I was worthless after that! The two of them had picked out a pottery birdhouse for me. The whole evening reminded me to stop by CVS on the way back to the hotel for a pocket pack of tissues!
Over the years, it's always been very emotional thinking of the first picture we ever received of the boys from orphanage in Seoul --- standing straight as an arrow (because you know someone had just told them to) with their arms straight down by their sides and an identifying number across his chest. Thinking of Brian in that picture and then of so many of his life's accomplishments - an Eagle Scout, a high school graduate, a college graduate, and now a groom and a new husband. WOW! TEARS and more TEARS! So hard to believe the years have just flown by. And what a great job he has done with them. Way to go, Brian!
Jessica, the scripture reader for the wedding ceremony, brought a wonderful gift to the rehearsal dinner. AND, it was for ME! A bottle of wine and THREE SKEINS OF ALPACA YARN!!!!!! Her family owns/operates Crab Creek Farm in Christiansburg, VA and have alpaca. Their yarn can be purchased at The Yarn Lounge in Richmond, VA. These particular skeins were from Dewey!
Well, enough for now. Stay tuned for wedding pictures!!