Tuesday, July 27, 2010

No More Pictures, Please!

We were very glad to get the chance to finally meet Jacob. We'd seen evidence of him before, but it was truly special getting to finally meet him in person. He's already a huge sports fan, and I had to suppress a laugh (okay, I didn't suppress it) when he started screaming about having to wear Steelers gear. It's okay Jacob... I'd scream too.

It was a joy to see Ashlee and Joel so happy with their new baby boy, and to see how accepted he was by their first kids, Maisie and Cal, who are constantly keeping watch over him.

The afternoon flew by, and all too soon we had to say farewell to our new little friend. I hope we'll see you again soon, Jacob! Welcome to the world!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Peaked? We're just getting started!

This past week, we sojourned to Kylene's ancestral home (Northeastern PA) for the wedding of Colleen and Mike. Both the ceremony and reception were at Penn's Peak, making for an easy commute! I can't imagine a more beautiful day for a wedding than what we saw for these two. I can't imagine a much hotter day for a wedding, either.

It was a wonderful ceremony on the veranda, surrounded by friends and family from (I think) 6 states and 4 countries! Clearly these two make friends wherever they go, and it was easy to see why – their love for each other is overflowing, and you can't help but get caught up in it.

Well, unless you're the flower girl.

Between the ceremony and reception, we followed the (huge) wedding party to Beltzville State Park for a chance to unwind and relax a bit before the party kicked into high gear. Fortunately, a park ranger was kind enough to stop by and make sure things didn't get too wild. (No, sir... that's not beer, it's flowers! Flowers I say!)

The rest of the night was spent sharing great food, dancing with the guests, and even some impromptu DJ work by Kenny, a friend of the couple, who really saved the day, and helped make it a night to remember for all. Congratulations, Colleen and Mike, and thank you so much for letting us share in all of it!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

O little town of Bethlehem...

...thank you for playing host to the wedding of Susie and Matt! The joy and love between these two was obvious, and apparently strong enough to push away the clouds and rain that plagued much of Pennsylvania last Saturday afternoon! It was a gorgeous day–warm and sunny, very much like the happy couple themselves. Look at that smile on Susie!

After the ceremony, we stopped at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, home of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, to give Matt and Susie a chance to stretch their legs and strut their stuff. The stadium itself (and Pigapalooza) was closed due to rain concerns, but all that meant to us was more available scenery with no crowds!

Following our turn at-bat, we rejoined the rest of the guests at the Grand Ballroom at Barn House Village in rural Bath, PA. It was a beautiful setting, with a gorgeous courtyard and gazebo (literally) built for perfect wedding photos! Back inside, the incredible DJs from Sonic Sound Productions kept the guests dancing all night long! (Editorial note: I don't normally take note of DJs, but these guys were exceptional. If you're in NE PA, I suggest checking them out.)

It was an enjoyable day with a beautiful couple. Thank you so much Susie and Matt, we wish you all the happiness in the world!