We arrived at Lake Arrowhead, Friday morning with a car full of chafing dishes, a huge salad bowl two large pans of "cheesy potatoes", and our clothes for the rehearsal and wedding. The weather was a perfect 81 degrees with a bright blue sky and sunshine.
The church, Our Lady of the Lake, was a gorgeous spot for the ceremony. It felt like we were outside in the pine trees.
We all "practiced" our parts for the wedding. My "Grand-Godkids", Cadi and Chiera were two of the five flowergirls. Cadi went confidently down the isle with her little sister, blankie in tow, following. The five little girls were all excited and well-behaved.
Both Sarah's family and Casey's family had rented large houses on the lake to accommodate the large wedding party and family members. I helped Connie with setting up food for the rehearsal dinner (BBQ tri-tip, Caesar salad, Cheesy potatoes, beans, and rolls).
Brad was useful in the kitchen as well.
Both my Godsons, Corey and Casey, have given me many years of joy as they have grown up to be the strong, kind, respectful men they now are. I couldn't love them any more if they were my own sons. They also picked wonderful "Goddaughters-in-law for me to love. Chaudra, and Sarah are lots of fun to be around. Thank you to my "sister", Connie, for having shared all important family moments throughout the years.
After dinner, many, many beautifully wrapped gifts were passed out by Sarah and Casey. (Mine is still on it's way from...ITALY! Details later...)
Everyone got teary when Casey told his big brother what he means to him.
Here, Sarah gives a bridesmaid gift to her new sister-in-law, Chaudra. (terry totes full of spa products)
After the dinner and festivities, we returned to the Lake Arrowhead Resort, where we were staying, and where the wedding reception would be held.
A carload of my sorority sisters had arrived, and we met them in the bar for some catching up. The next morning, we had breakfast in Lake Arrowhead village, and even had time for a little shopping. We are the "YAYA Aunts" for everyone's kids, and never miss an important family event.
Soon it was time to get ready for the 1 PM wedding! More tomorrow!