That was one of the reasons why it was so important to us that we had more of a weekend event where so many people were able to stay in one place. That way people got to know each other at the welcome dinner and bonfire and felt like they were catching up with friends when they ran into each other at breakfast and lunch on Saturday. By the time the actual wedding came, new friendships had formed, prior friendships had deepened, and we felt the love and support of our entire community.
My grandmother had had some health scares and we weren't sure if she was going to be able to make the cross-country trip to Washington for our wedding. She, however, was determined that she wouldn't miss it, and sure enough, she made it. The staff at IslandWood were absolutely amazing the whole weekend, making sure that my grandmother was comfortable and that the golf cart was available any time she needed it to get around the property. Because of that, my grandmother had a wonderful time getting to know my husband and his family and friends, catching up with her own family, and I have the memories of seeing her happily toasting with my parents during our reception.
The best part was that she was as involved with all of the activities that we had planned for the weekend as anyone. She hosted my bridesmaid luncheon with my aunts.
She made a fishprint for our quilt (which I just realized I haven't talked about yet, but I will!).
She was at the bonfire laughing as Mr. EB and I were toasted (and slightly roasted). She had long discussions with Mr. EB's best man, probably talking philosophy and life in the Peace Corps.
She enjoyed the reception as much as anyone, and was up bright and early the next morning for brunch at my parents house.
Unfortunately, a few weeks ago it became clear that my grandmother's health was failing again and it was unlikely she would bounce back this time. She passed away last Friday, surrounded by all of her children and loved by so many.
Grandma and her six children
Nearly all of my grandmother's 12 grandchildren and their spouses
She was a wonderful woman and as we all gather this week to celebrate her life, I am reminded again just how grateful I am for the memories of her smiling and hugging me, so happy that I had found Mr. EB and so excited about all that was to come for us.
*Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Persimmon Images.