I joked with the newlyweds over the holidays, “I’m done” I say.
“No more wedding blogs!”
Also me, “nah, just one more…”
It really was the best day of 2018, maybe even the best day of my life.
Maybe? Yes, it was.
But enough already, right?
This is it, I swear, final thoughts and revelations from this epic celebration of all that is love.
In the last blog, I gave you Allison’s blessing. Hayden’s deserves equal time.
Because, look at them.
Lindsay’s bookends. They know her intimately.
And just what did her little brother have to say?
“Lindsay and Natalie I see you both as tenacious warriors for love. Lindsay, as your brother I have felt the power of your love my entire life. From collecting bugs on McCollum street to late night conversations on beaches, rooftops and front porches all over California. Your ability to listen, support and provide guiding consolation is unmatched and a special blessing for anyone you come in contact with. Natalie, as I have gotten to know you it quickly became clear that Lindsay had met an amazing person. Your kindness, intelligence and love of life is apparent in even the shortest conversation. You both speak and act from a place of love. You represent and advocate for all the beauty love can bring.”
He went on…
“I hope that you will continue to do the things you have always done so well. Stretch towards goodness, bigness and kindness, learn about yourselves and share that with each other. Continue on as the warriors for love that you so naturally are. I love you both and thank you for letting me be a part of this beautiful ceremony and spectacular day.”
He made the meadow glow…
Oh this day!
There in front of me, were all three of my children, declaring love as the most powerful and important thing. These fully formed humans know the secret. It’s all about love and beaches!!
I have succeeded!!
It remains in me today, a glorious feeling of accomplishment.
To know they know, it’s everything.
We are a family of hand-holding, beach forward love warriors!!
Merriment ensued, and the celebration in the barn lasted till the wee hours…
But then, Sunday Funday, clean up the ranch day.
We were all a little worn out, drained from all the festivities, but still connecting, and so much clean up to handle.
Wild Brother Bill from Jackson Hole, loved riding at the top of the truck, bossing out directions, dodging fairy garland.
Goddess bless our friends that came to lend a hand. Goddess, bless them!
I don’t have any pictures, but once the barn was clear, Jillian and Liz guided everyone through a series of yoga poses, with a long savasana, like a cherry on top.
Everywhere you looked, there was a Jennie. I like that.
My Johnny and I didn’t fight once. (I can be bossy, ya know?)
Everyone showed up with an amazing “get ‘er done” attitude.
There was plenty to do, and we did it.
The excitement of the day?
Allison doing her first front flip into Veronica Lake!
IT WAS EPIC!!
Everyone was in love. It consumed us. We were welcomed into a new family, that came with twenty other families, we were now Hog Farmers.
Could it be true? This was now a part of us?
So we went for Thanksgiving to be sure, and fell in love all over again.
Just last week Evan and Irene were in town visiting family. They dropped in for an afternoon tea. Family confirmed.
It’s a wrap!
What a magical event, the blending of two + twenty families.
Thank you newlyweds for having this three-day wedding celebration.
It was the most wonderful experience.