We had an Up Nort Wedding to get to!
We giggled and dreamed and marveled and planned as we drove along in our motorhome... soon it will be OUR only home! We will be FULL-TIMERS! WOWZER!!! We have been planning this for 15 years, and now it's all come about! Steve can't retire just yet, but we are going to enjoy having the home sold, and being able to free up our budget for more travel as soon as he retires at age 55. We can't realistically keep the house and travel at the same time. We will be moving the rig to park it near a friend's cottage on the bay, close to Steve's work till he can retire the first week of May 2013. But we may sneak off to parts south for a number of weeks to burn up some vacation and escape the worst of the winter temps too.
Back to the weekend..... About 120 miles away, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, our friends Joann and Mark had a daughter getting married. Their kids and our kids are very close, and consider themselves cousins. They all call me Auntie Karen and we spent many years camping together during the summers. Sleepover visits for weeks at a time at each others homes. They are our Up Nort Family!
We drove up to the Iron County Fairgrounds in Iron River, Michigan and set up the rig in it's appointed space near the side doors. They had rented the fairgrounds rotunda, a lovely building from 1931--- what a great place for a wedding!
Once we were set up, we unhooked the Tracker and zoomed out to Sunset Lake before it got too dark. My parents were up for the summer, from where they winter in Florida. They parked their RV out on some land that my sister and brotherinlaw own. We had a nice visit, as we have not seen them since last summer!
It sure what a whirlwind of a day! By 10 pm we fell into bed exhausted, and still laughing and giggling about our own future coming to fruition, now with the house under contract.
Saturday morning, we met up with my siblings and parents at the Knotty Pine Cafe in Gaastra, MI for a family breakfast. It was so good to see everyone again! The waitress snapped this shot for us.
The wedding took place on Saturday afternoon in the outdoor pavilion area to the side of the rotunda... the little kids stole the show of course! Family members bribed them with treats to make it all the way down the aisle! LOL
During the vows, Cheryl managed to drop the grooms ring!
So flustered, she ended up putting it on Bill's right hand instead of the left!
Oh well, at least they are MARRIED!
"And you may kiss the bride"
At weddings that take place up north, it's somewhat traditional to have all the aunts, neighbors and friends who like to cook to bring the food! There are not any caterers or banquet halls in this small Upper Michigan town, so homemade food is the buffet fare! (it always tastes better anyhow!) Any woman worth her salt owns a nesco roaster and helps out at a wedding! --- some men too!
Their cake was ADORABLE!!! It was made by Cheryl's best friend Amanda. The whole cake was a variety of different flavored cupcakes!!! And if you look close at the topper, you will see it fits the bride and groom's personality perfectly! They are both hunters, so the bride Cheryl stomping along with a shotgun under her arm, dragging along poor Bill by his collar is just the perfect wedding cake topper!
I snuck upstairs to get a shot of the rotunda from the level above...
The bride and groom go through the buffet line first, and then the rest of the head table, followed by the rest of the guests. (note the lineup of nesco roasters and tangle of power cords!)
Oh my... I heard a screech and a call for "Auntie Karen! Auntie Karen!" ... and the bride frantically needed a quick stitch job on her bustle! She knew I would have needle and thread in my motorhome! From many years of sewing on her buttons, fixing a pair of jeans, or patching up a camping sleeping bag for Cheryl made her think of me FIRST to fix her wedding dress... awwwwww I was so honored!
The cake topper was cut, they fed each other, and the dessert was served.
(see the missing cupcakes on the back side? kids were snitching them before the cake was cut)
Three of our grandkids were along for the party!
Chelsea and Jameson LOVED the cupcakes. I think they had a few each.
But they waited for the right time to get them, AFTER the bride and groom cut the cake topper.
Clayton was watching from his stroller, only 2 months old--- no cupcakes for him!
The lights were dimmed.
The music began.
The fairgrounds rotunda was transformed into a ball room
for the fairy tale Princess who found her Prince Charming.
They danced the night away.....