Thursday, August 18, 2011


Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without. ~James C. Dobson

Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage. ~Finnish Proverb

A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year. ~Paul Sweeney

To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you're wrong, admit it;
Whenever you're right, shut up.
~Ogden Nash

Okay, enough quotes about marriage. No, I am not married, was once and for about 28 years; but he is one of my best friends still. We get along better now.

Quiet morning. Took pictures, went down to town to get a couple of history books on the Island for my brother. The wedding was set for 3:30 p.m.

Breakfast with the Kansas gang. Location of the wedding on the porch (see the giant chess set?), view from the porch, looking down The World's Longest Porch My room is on the 2nd floor just above the bottom post corner of the flag - has a little balcony. The two young fellows are from the Philippines.
This carriage (shown here on the shower curtain), is on a lot of items found around the Hotel.

Okay, it's almost time for the wedding ceremony.

Gotta stock up on tissue for the bride. Here come the moms.
Ahhhhh, here comes the beautiful bride.

Where are the
tissues, Dad?

Looks like Mom Sarah needs some tissues too.

I do, I do.

Kiss the Bride.

Mrs Courtney and Mr Adam.
I do want to say that we were a little bit concerned about the weather as it was overcast up until about 30 minutes before the wedding ceremony started. There were about 30 in attendance which made it a very nice intimate wedding.

Shortly afterwards the wedding dinner was held in a small dining area adjacent to the Main Dining Room. We were escorted into the dining room before the Hotel guests were allowed to come into the dining room. Not so when we left the dinner - right down the middle bride and groom and party walked. Even a spattering of applause was heard.

Here we are: myself on the left, bride's mom Sarah, and Sherry. We are known as The Hens. Bride Courtney is our Pullet. She and Adam reside in the Washington D.C. area so we don't get to see our young hen very often.

The traditional cake cutting.

It was such a special wedding in a very beautiful place on a gorgeous day. I am so thankful that my friend Sarah asked me if I wanted to go. I didn't hesitate saying yes. I have known Courtney for around 25 years so she was just a youngster starting school (or right around there) for the first time when I met her. What an outstanding young lady she has become. Adam, I recently met, can hold his own with Courtney and Sarah; and, he is easily adored, what with his wit and fast comebacks to Sarah and Courtney. He'll do good.

The evening was quiet for us. I packed for departure on Sunday. Our plans were to get home on Tuesday sometime as Sarah had a commitment at her school on Wednesday. I spent the evening walking around the Grand Hotel again, down on the grounds again, around the Parlor Floor again. Staying at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island was now crossed off my "Bucket List."

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