Steve and I were talking over the last few days about how many times we've been to Florida since we started going when Ashley was about a year old. Steve's brother Mike moved down there around that time and since then we've gone an average of about two times a year...sometimes more, sometimes less. So I think overall we've gone down between 20-25 times. Anyway...in all the years we've been going to Florida, I have never seen worse weather than we had on Saturday. It POURED rain all day long and was so windy you wouldn't believe it. Here is a picture Laura took out the window of our car.
Steve's cousin has a daughter named Jessica and she was got married on Saturday in Delray Beach which is the cutest little ocean front town with lots of cute shops and restaurants. We were hoping to be able to spend the day hanging out by the beach or at least browsing the shops and walking around town. But there was no way we could have done that. So we ended up having Steve drop us off right in front of a restaurant called Boston's and we all ran in as fast as we could in gale force winds to meet up with his parents and aunt and uncle for lunch. Once we got in there, we had a really nice time visiting with them.
Here are Laura and Lindy with Steve's mom and dad.
This is Steve's Aunt Claudia (his mom's sister) and Uncle Robert. Don't Steve's mom and her sister look so much alike?? I have always thought that!
After lunch there wasn't really anything we could do but go back to West Palm Beach and stay inside until time for the wedding. So...it was a very relaxing day! haha
Jessica's wedding was so beautiful. Her fiance, Evan, is Jewish and I had never been to a Jewish/Christian wedding before. There are lots of special and interesting traditions that they incorporated into the wedding. For example, the groom was walked down the aisle by both his parents. Then the wedding took place under a chupa, which is a canopy that is open on all four sides to symbolize the bride and groom creating a home together that will always be open to guests. This tradition originates from the wedding of Abraham and Sarah in the Bible. They had a rabbi and a pastor officiate, and at the end of the ceremony, Evan stomped on a glass and broke it to commemorate the destruction of the second temple in Jerusalem.
The wedding was at the Marriot hotel in Delray. It was gorgeous inside and the reception was very elaborate. Here are Laura and Lindy in the lobby before the wedding.
There was so much food. We started with tons of appetizers including huge shrimp, a pasta bar, lamb shank, etc. Then we had a sit down dinner of filet minon and lobster tail. This is what the tables looked like...
There was tons of dancing. I had never seen the traditional Jewish dance called the horah. That is where everyone circles around the bride and groom and they lift them up on chairs while everyone is dancing around them. That was really fun!
We took so many pictures. Here are a few...
Lindy dancing with Grandaddy...
Here is Jessica with both her sweet grandparents. The man in this picture is Steve's uncle.
Jessica with Mike...
We didn't get home until almost 2:00 am. We tried to get as much sleep as we could before we had to get up bright and early this morning and drive all day back to Charlotte. It was a long day, but we did get to stop in Columbia and take Mark and Ashley out to dinner.
We are home now all snug in our beds and about to start a new week. Wow...that trip to Florida went by so fast! Despite the weather, we had a great time. Hope everyone has a good week!