Today was AMAZING! Shannon walked down the aisle at 11:30am and since noon we’ve been partying our butts off!
It was so amazing watching my little sister, looking absolutely breath-taking, walk down to the shore where her husband-to-be waited, both with tears in their eyes. We walked down the aisle to Train’s song “Marry Me” and exited to Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend”. It was very emotional.
As part of the ceremony, each person in attendance said a prayer or projectedpositive energy into a river stone and then we all threw they in the water for the Bride and Groom. It’s an ancient Gaelic tradition, usually incorporated in wrist-binding ceremonies. (Hey, we ARE Irish.)
About half of our family from Long Island were able to make it down for the celebration and we are one family that knows just how to drink and party! We were dancin’ fools out there all day! I think I’ve burned more calories today than I have all year.
Shannon shared her first dance with her new husband to Reba McIntyre’s “I’ll Be There” and her Daddy Daughter dance was to Tim McGraw’s “My Little Girl”. (I’m not a fan of country music usually, but these songs both just made me bawl my eyes out!) I had to make a special request for The Four Season’s song “Who Loves You” so all three of us could dance with our Dad. He always says “Who loves you?” and he is, in deed, always there to make things right. (Now I’m crying…) He’s such an amazing man who has always done right by my Mom and his three girls. I can’t even begin to explain everything our Dad has done and continues to do for all of us. He is so loved.
One of my closest friends, Sean, bartended for the day and did a fabulous job. In fact, my family loves him now! I’m glad his wife and baby girl were willing to spare their Daddy for the afternoon AND Sean recently found out that he and his wife are expecting their second child! Wooo Hooo!!!! Congratulations Sean, Jessica and Little Lily! So happy for your growing family.
I could go on and on about just how wonderful today and this entire weekend has been, but a picture says a thousand words, so take a look for yourself at just how amazing it was. (PS: I made all the starfish hairclips you’ll see)
Congratulations Shannon and Artie. I love you both! Enjoy Mexico! Ole!