My last post left off with Samantha getting ready for the ceremony. Here, I pick up where Sam and Drew have their first look.
My brother Ben arrived in town just before this was about to take place and was given a video camera which he'd be in charge of for the day. Ben and I led Drew down towards the lake [where the ceremony initially would have been held if not for the high water] to wait for Sam.
Ben stayed with Drew, as I went to get Sam. Here are the moments that followed.
After their first look it was time to head to Memorial Park in Washburn, where the ceremony would take place. Sam's niece Capri, and Drew's niece Natalie were to proceed the couple down the aisle. Instead of flowers, however, they held little driftwood signs with "Here They Come" and "To Have and To Hold" written on them. For just meeting moments earlier, you will see they were fast friends.
The ceremony started with Sam's parents walking her across a bridge. From there, Sam met up with Drew as they walked down the aisle together.
A Bayfield county court commissioner officiated the ceremony. The couple read their own vows, exchanged rings, and united the sands gathered days earlier.
After everything was official, we took a few more pictures while the kids played on the playground before heading over to the restaurant for dinner.
Everyone headed over to Good Thyme for dinner. Before everyone sat down for the meal, there were some family photos taken outside.
Once inside there was lots of great conversations and a wonderful meal. The bride's brother gave a toast and her Grandma gave a sentimental gift.
The night ended with some gambling at the hotel. I am not sure how much others spent, but Katie, Andy, and I used the free $15 given to us [for staying at the resort] to see what we could win. I think I walked away with $9 and a little change while Katie and Andy hit it big time [as seen in their expressions below] and combined won less than a dollar.
The couple couldn't have asked for a better day. The weather was perfect and it was apparent everyone had a wonderful time celebrating the newly wed couple!