haas reception

In previous posts, I talked about Samantha and Drew's wedding up north. They had a little ceremony with close family and friends. The couple still wanted to celebrate with everyone else, so a few weeks later they held a reception at the farm where Sam grew up.

It had been years since the pole shed had been thoroughly cleaned out, however, the last time it had been was when the cement floor was poured. The machines and tools needed to be taken out and the outside needed to be re-painted. While they were sprucing it up , Sam's dad decided to add the concrete path. 

As far as decorations for the party, Sam picked out a bunch of photos I had taken at the wedding and we made blue print copies of them. The prints were hung on the walls and they made great art as well as gave everyone a little glimpse into their wedding day. 

There were also a lot, I mean A LOT of lights that Katie and I strung. I wish I could remember the total amount, but alas, just believe me it was a lot. The end result was fantastic though, as you will see in some pictures later in this post. 

There were some other details such as the tissue paper ball chandelier, a wall of older pictures of the couple, and beautiful flowers that Sam's mom grew on all the tables. 

Sam had a great idea for a guest book. She had the plan in mind, told her aunt about it who luckily found the perfect book to complete Sam's goal. The book was a children's dictionary and each guest could pick a word and write a little sentiment next to it. I heard many people who were having fun looking through the book to find just the right word. 

As people arrived to the reception, some ate while others played games outdoors. The kids ran all around the farm and I followed them for a bit [to take pictures, but also to make sure they weren't getting into trouble].

As dusk settled in, everyone gathered outside with their sparklers and matches. After the sparklers were lit, Sam and Drew walked arm in arm past the revelers.

From there, everyone headed back into the shed and the couple shared their first dance. Following, was the father / daughter and mother / son dance. 

There was a bit more dancing by others after the family dances, but slowly people started to leave and the rest headed towards the bonfire to relax and talk until the early hours of the morning. 

sam + drew get married, part 5

On our last day in Bayfield a few of us woke early to head to Houghton Falls for a hike. 

In the lobby we said good-bye to Grandma since she was headed straight home. Her great-granddaughter Capri played some tunes for her before they said their good-byes. 

On our way to the Falls, we made one last trip past some roadside junk. I made Andy pull over so I could get a picture. My one picture doesn't even come close to showing how much stuff was there or for how far the pile went on down the road. Wow. If you are looking for something, chances are it is in that pile though! 

The hike we went on led all the way to Lake Superior. I'm glad I didn't pass this up. 

When we returned to the entrance of the trail, we said good-bye to Sam and her friend Jamie and continued on our way to the cabin in St. Germain, where we had started our trip just days before. 

Unfortunately it was raining when we arrived, so we were stuck indoors for a while. That was OK with me though. We had a puzzle to put together!

Every time Katie and I go to the cottage, it's our goal to put together the WI puzzle. After many years, it's looking a little sad and missing a piece, but we still NEED to put it together. We even time ourselves now, since it's fun to have a goal. I don't have our latest time [although it's written down up north] but we did pretty well. We probably could have done better if Andy didn't complain so much. [Side note, he might be banned from helping next time, he didn't take puzzle putting together seriously.] 

At one point during the on and off rain, we noticed a deer outside. She had with her THREE little ones. I snuck outside to try and get a few pictures. It's hard to see them all below, but it was quite a great sight. 

The rest of the afternoon was filled with some time down at the dock, Katie and Andy going for a bike ride, and go-karts. We took a trip to the grocery store to pick up food for supper, and made a stop at Elmer's Fun Park. Katie wanted to say hi to some old friends and long story short, I was forced to go-kart, mainly because it wouldn't have been safe for Katie's brewing baby, so I had to go against Andy. Of course I got the SLOW cart and he passed me. Go figure.

As daylight was coming to an end, we cooked our brats over the campfire and made s'mores. When it was completely dark out, Katie entertained us with her fireworks show. There was one dud in the bunch and one which tried to attack us spectators on the deck of the house. It was a close call! But, we still have our hearing and all our limbs, so it was a successful end to our trip.