I managed to get sick right about the time my availability to help would have been most ideal. This was incredibly frustrating, and I blame it all on unfamiliar foods and germs in this "new" country. I think I am finally doing better - woohooo!
Jonathan's bride, Allison, had an incredible vision for this celebration and although I've been a part of several great weddings I have never seen a bride work so hard or tirelessly to get things done. She hated to obligate anyone's help but graciously received it when it was offered.
All told it was one of the most laid back weddings I've been a part of, though the most detailed thus far on the Carroll side. However, the uniqueness of the previous two situations (ours included) cannot be fairly compared.
Large windows floated on each side of a fireplace in their "outdoor ballroom" where the ceremony took place; Victorian furniture designated lounge and recreation areas for the reception. Diverse catered foods and homemade goodies with drinks of every kind were available for the 3-ish hour reception that no one was anxious to leave. Croquet, ladder golf, board games, etc. all provided a fun afternoon of celebration and play.
We had a great week in Abilene and were thankful for time with friends and family. Below is a slideshow of wedding week, from preparation to party time!