My Favorite Memories From My Daughter’s Wedding (May 28, 2011)
My happy father, road-trip ready, full of life and conversation on the long ride to Minneapolis. His continuous chatter, jokes and anecdotes made for a more enjoyable journey.
Toasting the bride and groom at Friday night’s ‘meet the parents’ dinner. Being introduced to Kent and DarLa Anderson, and getting good vibes from my daughters’ new in-laws!
Arriving at Loring Park for the ceremony and finding Tyrel’s dad all decked out in his suit, and armed with a leaf blower doing goose poop removal duty. Now that is going above and beyond!
Lauren, cool and collected by all outside appearances. But, knowing her heart was truly all aflutter.
Tyrel’s pacing pre-ceremony, waiting for his bride’s arrival. (She was a bit late, he was a bit worried).
My arm intertwined with Lauren’s, sharing her walk down the aisle with her dad. Knowing how much she will always want me to share these special moments with her.
Hearing the sincere emotion in Tyrel’s voice while he read his personal vows, and actually feeling him control his tears, while witnessing his love of my daughter. Knowing she will be cherished, appreciated and he will do everything in his power to keep them both happy.
The beautifully and brightly decorated cake! Baked with love by Tyrel’s mom and presented so gorgeously. And, of course the cutting of, where the happy couple got out of control and spontaneously gave us all a giggle.
Breakfast the morning of the big day at Keys Restaurant with Dave, Diana, Vernon and Dad, enjoying freshly baked whole wheat bread served with homemade jams.
Surprised by my sense of calm while I read the poem ‘To Love’ during the wedding ceremony. Proud that they asked me to do so.
My very well behaved grandsons! Dylan and Devin looked super sweet in the bright colored polo shirts and khaki’s. The had a great time at the reception too.
Each and every guest getting out of their chairs to dance with Lauren and Tyrel during their unique 1st dance – ‘Home is Everywhere We Are’.
Dancing with my dad to Johnny Cash, to help get the party started.
Watching the amazing video that Heather put together to surprise Lauren and Tyrel, and seeing their happy, emotional reaction.
Walking the city scape and exploring Minneapolis. Seeing first hand where Lauren and Tyrel live and knowing they are in a great place together.