Saturday was an amazing day and the wedding celebration of Maureen and Jonah was just perfect. It was so fun to see how happy Maureen and Jonah were.
My mom worked so hard to make sure everything would be just right and thankfully her hard work paid off and the event was a smashing success. She loved that even local weatherman Tom Skilling called for a “dazzling day!” He was right!
In the morning, the girls had their hair and makeup done.
Beautiful bouquets were delivered by the florist. Maureen’s bouquet had a handkerchief from our late grandmother wrapped around it.
Everyone was excited to see Maureen in her dress. She looked gorgeous!
The bridesmaids, having been instructed by the bride to wear any shoes we wanted, had a lot of variety in their footwear.
Unfortunately when maid of honor Sheila went to put on her brand new shoes, she discovered they were two different sizes, one was size 6 and one was size 8. Thankfully she had a backup pair!
We took a few pictures before it was time to leave for the ceremony.
The bridal party loaded into the shuttle to head to the church.
Maureen and my mom and dad rode in the limo.
Here’s the bride as she is about to walk down the aisle!
It was a beautiful ceremony.
I was happy to that all of my siblings were together for the first time in nearly a year.
After the ceremony, we had a little champagne toast to the happy couple as we rode the shuttle back to my mom and dad’s house. Danny tried to steal Uncle Kevin’s beer!
We took a few more pictures at the house before the reception started.
As we all lined up for the bridal party introductions, a frazzled group of guests rushed in, apologizing for their tardiness and explaining that they
had accidentally gone to the wrong house, which also happened to be hosting a wedding. When those guests learned that happy couple were lesbians who’d just celebrated their third ceremony now that it was finally legal, the guests politely excused themselves, consulted a map and showed up at my mom and dad’s house just in time to take their seats for dinner.
Every detail of the backyard wedding reception was perfect! The bride and groom had their own hashtag (#mojoeverafter), place cards in a bed of grass, a cute sign near the beer coozie party favors (“To have and to hold and to keep your beer cold”), two bars, beautiful tables and place settings and gorgeous flowers and candles decorating the yard and garden.
They even had bathrooms brought in to accommodate all the extra people.
Danny looked so cute in his tuxedo and had fun hanging out with his cousins and aunts and uncles.
The food was delicious.
There were funny and touching toasts.
The bride and groom cut the pie, which they choose to serve instead of cake.
There was so much dancing! First Maureen and Jonah danced, then Maureen and my dad danced, and then everyone danced! And danced and danced!
There were lots of laughs on the dance floor!
A few family members sang a couple crowd-pleasing songs with the band!
And no Collins family party would be complete without the firing of Uncle Tim’s cannon. Using a hockey stick to set it off, the bride and groom each took a turn.
What a great night we had!