Dear Princess Ellie,
Everything was beautiful. And your Uncle Ryan, the incredible artist that he is, weaved himself and his creativity throughout the wedding. It was truly a unique, one of a kind, original and hard to top wedding!
But he took the theme further with the cake (a piece of luggage), the wishing well card-holder (a miniature leather old-fashioned trunk), the individual table seating’s (luggage tags), and the gifts for the attendants (monogrammed travel bags). There wasn’t a detail he left out! So cool, especially as it was a destination wedding! Oh, I almost forgot to write that Uncle Ryan and Aunt Samantha gave you and Colin a special gift for being in their wedding too. You each got the book "The Giving Tree" by Shell Silverstein with a hand written personal message by the bride and groom. It is a gift you will hopefully treasure in years to come Ellie!
I liked how Ryan and Samantha (with the help of Joanne and Doug) planned out the whole weekend so that family and friends could spend the maximum amount of time together. Your Aunt Joanne's barbeque was a huge hit and really set a festive mood with all the guests! She is a wonderful hostess and does it with such ease!
Colin helped by giving her a little red shovel to dig with! Now Ellie I think you are going to be quite the beach girl as Poppy had you in the ocean and you wouldn’t leave his arms. You loved when he kept dipping you in the cool water!
We were pretty confident that you would be running down with Samantha during the actual ceremony, but on the day of the wedding you wouldn’t go down unless you were carried in your Mom’s arms. What do you think Kim? Our own little Ellie B.?????
If anything, you both made the procession pretty cute.
How cool that your Aunt Joanne thought of it! We tried to have them tame your hair Ellie but you didn’t have the patience. Thankfully they were able to clip a bit off your bangs so you could at least see!
My favorite though was the best man’s speech done by Uncle Ryan’s best friend Luke. He was funny, sincere, and even spiritual.
Ryan and Samantha are so blessed with great friends. Then, we partied! And you can tell when a wedding is truly spectacular- it’s when the dancing doesn’t end and everyone is up on their feet! You and Scarlett ended up at Aunt Joanne’s to unwind after dinner while the adults danced. And yes, both your Uncle Ryan’s and your Dad did their famous (and goofy) Apache dance.
Then, Joanne had a wine tasting in the afternoon in honor of Mary (Aunt Sammy's mom) and I, with a casual yet elegant dinner party following.
Ellie, you finally warmed up to everyone and everything. You ran around without a shirt on like a mad woman and giggled your way through the day!