Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tyler and Kamellia tie the knot! - We eat Kamellia's homemade pizza for dinner

No sooner did Scott and I come home from a walk with friends - Helen, Elissa, and Jonathan - at Mondauk Common in Maple Glen, PA, than I answer the phone.

It was a life-changing message.

Today my nephew Tyler and his fiancee Kamellia will get married.

It was decided the night before when they visited their married cousins Jade and Matt who live at Honey Hollows conservation center in Solebury, PA.

Here's the website. 

AND the site of the wedding looked like the below-described.... 

By 1941 terraces and diversion ditches were built to control runoff on steep slopes and hedges were planted to control erosion. Their successful experiments in contour plowing and other soil and water conservation techniques served as examples for farmers around the country. This was the first agricultural area in a small watershed to show the benefits of soil, water, and wildlife conservation.

Jade is sent to test water quality. Ever since she was in high school she knew she wanted to work to help our environment.

She and Matt live on a vast acreage which even includes

Four lovely ladies. Only one is old enough to lay eggs - one a day - while the others are learning from Big Sister. Wonder if Big Sister takes Midol?

There were about 40 guests. Mark, a HS friend of Tyler, was the photographer.

Dan and Laura traveled in from Hatboro. They have four children who all stayed home. There simply wasn't time enough to get ready.
Laura's dress was sitting in the closet, never worn. So it made its debut this afternoon, September 28, the date of the Roche's wedding anniversary.

 Elaine and Malcolm Crooks own a lovely old home - c. 1750 - on the property. Two of Nikki's childhood friends - Sue Cornell (daughter of the late Hatboro, PA politician Roy Cornell) and Laura who's battling cancer.

"I never go out of the house w/o my hat," she said. No hair beneath. She has a tattoo on her back that reads BELIEVE.
The Crooks' rescued dog Maggie. She has only one eye. She was found in very bad shape in Ohio. She doesn't drink water out of a bowl. We surmised a cat had taken her eye. She drinks water out of the pond far out in the back yard or puddles of water.

What a story Maggie has to tell.

 Patrick served as the ring bearer.
 Sue Cornell and g'daughter Amber with translucent blue eyes. She loved the dog Maggie and was busy feeding her dead leaves.
 Here's Malcolm who is a year younger than Mom. He retired 7 years ago from working at the huge Christmas Tree Farm on the property.  It's called Tuckamony Farm.  

Grandson Lars Crooks runs it now. 'We give you a saw and you cut down your tree.'

Malcolm and Elaine Crooks. She's a graphics designer. Like we do, she has a hummingbird feeder. Her birds arrive early in the season, ours arrive late.

She told us we're putting too much sugar in the feeder and that's why it's currently buzzing with yellow jackets, egads.

 Quinn's big brother Tyler got married today.
 Spread of appetizers before the ceremony. Thousands of gnats flew in our faces.
 Tyler prepares to put music out. You mean, I said, you like classical? He put on some Handel. The wedding march they chose was the famous Canon on D by Pachelbel.
Warren Greene, my ex-brother/law. He said he was very saddened by the death of Robin Williams. Warren wants to return to Venice CA where he'd been living a couple of years. It's nice, tho, to see his children Jade and Miles.

 Hadn't seen Neil O'Keefe in a couple of years. His twin daughters are doing well. Brittany and Amanda. Brittany is a paralegal and Amanda is in finance. He is also a grandfather.

Lynn is a hostess at the once-famous Mother's restaurant in New Hope.
Mom wore a lacey outfit. Neighbors lent us a golf cart in which we transported Mom. Patrick and Quinn kept asking Scott to let him drive the golf cart.

Media frenzy as the bridal couple descend the grassy slope.

You should have seen the glowing look Kamillia gave her soon-to-be-husband.

 Under the spreading beech tree, they took their vows. "By the power invested in me on the Internet," said Jade.
 You may kiss the bride.
 Geneology:  Mom begat Lynn, Lynn beget Jade.
Side door of Jade and Matt's new home. They can live here as long as Jade works for the preserve.

 Patrick relaxing in golf cart. He enjoyed drinking a Sprite. His soccer team lost 1-0 today, while bro Quinn's team won.
Wedding cake from the Giant in Bucks County. How come I can smell the icing from here?

 We're in the very small kitchen. Neal and Donna.
 Steve and Beer and Quinn watch the Eagles' game.
 Old wooden stairs in this old house lead upstairs to the bedrooms.

 Dusty old painting or poster promoting sales of holly trees. Colonial man is directing a black man on how to plant it. Question: was the African-American a slave?
A balloon sailed over the preserve. Half hour later a biplane buzzed overhead.

 For dinner, we had homemade pizza. Kamillia made it. She got the recipe from her mom, whom she talks to every day in Ukraine. It was quite good.
 Mark has amazing tattoos of spiderman on his right arm.
Kamellia is also an Illustrated Woman.

 Dessert. I had two spoonfulls of a chocolate - what? - a very chocolate sponge cake from Nonna's in Hatboro.  Up up up went my blood sugar.
Christmas Tree Farm while driving out.
Leftover photo of Scott petting Maggie and Amber looking on.

1 comment:

  1. Very moving photos of Laura, who is now on her deathbed. Ovarian cancer. Cruel cruel fate!