(part one is here)
... and then it was time to move inside for dinner.
It was held in an 18th century barn just steps from the grounds and pond.
and I was so pleased with how it all looked. They did such an elegant job.
It was so relaxing to sit and all be served. Of course like all families, when we are all together we are all working hard to get the meal on the table and make everything 'just so.' It almost felt weird for all of us to be together without any work.
Love Abigail with the big water glass.
They went above and beyond making the kids feel incuded in the special details.
Dinner lingered as any wonderful meal should. We enjoyed Ravioli with Italian Sausage, Brown butter and caramel stripe as a first course, followed by Braised Short Ribs on Risotto. Oh so good.
And then my parents told 'their story'. And we all sat back and listened.
I adore this photo of my neice listening to her grandparents.
There was dancing.
and a bit of exploring in a very old wine cellar.
We took more photos outside in the beautiful evening.
while all dressed up they went on the canoe.
Everyone starts getting tired when the sun goes down
It really was such a beautiful evening and I felt so proud to be their daughter. I felt happy to be celebrating 50 years married and our family.
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are," ee Cummings
So when the barn looked like this we packed up our things and said good bye to one very fairy tale evening. One that we'll hold in our hearts forever.
Time is such a funny thing; one minute it's forever, the next, it's gone
... and they lived happily every after.