We left the Mall of America and headed out to a small town outside
the city of Minneapolis.
The town of Excelsior is home to The Lady of the Lake. She traverses the waters of Lake Minnetonka offering marvelous views of this romantic lake. This is where John and Linda had chosen to get married. Our small group gathered in the port on this beautiful day and waited for the captain to welcome us aboard.
When the time came, we were guided to the top deck for the ceremony.
The judge welcomed us and began.
As he spoke "Friends and family, we are gathered here today to join John and Linda as man and wife" the wind picked up and just then, as if on cue, there was a loud crack of thunder.
Linda gave the signal to get it started so we could progress to the reception downstairs before the rain started. But, it was too late. The rain came down hard. And Linda gave the signal for everyone to gather in the bar area on the deck below.
Moments later down below, the judge began again.
It was a very nice service, written by the happy couple themselves.
The judge spoke loudly to be heard over the rain.
A little while later, we moved to the lower deck for a nice meal and conversation.
Here are the 'family jewels' on display with the matching wedding cake.
The lower level was enclosed and afforded us refuge from the storm outside the windows.
At one point, we headed back to port, just to be on the safe side.
We were able to take in the sights and enjoy the ride.
Eddy got to catch up with his Aunts and cousins too.
The rain and fog gave us incredible sights to see while we cruised around the lake.
|Dinning room interior|
|Small romantic island|
|Fog rising off the water|
What's that saying about a wedding blessed by rain?
One thing I know for sure, is these two make a great couple. I am so glad that we made the effort to travel so far to be a part of their special day. And even though we did stop and pay our respects at the cemetery where Ed's mother is laid to rest, we now have something else to remember May 19th for other than a death.
It is a day that we will never forget. A day that our friends/cousin became a married couple. I know they will have many happy years together.
And to John and Linda, Thanks for inviting us to be a part of it all. I can't think of a better way to have spent that day. And despite the weather, it was perfect.