One of the great parts of planning a wedding is the whole celebratory process. Because both the bride's and groom's families are spread out geographically, we have tried to be thoughtful in planning parties. We know that many people won't be able to attend the wedding or some of the attendant parties. But we are so grateful that most people will be with us at some point or another!
This past weekend we threw Devyn and Greg an engagement party, and we were blessed to have with us many of Greg's family members from Maine. They only live in Florida during the winter, so most of them won't attend the wedding.
This was a highly anticipated party! We spent a few weeks getting the house ready, planning center pieces and decorations. We had decided to use the same caterers who are handling the wedding, and so in a way this was a test party! They certainly passed with flying colors.
My sister was able to join us for the weekend, and we were so happy to have her be part of the celebration, too!
I think my favorite part of the evening was the glow of happiness around both Devyn and Greg. As a mom, it is wonderful to experience your child's contentment and to feel the rightness of this decision.
A high point of the party was a special gift presentation. Devyn has one grandparent living, my father in law. He and his wife wanted to send a very meaningful present to Dev and Greg. They couldn't be with us, so they Skyped in as we uncovered the beautiful antique rocking chair. This chair belonged to Sarah Peacock Kandle, Devyn's great-great grandmother. What a wonderful legacy.
Hard to believe that in just a few days more than six months, we'll be celebrating the big day. Meanwhile, we're enjoying all the happy times along the way.