Saturday, July 3rd, was my father’s 82nd birthday. In order to insure his availability for her wedding, my niece Alexandra, scheduled the festivities to coordinate with his annual trek to Chicago from Florida to celebrate his birthday. To make the double event even more fun, my sister Christine and her husband Tom, agreed to have the wedding reception at their not- very-big house. Thankfully the weather cooperated which made the outdoor event a success. We all held our collective breath, hoping that some freakish storm like those we have had recently, would not drive all 120 people into my sister’s house.
The day started with a lovely ceremony at the home church of Danny, the groom in this story. Our Lady of the Woods Catholic Church is 26 yrs. old and one of the most beautifully constructed churches I have ever seen. In keeping with my niece’s unconventional style, we left the bridal party to their photo session, dispensing with the traditional rice or bird seed or bubbles, and the guests proceeded to my sister’s backyard complete with two tents, tables, chairs, and a large above-ground pool. There was also a baby pool for all of Richard Moran’s great-grandchildren who had made the trip with their families from Iowa and Rockford, Illinois.
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