1000 Islands and teal-on-teal

Ever wonder where Thousand Island salad dressing came from?

Yup, here in the 1000 Islands.  I didn’t know that before I read it in one of the travel magazines I found this weekend.  Guess people from here take it for granted that outsiders don’t know that…

Andrew and I rode up with two of his friends from work on Friday for a wedding.  It’s about a 5-hour drive (6 with a stop for a sit-down dinner), so we got in a bit late.  There was a bonfire out back and some socializing before I headed back to the room (the cigar smoke was making me nauseated) to do my nails before bed.  I cannot even tell you how in need of a manicure I was; I thought I might need a jackhammer after this month of house-projecting and painting!

After brunch the next morning, we all suited-up and headed to the ferry that would bring us to Heart Island and Boldt Castle.


The island and castle have a really rich history and it’s kinda tragic–basically a millionaire was building this beautiful castle for his wife and then she died (sad), and so he abandoned it.  It’s been like that ever since until recently when the state started restoring it to what it would have been.  It’s a tourist attraction, and (apparently) a beautiful place to get married.

We were blessed (truly–there has been rain all over the forecast this week!) with sun for the ceremony despite some cooler temps.  I wore my beautiful trench coat the whole time!


But, between the ceremony and the reception we were able to head back to the room, which gave me a chance to lighten the load and switch jackets for the short walk to the reception…

I match!


I got a TON of sleep Saturday night (probably too much) and I feel rested for the week ahead…  At least I say that now.  I’m off to swimming and then a busy day of school, grocery shopping and a Target run!

carolyn’s wedding

I know, you’ve all been waiting for the pictures…and here they are 🙂

I started this blog Saturday morning at the rental, but was stymied by my lack of upload storage space, and then the move happened.  And kept happening until, well, now-ish.  There is still MUCH to do, but as of yesterday, I actually felt like we began living in a home as opposed to a box collection center.

Oh, and I found the coffee table!  It was hiding behind a tall box under a pile of the NEW bedding for the guest room.  I had a draft post with pictures of said bedding in the queue here, taken in the rental house, but never got around to publishing it.  Guess I’ll have to just scrap it in favor of a photo here in the new house 🙂

Back to the wedding…

Close to 9 a.m. Friday morning at the salon:

I loved my hair and makeup!  The makeup artist there is funky with her makeup like me, so I gave her permission to go a little wild.  I had purple and light blue (sounds weird, but it totally worked) up top, and a green/blue combo for a liner on the bottom.  My hair got curled and pinned back, half up, half down.  Why in the world did I not do this for MY wedding day??

The flurry of activity at the Roycroft where we all got ready:

In the limo on the way to get pictures:

Jill entertained us by playing the piano on a child’s toy in the nursery while we waited for our cue:

In the car afterward on the way to reception:

Beautiful cake by Butterwoods!  And so good–definitely some of the best wedding cake around.  Carolyn chose chocolate with raspberry filling–very memorable.

Mom Layer, Abigail and grandma:

Megan (Abigail’s best friend and also our hair stylist) and Andrew:

Great dancing!  Luke, with his his around his head:

And, to prove I actually danced, here are some photos:

The three of us shut down the dance floor, if you can believe it.  (Well, Carolyn and Abigail are naturals; I’m the one who might need a little liquid courage every once in awhile…)

It was a really great event; the church was well decorated, things ran smoothly (for the most part), the rain held off (thank goodness!), the food was good, the dancing was better and everyone seemed to have a great time.

For more photos, try these links:

Professional Photographer’s “previews”

Mom Layer’s Facebook Album

practice makes perfect

Ha!  If only marriage were that simple…  Heck! If only LIFE were that simple!

But, back to our regularly scheduled programming: Carolyn’s wedding!  TODAY!

Last night was the rehearsal and dinner (immediately following our marathon 3-and-a-half-hour-long closing).

Look!  The bridesmaids coordinated:  the three of us on the end in black and white prints, the maid of honor in solid coral and Carolyn wore solid blue!  (actually, we didn’t, but I thought it was kinda neat)

The groomsmen:

Mom and Dad Layer and grandma:

The happy couple practicing their departure:

I’m super excited for the wedding–Carolyn picked GREAT music both both our entrance and after their pronouncement, which I thought was neat.  I think it’s an instrumental version of U2’s “It’s a Beautiful Day” for us and they exit to a really upbeat song, too.

We went to Pegasus, a local Greek place, for the rehearsal dinner:

Big day ahead–gotta get my run in before my hair/nails/makeup appointments!