My daughter, Erin, has always been . . . her own self. Unique; imaginative; smart and creative. And totally out-of-the-box from the get-go. It's been fun - and always a bit of an adventure - to watch her grow up; to watch her unfold.
When she went off to college, she met her match in Keith. The two of them just . . . fit together from the start. And it's been a delight to watch them grow and unfold . . . together.
No one would ever use the word "conventional" to describe either Erin or Keith. They do things their own way! Always have; always will.
So when it came time to plan their wedding, I knew we'd have fun with it. As the mother-of-the-bride, my biggest goal was to make sure Erin and Keith had a wedding day that was perfect . . . for them. That their wedding turned out be just what they wanted -- even if it was a bit out-of-the-box; a day that would make them happy.
Sometimes, they embraced tradition. (Tom walked Erin down the aisle, for example.)
And sometimes, they did not. (They had a cake as part of their "dessert buffet" -- but no "wedding cake" and no cake cutting ceremony.)
The wedding was small and intimate, with a venue only blocks from the beach.
There were games to play and costumes to try on. A friend performed a poem (poetry-slam style) that she wrote just for Erin and Keith (so powerful and moving that there was not a dry eye among the women at my table).
There was jazz and some spontaneous dancing and cornhole match-ups and even an appearance by Party Duck (because friends can surprise and delight).
But mostly, there was love and joy.
I feel like I met my goal: The day was lovely and relaxed and fun . . . just the way Erin and Keith wanted it to be!
(And - just because I'm sure you're all dying to know - I wore the silver sparkle shoes!) (Both of them.)