one funky wedding…

My brothers and I pulled off the ultimate surprise. The weekend of my cousin’s wedding, my youngest brother arrived on leave from the Air Force. My parents didn’t know he was coming, so when he pulled into the driveway, I quietly let him in, so he could go back and bang on my parents’ door. The surprise was total.DSC_0243

DSC_0321This meant that all seven of us were going to be at my cousin’s wedding in Alabama. One brother had come from England (though he had the tickets BEFORE he knew about the wedding), one flew from New Hampshire, and one flew from Florida. We’re getting very spread out, recently. DSC_0225

DSC_0273The wedding was in the evening, so I played hermit and stayed in my hotel room for most of the day, studying and doing German homework. I had just started at Clemson, that week, if you remember. More on that another time.DSC_0254

DSC_0278When it was time to get ready, I was thrilled to wear my (ok, maybe they’re still my mom’s) “Atari” shoes, which went well with my dress. That particular dress has been waiting to be worn, ever since I bought it back around my birthday in May. I’ve worn both of the other two birthday dresses, but this one was for a dressy occasion. We all looked pretty “schnazzy”, if I do say so, myself.DSC_0289

DSC_0296Casey and Erica had a small wedding, loaded with family and friends. A significant number of the cousins managed to get there, despite most of us being grown up and living all over the world, now. DSC_0329

DSC_0306The reception, also, was beautiful, and full of good food and memories. I say memories, because the mantel shelves were loaded down with framed photos of the bride and groom, while the tables were full of the people that knew all about those memories.DSC_0345

DSC_0358If you hadn’t realized, my mom’s maiden name is Funk, so that’s why this was a “funky wedding”. Erica was thrilled to become one of the Funk granddaughters, and we were pleased to take her into our family. My Grandpa and Grandma Funk would have been very happy with their grandson’s choice of a wife, I know. DSC_0363

DSC_0371And as you may have guessed from the cake cutting pics, life with Casey will never be dull.DSC_0377

After the dinner and dancing, our family met up at my Alabama cousins’ house, and enjoyed lots of family “catch-up” time, as well as way too many cookies and a splendid lunch. My aunt is a wonderful cook, so we ate very well. I’m afraid the brunch part of things really included eating cookies BEFORE lunch, though. Our family is big on those. My mom got multiple thumbs’ up from her brothers, over the snicker-doodles (made with homemade Tahitian vanilla), molasses-oatmeal cookies, and peanut blossoms. DSC_0387

DSC_0391The trip back was uneventful, and we didn’t dawdle, as all of us need to be at school, whether to work, teach, or attend as a student. Since I had done most of my homework on the trip down, or on Saturday, I was ahead of the game for the week.DSC_0414

DSC_0427Hope you enjoy the pictures ALMOST as much as we enjoyed seeing my cousin marry the love of his life!DSC_0428DSC_0449

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