John and I have just returned from Northern California spending the weekend with his family. We had been looking forward to this trip for quite some time when John's uncle, Woody, and his fiancée, Lynda, announced they were going to get married in Napa. Last May we were with the Prindle family in the South of France for cousin Shannon & Guillaume's wedding, so another wine filled wedding weekend was something to look forward to!
Our plan was to drive up Thursday to have dinner with my family in San Jose, and leave Friday to Vacaville after lunch. John's family had arrived Thursday night. We stayed in a beautiful two home rental with his parents, his brother, his grandparents, and his great-aunt who had arrived in Sacramento Friday night from Memphis.
This was our view from the deck.
Just off to the side
Alpacas on the property.
What I love about family weddings, especially if everyone has to travel to the destination, is turning a one day event into a few days of quality family time. John's grandparents live in Florida, so we see them about once a year. This was my first time meeting Aunt Susie, John's great-aunt.
Before John and his dad went to the airport to pick up Aunt Susie Friday night, there was a pizza party rehearsal dinner at Lynda's aunt's house, also a Wendy because two isn't enough. Her house would be the venue for the wedding the next day. When we arrived we could see they were still doing some finishing touches to the yard and the deck, but we knew it was going to be a beautiful setting for a wedding.
We had such a great time. It was an intimate wedding with family and a few of their close friends. There were plenty of wine & booze, and delicious food, the ceremony was short, but very sweet, and the evening ended perfectly with delicious cake and strangers becoming friends over great music (and more wine!).
So congratulations to Uncle Woody & Aunt Lynda! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day!
silly, but blurry, photo of the happy couple
"I am thankful for a family that drinks."
Duck rillette & baguette. Pretty sure I was the only one eating the rillette.
This is Tracker.
And this is Jake.
John & Scott
Before the guests.
Papa Prindle & his two boys.
High fives before the ceremony.
I had my fill of delicious foods & lots of wine!
End of the night.