It was Wedding Day for Nathan and Jen.
We'd been blessed with amazing weather for the last two days.
Morning dawned foggy and rainy.
men guessers were predicting rain.
The wedding wasn't until 4:00, so we had the day to do as we pleased.
I chose walking the beach. I drug Eric along with me.
After breakfast, Jenna and Quinn joined us on the beach. It's usually about day 3 when my boys stop smiling for photographs and pretty much make silly faces for the rest of the trip. Quinn was right on schedule.
About noon, the skies cleared!
We decided to do a little sightseeing with our plans for lunch.
This is Devil's Punchbowl.
It's thought to have been a sea cave that collapsed. Its name is telling of the way the water churns and blows during high tide or during winter storms.
photo credit: from Mo's website
Lunch was at Mo's West location. The restaurant chain (there are 6, located all up and down the Oregon coast) has quite a colorful story.
This little building was basically in the parking lot of the Devil's Punchbowl State park.
How good could it possibly be? I was skeptical of the rave reviews I'd seen on the internet.
One bite of their clam chowder and the skepticism went right out the window.
By the time we got back to Otter Creek, the sun was pushing back the last of the clouds. Grandpa and Grandma went for a walk before it was time to get ready for the wedding.
Here was the view from the wedding site. Could the day have been anymore perfect for an outdoor wedding on the Oregon coast?
Nope, not one bit!
Temperatures hovered about 68* and the wind had completely died down.
It was time.
The reception room was decorated. The tables set.
The flower girl waited patiently with the resident goslings until the ceremony started.
Soon the music began and everyone took their place.
Nathan, waiting expectantly for Jen to walk across the lawn to his side.
Their long-time family friend, Bruce Rider, performed an amazing ceremony full of wise counsel, funny stories and the solemnity and seriousness of getting married.
photo credit: Roman Johnston
"You may now kiss the bride!"
And just like that, they were husband and wife.
All the stress and worries that planning a wedding can bring was instantly washed away.
The reception was full of laughter and family and friends.
Mary, Nathan, and Brian
Eric, Quinn, Me, and Preston
Grandma and Grandpa Cox
Mary's daughter, Isabelle, Mary, Nathan, Brian and Joel.
Brian is Nathan's big brother and his best man.
His toast to the couple was filled with love and warm memories.
Time to cut the cake.
Before we knew it, it was over. I was so glad they invited us. So thrilled that we could be there.
It was the perfect beginning to a long life together.