As many of you know, the weekend of July 17th was pretty profound. We were in the throes of preparing for Kathryn's sister, Wynde's, wedding, which was to take place in Manchester, NH. Kathryn was busily helping Wynde to create place cards & table numbers and wash vases for centerpieces, while Amber took care of ordering Wynde's gorgeous flowers. The day of the rehearsal arrived with a typical amount of "good" stress and last-minute errands, culminating in what promised to be a fabulous meal at Fratello's in Manchester. Amber was on her way to Manchester with the flowers and everything seemed to be running smoothly. As Kathryn pulled into the parking lot to join her family, the phone rang. It was Amber calling with some horrifying news; her youngest daughter, Izze, who had been standing 25 feet away from a working lawnmower, had been hit in the face with a rock as it came whizzing out from underneath.
We won't keep you in suspense. Izze is fine. After losing a scary amount of blood, being rushed to the hospital, and an initially terrifying diagnosis, Izze has healed beautifully. She has the barest hint of a scar on her pretty, little nose, and if you didn't know of the magnitude of her ordeal you would probably think nothing of it. Amber and her husband Peter were blessed to have friends and family form a protective shield around them almost immediately. The mess from the afternoon's trauma was washed away, meals were delivered, laundry was taken care of, and perhaps most thankfully, someone came to finish mowing the lawn.
The craziest thing? Even after hearing about the accident, but knowing there was nothing she could do until the trauma unit decided how to handle Izze's injuries, Amber managed to drive as far as Saco. There her beautiful cousin, Noelle, helped her to put together all of Wynde's bouquets before she turned around and headed back to Bangor to be with her girl. Heather McGlauflin and Andy Willigar then swooped in and saved the wedding day by collecting the flowers from Noelle's house and delivering them to the beautiful bride. We are both beyond thankful for the support system that revealed itself, in many ways, in the wake of that terrible accident.
Wynde's wedding was BEAUTIFUL. She was an absolute vision, and so madly in love with her groom, the incomparable Jason McKnight, that when it came time for her to say her vows she could hardly speak. The tables were a hit, the flowers were gorgeous, and the day was filled with love and joy. What an amazing celebration.
Below are a few pictures from Wynde's wedding, and one of Izze and Gwyneth (Kathryn's youngest) loving on each other just a few short weeks post-accident. Trust us when we say that we know well how blessed we are.
Soooo..... We always say that weddings are kind of like theater. I'd like to share with you a snippet of dialogue from the movie 'Shakespeare In Love' that I think rather sums it all up:
Philip Henslowe: Mr. Fennyman, allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.
Hugh Fennyman: So what do we do?
Philip Henslowe: Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.
Hugh Fennyman: How?
Philip Henslowe: I don't know. It's a mystery.