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Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Wedding

Peter's brother, Robert, and Irene dated for nearly as long as Peter and I have been married and they finally decided to tie the knot.  They both live in London but Irene is from Naples, Italy so they decided to have the wedding in Irene's home town.  Secretly (or maybe not so discreetly), I had wished that the wedding would be in Italy, for selfish reasons.  I had never been to Italy.  So, now I'm able to cross another country off of my list!  We flew to Naples a few days after arriving in London.  Again, the kids were great on the flight.  We spent time exploring Naples and then we got ready for the wedding!  We had to walk to the castle where the wedding was being held so Charlotte rode in the stroller.  She fell asleep and slept during half of the ceremony.  Here she is, happy as a clam in 100-degree heat:
 We waited in the atrium (is that the right word for the middle of a castle?) before the ceremony began.  Alexander enjoyed climbing all over these cannon-ball things.  I couldn't miss the photo op!
Finally, the moment that we were waiting for arrived.  Actually, it wasn't a moment but a woman.  Happy Wedding Day, Irene!  Here she is walking down the aisle with her daddy!
 Alexander was the ring bearer.  It ended up being really casual so he didn't have to stand there the whole time with the rings, he just went up when they were ready to exchange.  I think he would have been quite the entertainment if he had stayed up there the whole time!
 The happy couple, looking pleased that the ceremony is over.  Let the party begin!!  Check out Irene's dress!  I don't know if you can tell but it was a very, very light lavender color; very beautiful!
 I love this picture of Charlotte walking (eventually running) away from the camera.  I was desperately trying to get a picture of the dress that I made for this occasion.  It was silk and I used a Children's Corner pattern called Louise.  If you look at the pattern, you wouldn't even believe that something so modern could come out of the outdated-looking photo that is pictured on the front of the pattern envelope.  Thank goodness for Sonya, at Children's Corner for suggesting how how modify the pattern to suit my needs.  Also, thanks to my friend, Amanda, who came over to help me learn how to make tucks (that we decided that the dress didn't need.
 The dress got pretty wrinkled because of the nap and the heat but she still looked beautiful!
 Peter and Charlotte enjoy the ocean (Charlotte stole a rose from Irene's bouquet; sorry about that!).
 I also love this photo.  I know she looks a little tired but the light looks nice and she has such a sweet little expression on her face.  Awwww.....
 This is the only picture that we have of our whole family during the entire trip.  I'm not super-pleased with how it turned out but seeing as it's the only we are.  At least we coordinate.
And one last one with the happy couple.  The kids love their Uncle Robert and Aunt Irene!  Thanks for a lovely evening!!

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