gina's dad had said to me on the phone a few days before the wedding,
"i've never had more fun in my life than getting ready for this wedding. our other daughter was in town this past weekend from DC, and to hear those girls laughing and planning. i'm a lucky man. this has been the most fun i've had in my life i tell you."
we knew right then that this wedding would surpass all expectations. we'd already gotten to know the couple and we were smitten but the happiness we heard in mr. gabel's voice was excellent foreshadowing of how happy everyone would be just to be there.
i always start these entries with the best of intentions to get right to the great pictures of the couple, but to me, wedding memories are just so much more. there's just so much richness, so many many ways to get side-tracked, so many things we want you to know. like how wonderful it was to stay with the wedding party in this b+b in camden, the whitehall inn:
and how every little nook + cranny of this smith home was so so perfect. look at this. as the girls got dressed (see that cute nautical touch of ribbon - love it!) there's a nautical-themed curtain on the door behind them and a place sign over gina's shoulder. wow.
the little church on isleboro was so charming:
chris + gina are so great together. i swear to you, wherever they walked the sun seemed to be shining upon their faces.
it was a beautiful thing!
and speaking of beautiful things, oh gina's relationship with her sister so touched our hearts.
and one of the girls most favorite people? their terrific + inspiring grandma (who'd just sent gina a text shortly after we arrived; transportation was trickey since it involved a ferry or two and grandma was the mastermind behind it all!)
wouldn't it be a great time to introduce a highlight slideshow?
well here's the deal, soon, very soon gina + chris will be having a back-home reception; reception guests have to see the highlights first, right! ~ but we WILL post it; just not quite yet . . .
with many, many thanks for this opportunity,
kim + amy