What a great vacation and wedding! When Ben Baldwin and Candice Miller decided on 3-17-12 as their wedding date, we started talking about the Cook family all going together. Our plans turned out better than we could have expected. We rented a house not far from the wedding location and also not far from the Baldwin's beach house.
All the Cooks arrived on Wednesday around noon. We wanted some time before the wedding to visit with the Baldwin family and other guest who would be there early. Our planning worked out perfectly. The house was large and comfortable. We had time to visit and relax. Lots of time in the hot tub and many walks on the beach between our house and the Baldwin's.
Some of the relaxing time. Shellie on the couch.
On Thursday night, after a day driving on the beach up to Carolla with Ben and Candice to the spot where they were engaged, the Cooks enjoyed a great meal together at the Rundown Cafe.
I think Jed was texting Jacob.
On Friday, the Burwell's arrived and checked into the Hilton. We walked around the grounds and Marlin and Chuck checked out the pier where the wedding was going to be held.
Friday night, Glen was hosting the rehearsal dinner at an elegant beach house across the street from their house. She began with appetizers on the first level. Those who went to Adam's wedding six years ago will remember the house and the great swimming pool.
Four tables were set for dinner service in the upper level living room. Each table was set with different china that came from grandparents, other relatives, and friends.
The bride and groom's chairs with green ribbons
View from the kitchen
Some of the guests.
The wedding day weather decided to bring in some fog and wind. That did not change the plans for holding the ceremony on the pier. James played two wedding march songs, chosen by Ben and Candice, on his magnificent hand made (by him) guitar. It sounded wonderful, even with the ocean and wind roaring in background. He looked pretty handsome, but the guitar was even prettier.
The reception hall was immediately next to where the ceremony was held.
Groom's parents, Bob and Glen Baldwin
The bride's parents
The Bridesmaids, who had just had their hair done!
The bride, Candice, and her dad
Then inside for the festivities
Judy and Julie
Sam Baldwin the ring bearer.
Adam and Cathy Baldwin
The new Baldwins
The Cook family together
Ralph Johnson and Addie Rossi
Ralph and Sue Johnson
Glen and Pam Richards
Sam and Lindsey Baldwin playing a game on Sam's I pod.
James and Shellie Cook
Matt and Lindsey Baldwin
The pizza peel, hand made by James Cook. The light wood on the edge is birch that came from Dixmont.
Doug Moreshead, Glen's brother
Bill and Sue Baldwin
Bob and Karen Baldwin
Chuck and Julie Burwell
Addie Rossi and Harold Streim friends from Frederick, MD
Gram and Connor Baldwin
Bob and Joleen Moreshead
Candice and Shellie
Adam and Lindsey
Matt gave a wonderful math presentation, oops, I mean toast to the Bride and Groom. Ben posted the math on facebook earlier this week. It was ingenious.
Cutting the cake
Eating the cake
Dancing with Dad
James and Shellie, later in the evening!
Tom LaPointe, Nicole, and Collin
Collin and Glen
Jed caught dancing
Marlin and Chuck sitting out a "few" dances
Fun at the photo booth
Bob's new look!
Toward the end of the evening!
The next morning Glen hosted a breakfast brunch before the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Good donuts and bagels, coffee with Bailey's, and juice, of course.
After the parade we headed for Bob and Glen's new retirement home in Kitty Hawk. Bob plans on retiring in September and they will then move to the Outer Banks full time. They have moved in some extra pieces of furniture, but with the new stove in the living room it is not quite ready to move in!
Julie and Sue Baldwin
Pam and Bob Richards
The next morning all the visitors left for home. Marlin and I headed for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. One of our favorite places and we have heard all the wild flowers are blooming already because of the warm weather. Can't wait.