The day unfolded at a relaxed pace. When we arrived, a few friends and family were visiting around the lodge and bermhouse for guests at Skalitude. The groom was talking a few details with his cousin. Down in the meadow, we could see that chairs were set up in the flag circle for the ceremony; the tent and tables were ready for dinner; and games and refreshment areas were ready for celebration.
Inside the lodge I found Ann, her bridesmaids and flower girls and her mom working on flowers, doing hair and makeup while Chyna, the dog rested up for the big day. The groom and groomsmen drifted up to the bermhouse and shared laughs while helping each other with their ties. The ring bearer was coached.
Soon details came together; people were dressed; the dog began to stir, wondering what the next big thing was going to be. Guests began to appear in the meadow. The fellows made their way down the path, led by Chyna who smiled all the way. The ladies walked down the drive while Ann rode in a red convertible chauffeured by her brother. The fellows waited in the tall grass as the sun made its descent to the golden hour of the day – the time when the light is spectacular, turning the grasses to liquid sunshine.
After the ceremony the happy couple kissed and kissed and kissed some more! And then, following an old tradition, they jumped over a broom held by the ushers. A guest brought them an authentic and well-appointed Mongolian yurt for the couple to spend their first night as a married couple in. As dusk turned to darkness the band warmed up for the first dance and a campfire was built to keep everyone warm. It was a beautiful day.
Many thanks to Charley and Ann for including us.