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11 January 2014

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After London and Iceland (photos to come), we spent a relaxing week in Florida with close friends and family from around the world. A million miles travelled by all of us to be at my sister-in-law’s wedding to a kind American man. A whole resort to ourselves so only loved ones and friendly staff to bump into. Morning breakfast gatherings under a thatched hut by the water, joining friends from both families and relishing the time of friendships long ago cemented. Hugs and chats with family as we sat around with not a glance at the time. Tears welling up when a beloved and rarely seen family member arrived from a long solo trip to be there. Laughter flowing around the darkness on the fishing pier. My mistaken anxiety of an alligator!! floating past my feet (i.e. a log)! All excitedly learning over the pier to see the manatee who comes for fresh water each day. Quiet moments curled up on a comfortable chair on the ginormous verandah overlooking the sea. Dinner by the pool with lights hanging in the trees. Celebrating 9 years since our first date and remembering our own wedding. My in-laws pulling off another great event. Dancing for the first time in a very long time because of the cocoon of loved ones who know me. My husband’s smile and declarations of love and pride in my ear. The feeling of being surrounded by so many people looking out for my safety and comfort, hands taking mine or arms around my shoulders before I even know who it is, followed by the sound of their caring voices. Feeling pretty in my wedding day dress and the beautiful photos of faces that will soon adorn our bookshelf. The kind words of others that get written down in the holiday journal. Sunrise with my husband and his smile. Those moments throughout the day where people wander in to our bridal family villa, the biggest of them all, to pull up a chair to chat and open the fridge for snacks. My stunningly beautiful sister-in-law smiling up at her new husband. The shade of the trees. The blue hour as we all took our seats at the reception. The spontaneous pool party after the reception where young and old floated around together. The mother of the groom who jumped in wearing her dress, the laughter, the feeling that it was all ours and no-one to disturb. The intimate, precious family experience for that week in our own little world of the resort. The gaining of new family into our life.

*photo of my legs by my husband!

12 Responses
  1. January 11, 2014

    Truly magical. You describe it so well.

  2. January 11, 2014

    That all sounds (and looks!) delightful! It warms my heart to read how much your family love and cherish one another x

  3. January 11, 2014

    Your photos are so inviting – I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall watching and listening. So happy that you had a wonderful time with friends and family on such a very special occasion.

  4. January 13, 2014

    The words and pictures are wonderful. Such treasured moments to remember.
    Sarah x

  5. Megan permalink
    January 13, 2014

    Oh Lucent I shed happy tears at the beautiful descriptions that accompanied these equally beautiful photos. And how lovely you looked in your wedding day dress! I’m sure if we could see your face you would be wearing a big smile :)
    You really were able to relax and enjoy this event and family time – and now have even more wonderful memories to cherish.

  6. January 14, 2014

    There is something so touching about a wedding and your words are beautiful. Florida Keys is somewhere i really want to travel to before we head home. I’ll have to get some tips from you.
    P xo

  7. January 14, 2014

    oh, these photos are so gorgeous. what beautiful memory-making. and I especially love the one of you. ox

  8. January 14, 2014

    Iceland??? Wow! Can’t wait to see those piccies – it’s high on my bucketlist!

    Now, you are a busy bee – from London & Iceland to Florida! Lucky duck. Your favourite moments listed above are reminded me of our best friends’ wedding in Fiji November a year ago – magical. We also had the whole resort to ourselves. It was bliss.

    Clare x

  9. January 16, 2014

    This is beautiful – I love weddings and being surrounded by so many loved ones at once. Can’t wait to see Iceland! – I’ve got an Icelandic friend I haven’t seen in years.

  10. January 18, 2014

    This post is perfection. If I could close my eyes to imagine while reading your words I would be transported to a magical place.

    Congratulations to your sister-in-law and her new husband!

    x Jasmine

  11. January 20, 2014

    Such beautiful memories!

  12. January 22, 2014

    Florida Keys early in the year looks fantastic. I visited Key West once, but it was in muggy August!t

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