Nsimba & Elizabeth’s Wedding ~ Part 2

Saturday, November 12

dsc_0464Nsimba and Elizabeth returning to the room after the recessional.

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dsc_0591Entrance of the wedding party

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dsc_0618Greeting Elizabeth and Nsimba before hors d’oeuvres and dessert.

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dsc_0577Tapioca was part of this meal to honor his parents who own a field of cassava.

From the Internet: Tapioca is a starch extracted from cassava root. This species is native to the North Region of Brazil, but spread throughout the South American continent. The plant was carried by Portuguese and Spanish explorers to most of the West Indies, and continents of Africa and Asia, including the Philippines and Taiwan. It is now cultivated worldwide.

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dsc_0638With Grandpa Myers – Roy and Joanne

dsc_0654With Caleb Martin – their master of ceremonies

dsc_0656Nsimba with his 2nd cousin’s husband (now lives in Pennsylvania) and a friend from his hometown in Africa (now lives in Connecticut).

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dsc_0658Talking with his boss, Jordan Keller – probably making sure he has the next week off from work. 🙂

dsc_0668With a coworker and Jordan from Keystone Masonry, Inc.

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dsc_0634By this time the super moon was over the city of Auburn.

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dsc_0684Before going to our room, we went to the front parking lot to see their decorated van.

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Nsimba & Elizabeth’s Wedding ~ Part 1

Saturday, November 12

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dsc_0319Our daughter Deb came to help with the veil

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dsc_0350They waited in an area away from those arriving for the wedding. One of them mentioned that they were nervous. Elizabeth said, “Let’s pray.”

dsc_0354Diane and Mark came looking for them. I motioned toward this area and asked them to wait because they were praying.

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I will show you those pictures tomorrow night.

Wedding Preparations & Lunch

Saturday, November 12

rehersal-and-meal-1Outside the Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn, Maine

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rehersal-and-meal-21aThe color of your name tag indicated your choice of lunch – lasagna or chicken

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rehersal-and-meal-28A beautiful wedding gift from Jere and Kristen

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rehersal-and-meal-40Cerwin reading to our great-grandson, Anthony

rehersal-and-meal-43Nsimba, his relatives, and friends dressed in African ceremonial clothes for lunch.

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rehersal-and-meal-48Final practice in the room where the wedding will be held.

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Friday – Preparing for the Wedding

A  few more pictures of wedding preparations on Friday afternoon and evening.

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dsc_0109Location of the wedding – Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn, Maine.

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dsc_0117Wedding practice at Lewiston Church of the Brethren

dsc_0121Dennis (pastor) talking to Nsimba, and Hannah visiting with Mark’s brother Andy and his wife and son.

dsc_0130Dennis and Elizabeth working on some details.

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Getting Ready for the Wedding

Thursday, November 10

Now that I’ve given you a sampling of wedding pictures, (and we are home in Pennsylvania) I will go back to the day of our arrival in Maine.

1-1It was early (5 am) on Thursday when we stopped to pick up Elizabeth’s brother Josiah who lives about 45 minutes from our place – and on our route to Maine.

1-3We stopped for fuel and breakfast, then at the chapel in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, where Cerwin replaced the thermostat.

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1-4Sunset at Mark and Diane’s house

We checked into our hotel in Auburn, then went to Mark and Diane’s house – where Josiah will be staying. We chose to stay at the hotel where the wedding was going to be held since Mark and Diane’s house was full with their out-of-state children.

1-5Then eight of us (ladies) went to Elizabeth Nails in Brunswick where we got manicures and pedicures.

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1-7Our favorite part – when our hands and feet are in warm paraffin.

1-9Lydia’s friend Mary Ellen and our daughter Diane – mother of the bride.

1-10Elizabeth’s sisters – Hannah and Abigail

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1-12Elizabeth  and Cora – the bride and her bridesmaid.

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Tomorrow night – Wedding Preparations

Highlights from Today’s Wedding

Our day began with a noon meal for the family and those involved in the wedding.

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Nsimba’s parents were not able to get visas from the Congo so the entire day was video graphed and put on YouTube for his parents and siblings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMVNzNIKahA&sns=fb

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There will be many more pictures in the days ahead.

There’s a Wedding in Our Family Today!

I am interrupting my regular posting schedule to bring you an update on today’s wedding of our granddaughter Elizabeth to Nsimba – especially for his family who cannot be here. These pictures are from yesterday, Friday, November 11.

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dsc_0178Wedding practice at the church. The room at the hotel was not available last night.

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Jared & Chelsey’s Wedding Reception

Saturday Evening, May 21

Reception (1)Umbrellas were needed as we walked into Manheim Community Farm Show Exhibition Center

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Reception (2)I asked him for permission to take a picture of their gift. 🙂

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Reception (5)Punch bowl attendants – Jenna, Dustan, and Stephanie – whose husband, Andrew, was not at the table when I took the picture.

Reception (6)The bride and groom arriving

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Reception (10)Chelsey’s mom fastening the bustle.

Reception (11)The wedding party had individual sodas.

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Reception (15)Creative wedding gifts

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Reception (17)Chelsey’s niece Ashlea made the wedding cake.

Reception (18)The cup cakes were made by Chelsey’s sister Amy.

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Reception (28)Their brother-in-law Jason was the emcee.

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Reception (30)Bridesmaids and Groomsmen:

Ashlee and Matthew

Reception (31)Jamie and Colin.

If you think she might be blushing, it’s because her dad (the emcee) was announcing that she is single – and available – and even gave out his phone number for interested young men. 🙂

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Reception (33)Karen and Joel

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Reception (37)Maid of Honor and Best Man

Amy and Austin

Reception (38)Mr. and Mrs. Jared Harnly

Reception (39)The meal was catered by Big Johns Catering

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Reception (46)During open mic Chelsey’s dad gave them a red John Deere to solve their problem of liking different colors of farm equipment.

Reception (47)The best man and groomsmen sang an amusing song that was written by them for Jared and Chelsey.

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Reception (54)Cutting the wedding cake

Reception (55)Chelsey smashed it into Jared’s face so quickly that I didn’t have time to photograph it. 🙂

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Reception (59)With Chelsey’s co-workers from Ephrata Agway.

Reception (60)Being “lifted” by some of their friends

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Reception (63)Attempting a kiss

Reception (64)Oh, what a Godly and fun wedding.

Thanks for inviting us Jared and Chelsey.

Jared & Chelsey’s Wedding

Saturday Afternoon, May 21 – White Oak Church of the Brethren

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Jared & Chelsey’s Wedding Photos – Part 6

Saturday Afternoon, May 21 – a few final pictures before the wedding

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I missed getting pictures of the Harnly family. Chelsey’s sisters wanted me to take pictures of their individual families, so it must have been during that time that Korina took the Harnly family pictures.

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DSC_3306I took a bunch of pictures for Jason and Melissa, but chose this one for my blog because I liked how Kylee was reaching for the flowers in Kelci’s hair. 🙂

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So ends my pre-wedding pictures at this beautiful location.

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Tomorrow night I will begin with pictures from the church – the wedding location.