Casting into the clouds 2448_StaatsYesterday was a day of diverse activities – fishing and a glorious wedding celebration; and yet the two were very connected.  As the day dawned to overcast skies and thick clouds, we headed out for some fishing.  The cool and the clouds eventually broke up and we fished under an amazing sky brimming with filtered sun and brilliant clouds.  Our fishing was successful, and we laughed that our outing was in honor of the bride and the groom for their wedding later that afternoon.  This joyful couple celebrated their summer wedding outdoors in a grove of trees, surrounded with family and friends all dappled with sunshine.  The bride and groom share a love of nature and especially fishing.  And how appropriate that the groom, his groomsmen, and the bride’s proud father all wore decorative fishing lures as their boutonnieres!

We drove north this weekend for a family wedding celebration along the shores of Lake Superior.  The bride and groom met while playing co-ed soccer and have a love of adventure and the outdoors.  They hike and ski, bike and snowboard, and have a goal to visit all the national parks in the United States.  It was only fitting that they celebrate their wedding outside, surrounded by family and friends, with a view of Lake Superior.  Although there were a few minutes of raindrops prior to the wedding ceremony, the clouds passed, the sun began to shine through the clouds, and the bride walked down the aisle in her red shoes to greet her soon-to-be-husband.  With the support and blessings of their families and the friends that came from all corners of the country and the world, they began their new life together with smiles of joy and happiness.  Here’s to a future of adventures and much love!