County road sunrise7D_13742_StaatsI awoke this morning before the sunrise, grabbed my camera, and headed out the door.  We were in Kansas for a family wedding.  The weather had been as perfect as is possible for August in Kansas – low humidity, sunshine, and temps in the 80’s.  But this morning the air was fresh and cooled, and the fog hung low in the valleys.  As I drove down gravel roads, the dust hung in the golden air and the sunlight glistened off the telephone lines and the grasses.  My nephew and his lovely bride were married in a garden setting yesterday, surrounded by family and friends.  It was lovely and it was just as they had hoped – a true expression of who they are individually and who they are as a couple.  As I was greeting the morning with an appreciation of the scenery and a new day, I was hoping that this first day of their life as husband and wife would be a beautiful omen of their future together.  Congrats to them; and I’m so proud of their family that has showered them with love.

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!