Another Texas wedding – relatively speaking

This time it is my niece’s wedding in Houston, Texas. My flight was on Southwest Airlines the week after the fuselage of a plane developed a gaping hole in the ceiling of the cabin at 30,000 feet, but all went well.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Memorial Drive Presbyterian ChurchAlthough I arrived too late for a spectacular lunch at the country club hosted by the groom’s grandmother, I did arrive in time for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. To say there was ample food is a huge understatement.

Wedding Day – Saturday, April 16, 2011

NASA LogoThe wedding was not until 5 p.m. on Saturday, so I had time to spare in the morning and afternoon. I needed space! After all, I was in Houston, a major space place.



Rockets at NASA So space it was until time for me to come back to earth  and blast off to a star-studded wedding. I practiced retrieving objects in space on a simulator, saw the original John Glenn claustrophobic space capsule (appropriate name), gazed at rocks from the moon, imagined the taste of freeze-dried strawberries sealed in in plastic, and marveled at the immense Saturn rocket.

Many of the stars in this wedding had appeared in an earlier Texas wedding. But the constellation had rearranged itself and some stars now were shining brighter. The bride and groom were the brilliant ones this time. But you can see many stars here on flickr.

Sonny and Emily

Tomorrow Emily and Sonny go east to Charleston and I go west to California. But we’ll meet again with this day to remember.

Rows of wildflowers on a Texas wildflower farm

A Texas wedding – relatively speaking

My nephew’s wedding in Boerne, Texas, provided a good opportunity to poke around in a part of the country I have never seen before. Although the flight on the day of the most recent terrorist arrests involved a few challenges, it went quite smoothly all in all.

Thursday, August 11, 2006

I had time today to take a trip into Texas Hill Country. Fredericksburg, forty miles north of Boerne, is a shopping (and tourist) mecca. Although I briefly hit the main street, I am not much of a shopper. I did buy a hat to ward off the Texas sun, but then headed east to Wildseeds Farm where acres of flowers stretched off to the the hills.

Because there was a windy back road running through the hills back to Boerne, I had to take it. And what could I do on the way but stop in Luckenbach…Guitar playing and singing with a chicken looking on

and hike along backroad creeks? Huge trees line the river bank

What will happen tomorrow? Probably a wedding since I just got back from a wedding rehearsal dinner.

Brittany and Spencer at wedding rehearsal dinner

Wedding Day – Friday, August 12, 2006

In the morning there was a brunch honoring the bride at a beautiful home overlooking San Antonio. Mary Ann, my sister-in-law, Emily, my niece, and I attended along with many others.

Emily and Mary Ann at brunch (Sister and mother of groom)

In the afternoon I made the obligatory trek to see the Alamo and learned a little history in the process.

The Alamo with hordes of tourists

The site of the 6 p.m. wedding was a beautiful historic chapel at the Lutheran church in Boerne (pronounced Burney)…

Flowers at end of every other pew
Elegantly restored chapel

…where we all congregated before the wedding for picture taking and taking pictures of picture taking.

A picture of picture taking

Half brother and mother of bride, bride and groom, mother, sister, and father of groom

And soon it was time for the music to begin.

Harp and violin provide music

After the wedding pair had skipped back up the aisle (you did read that correctly), they drove off to the reception in an elegant Model A.

Bride and groom in backseat of Model T in front of chapel

The rest of us took their lead and headed for a night of feasting and dancing…

An eleganty Model T with a tasteful Just Married sign

…except for the ring bearer whose responsibilities had overcome him.

The two-and-a-half-year-old ringbearer crashes at the reception

Tonight San Antonio; tomorrow night Maine.

Spencer and Brittany dance the first dance

Aftermath – Sunday, August 13, 2006

The party continued much of the night. By about 5:00 a.m. the reveleries and late night chatter had ceased as even the most stalwart of the bridesmaids and groomsmen finally followed the lead of the ringbearer. Fortunately the entire thirteen room hotel was occupied by the wedding party, so tolerance prevailed.

During the course of the day the mother and father of the groom (my brother and sister-in-law) and I returned tuxedos, provided airport shuttle service, and finally drove the bride’s car back to the newlyweds home in Austin.

Craig in front yard at Spencer's house

We slept well Sunday night.