So many stories that touch my heart in this amazing industry we’re in. Some seem so much like real life Fairy Tales. In fact many of my recent and upcoming wedding have shared a similar theme.
|Brooke and Kendall dance with their nieces and nephews|
Boy meets girl when they are both very young.
Boy and girl become good friends.
Boy and girl go out.
After school boy and girl go their separte ways.
Later in life they somehow find their way back and realize no one else could fill the place that the other did.
They get married.
This is very much the story of Brooke and Kendall. They met while in Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, New Jersey. Going through some wonderful times and heartbreaking times together, Kendall moved to Minnesota after high school.
6 long years later Brooke visited him there and they realized their love was too strong to be so far separated.
But just as Kendall was going to move back to NJ, Brooke was heading to Florida to get her master’s degree. But like movies and fairy tales Kendall changed plans a few months later and went to Florida.
Brooke now works at the Miami Veterans Affairs Hospital on Spinal cord injuries and Kendall is completing his double major in business marketing and American history. Here’s their intro….
Their reception had all the charm and beauty of historic Smithville Inn where the ocassion was hosted. Kendall in his toast was clearly moved at his “good fortune that Brooke came to find him in Minnesota. It was everyone who attended’s great good fortune as well.
This was no typical wedding reception. Kendall’s family perform at every function they attend and when Brooke’s family joined in for a rendition of Monty Python’s “The Bright Side of Life” you know this was a crowd ready for anything and everything.
Another of the many highlights of the night was The Newlywed Game.
The party took off from 9:30 to the end with Kendall’s sister Nicole providing old Tina Turner Proud Mary
Rolling on a River energy, and the nephews and nieces pulling out tricks on the floor.
Brooke’s mother Lorey Bird has also not aged in the 12 years since I’ve known her and danced like she was 25 years old. Lorey is the former Director of Special Events at Harrah’s Properties in Atlantic City as I mentioned on the previous post. She added neat little touches by having the nieces dressed like Butterflies and the nephews like Princes.
And if you watch the first dance intro you’ll see that it worked well in the theme.
Her husband Gerry is a lucky man, and now so is Kendall.
Congratulations to the the Westmorelands and Bird families!