Summer Solstice Wedding

Christina is escorted by her dad, Dr. Chip Ramsay, at the San Carlos Cathedral in Monterey, California; photo credit (c) Likeitiz

Christina is escorted by her dad, Dr. Chip Ramsay, at the San Carlos Cathedral in Monterey, California; photo credit (c) Likeitiz

This past weekend, we dedicated our time to celebrate with some dear friends the marriage of their youngest daughter, Christina, in Carmel Valley.  Christina and our daughter have been friends since they were in Middle School. They were classmates, sports team mates, sleep over mates, singing group mates.

The Bagpiper heralds the passing of the newly married couple, Ian and Christina McPherson; photo credit Likeitiz

The Bagpiper heralds the passing of the newly married couple, Ian and Christina McPherson; photo credit Likeitiz

Ian and Christina McPherson march out of the cathedral surrounded by family and friends. Photo Credit (c) Likeitiz

Ian and Christina McPherson march out of the cathedral surrounded by family and friends. Photo Credit (c) Likeitiz

Sometime in high school, the girls formed the Sisterhood of the Fondue, with a bunch of other girl friends.  It started with a fondue pot, some cheese recipes, crusty bread, that graduated to marinara sauces. Once the savouries were done, the chocolate melts began, with fresh strawberries, bananas, pineapples, you name the fruit.

The kids at the reception held at Quail Lodge Golf Club, Carmel Valley, CA. Photo Credit Kimberly Culpan

The kids at the reception held at Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Carmel Valley, CA. Photo Credit Kimberly Culpan

In college, they all went their way. Some went north, Christina to UC Davis, where she met her unico amor, Ian.  Some went East, Michelle to Dickinson.  Some stayed, Lara and Christiana to Stanford, and Lauren to UC Berkeley.  Through the years, we parents observed in quiet anticipation. Will their friendship fade? Will they grow apart?

Christina dancing with her mother, Nettie Ramsay, in a very poignant scene. photo credit Likeitiz

Christina dancing with her mother, Nettie Ramsay, in a very poignant scene. photo credit Likeitiz

And so it was, on this summer solstice day that we all came together to witness Christina pledge her commitment and life to Ian. The wedding could not have been set at a better time of year.  The sun graced the occasion with gentle peeps and a slightly cool but gentle breeze.

The Sisterhood along with some old friends. Photo Credit Lauren Ciardella

The Sisterhood along with some old friends. Photo Credit Lauren Ciardella

It was a day to celebrate in more ways than one.  The speeches made us laugh through our tears. We all reminisced the growing up years.  The bride’s father likened it all to Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream.  We clinked our glasses more times than I could count.  The servers just kept on refilling!  As the night wore on, Dave Martin’s House Party band played everyone’s favorites.  We danced until the soles of our feet ached and we did not care one bit!

They were seated outside with a great view of the grounds and the sunset. Photo credit Likeitiz

They were seated outside with a great view of the grounds at Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Carmel Valley and the solstice sunset. Photo credit Likeitiz

It was wonderful to see the kids all grown up and together.  I looked at them and I still saw the jeans and T-shirt with backpacks in tow, the endless projects, the competitive school drives, the band practices. I saw the different sports events, the Fun Run, and the field trips.  Now they are grown men and women, carving out their niches out there. I’m just glad they have these opportunities to see one another and catch up.

Of course, they welcome the groom to the fold! Photo credit Lauren Ciardella

Of course, they welcome the groom to the fold! Photo credit Lauren Ciardella

I was asked what I thought of Summer Solstice. Well, it was divine!

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