TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, FROM THIS DAY FORWARD…

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, FROM THIS DAY FORWARD…

Finally, THE wedding!

As Lauren and Mark enjoy their honeymoon in Italy and look forward to Paris as well, I can relive part of their splendid October 15 wedding day with some of the photos I promised…..better later than never!

Mount Victoria is one of the loveliest estates I have ever seen – the historical main house, several other buildings such as the Lodge, the Game House, etc., acres and acres of sprawling lawns and forest as far as the eye can see – every acre seems spectacular.

As you will see, no detail was too small or too large to be overlooked, from providing limo bus transport from the church and hotels to the reception, a small army of golf carts to bring guests from their cars to the house, from the house to the tent for dinner and back to their cars after the reception. And candles and lights – and security – everywhere!

Pure magic!

The building to the right of the tent for 200 guests housed six bathrooms, complete with amenities.

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Mount Victoria, the main house

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The grounds –

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Oysters with our cocktails –

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Baskets of Pashmina shawls for the women when the sunset and it was chilly –

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The tent –

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The dance floor – 10 piece band with 4 singers –

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Tables –

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Personalized menus –

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Several shrub shaped like bunnies, Mark’s nickname for Lauren once upon a time…

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The happy couple – as their Dads pay tributes –

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A WEEKEND OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER, FAMILIES AND FRIENDSHIPS AND SHEER, UNADULTERATED MAGIC!

A WEEKEND OF LOVE AND LAUGHTER, FAMILIES AND FRIENDSHIPS AND SHEER, UNADULTERATED MAGIC!

I tried once during my stay in the Washington, D.C. area to post a column about the beautiful wedding and once in a lifetime reception that I attended in Maryland over the weekend but was thwarted at every turn. I had opted to travel only with my iPad, not my computer, for my brief stay in the U.S., choosing to write my column on the WordPress app but this turned out to be not an act of love but rather one of technological trauma.

No need for details here, except to say that when I exited the app for a second to ask advice of a colleague, the entire column just disappeared.

I arrived in D.C. on Thursday, October 13 and was taken immediately to La Plata, Maryland where many guests would be housed in one of two hotels, adjacent to each other, and relatively close to all the wedding venues.

The parents of the bride, my friends Mike and Laura Sullivan, with all they had to do, offered to make the long trek to Dulles Airport to pick me up but, as it turned out, Fr, Robert Golas, a friend of the Sullivans in a nearby parish, was to pick up a new car Thursday just seven miles from the Dulles and he offered to get me at Dulles.

It was a serendipitous encounter for Fr. Golas and I discovered we had common friendships – and favorite restaurants! – in Rome and after five minutes it seemed like we’d been friends for a long time, The same with Tina Raymond, a parishioner who, with her husband owns an area funeral home, accompanied Father to the airport.

Dinner Thursday was with the Sullivan clan and Mark Posey, the groom. Friday was the rehearsal dinner at the magnificent country home of David and Dana Posey. I saw a number of people I knew and was overjoyed in particular to see two friends from Madrid, Beatriz  and Paris De L’Etraz, also close friends of the Sullivans.  They flew in Friday and left again for Spain on Sunday! It was a magical evening and I felt like I was living a dream, as you will see from the photos.

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Lauren Sullivan and Mark Posey were married on October 15 at the very beautiful, intimate and historic Chapel of St. Francis de Sales located on the Potomac in Southern Maryland. This lovely chapel was built in 1908 specifically for a wedding and has been used for that purpose many times over the last 108 years, as well as for 8am Sunday morning Mass between Memorial Day and Labor Day. I’m still not sure how they did it but most of the 200 wedding guests made it into the chapel. I was able to take several photos of the Lauren and Mark and Cardinal McCarrick, the main celebrant, along with Fathers Ed Filardi and Robert Golas.

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The Sullivans had arranged for a limo bus (the bus next to the bridal limo in the above photo) to transport the hotel guests to and from various venues over the two days of festivities. As you can see it was more like a mobile discoteque!

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Our friends from Madrid, Beatriz and Paris –

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I’ll bring you pictures of the indescribably spectacular and over-the-top reception tomorrow so stay tuned.