Thursday, April 12, 2012

All in a Days Time.......

.......I have been wanting to share a few pictures that were made throughout the day on Saturday. My daughter is a wedding planner and runs her company called Destination Occasion in Orlando.  I am her assistant when she needs me.  She was the coordinator of a vow renewal service for a couple from England at the beautiful Omni Champions Gate Resort in South Orlando.

The service was planned for mid-morning but we showed up early to receive the flowers from the florist and meet the Gentleman who was also arriving early from a villa where they stayed the night. The couple and their small party of guests had only arrived from England the night before. The service took place in the back resort grounds within a small garden/gazebo area.  So, we arrived in the garden in the early morning and who was there to meet us.......

.........this little guy.  He stayed in there rolling this big green apple around for fifteen or twenty minutes - plenty long enough for us to get several pictures. What a treat he was for Carrie, myself and the harpist who had also arrived early. He finally got tired of the apple and went hopping on out.

                                                                                Christine MacPhail

Eventually, the flowers, minister, photographer and vow renewal party (five people) all arrived and a beautiful service was conducted.  This sweet husband did the surprise planning for his bride of seventeen years!  He told her there would be a vow renewal and asked her to buy a special dress - she knew little more.  What a nice guy he is!

 After the service was completed and several pictures were taken everyone moved just outside the gazebo where a nice table had been set up with a cake and champagne which had been requested by the husband.  He had even secretly brought from England a Mickey and Minnie bridal figurine that they already had.

So, things were going well until this .........

.......yes, about four feet from the back of the table where the people were standing! It caused a little squirming but it dissappeared into the bushes and was only seen briefly once more!

It is fun to help with the wedding/vow renewals and be able to experience the special time with the couple and their guests. But, my day wasn't finished. After seeing the party off we left and stopped by Checkers (my favorite place for french fries), got some lunch and headed on to Carrie's apartment, loaded both our vehicles with boxes, etc. from two flights up and headed on to the recently purchased house of Carrie and Mark - my first time to see it.  After a lot of looking around and unloading the sports vehicles it was time to hurry to International Foods and get British Easter candy for my English son-in-law and then pick him up from his work. We went to the apartment again, loaded up two more loads, delivered those to the house, unloaded, ran the vacumn, messed around a bit more and it was dinner time.

The new house is in this little country town of Gotha which is the home of a  well-known eating establishment called Yellow Dog Eats. I had never been there but had heard about it. I have got to tell you it is not your ordinary place! The pulled pork and cheese balls and tomatoes with pesto are great and I imagine the other food is too considering how many people this place draws in. The decor.......well............just let me say it is different!  This place also had special greeters.........

She, along with several others, was in the parking lot when we arrived. I think we saw eight all together, just hanging around town.  I love chickens! They were a special addition to my day!

This cute little church is just accross the street. I expect this little town has other picture-worthy things that I hope to check out on another visit. You may see more chicken pictures in the future! I left there and drove the forty-five minutes home.
So, quite a variety all in my day Saturday - you need to remember I am heading towards seventy-three!  I am so blessed to be able to put in this kind of a full, fun day! I was glad I didn't have an Easter meal to cook the next day though!
I apologize for so many details and long crazy sentences.


  1. What fun!

    You certainly have an exciting life :)

    Thanks for sharing all those beautiful pictures, (with the exception of the snake)
    and I loved reading about all the fun that you had.

  2. Enjoyed the picturesa. I can't wait to see how you and Carrie decorate her house...DH

  3. What a fun post, we all love anything to do with wedding or renewals. That sounds like a fun job, but hard that your daughter does. I have been to Gotha, but never to that restaurant, what a fun destination, I will have to try it. have you and your daughter thought about going to the Fancy Flea in downtown Lakeland April 28th? Should be fun with tons of shabby vendors. It would be great to meet you



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