Thursday, November 15, 2018

October27-29, 2018 Wedding in Sioux Falls, SD

The Hotel offered a nice breakfast with a large area for us to visit with many of our relatives.   Our family met at Sioux Falls Park about 1:00 to enjoy the park and take some family photos.  Afterwards, some of us rode the local trolley to see downtown and hear about the buildings in the area. 

Cousin Judy Schaefer Sorenson and my sister Beverly Zeller Krause

Beverly, Don, Janice, Jerry, Mary
 We used the hotel shuttle again to eat at Turks and Caicos Caribbean Grill.  A couple of us tried the spam fried rice.  But no one ordered the goat or octopus.  Back at the hotel, we hung out in the lounge area.  We met many of Gary and Lindy’s friends along with seeing relatives. 

Wedding Day for Victoria Dwyer and Aaron Boese!
We had to be at the church by 3:00 for a full family photo.  We noticed that the photographer was using a stool that was exactly like the one our dad had made for just about everyone in the family.  Victoria is short and Aaron is extra tall.  So when it came time to kiss the bride, the best man pulled out the stool for her to stand on.  We later found out that it WAS one that my dad had made and was brought to the church by Victoria.  Victoria was also wearing a necklace that had belonged to my grandmother, her great grandmother.  Nice to see the family ties.
my family is on the left
Victoria’s uncle on her mother’s side officiated the wedding.  It made the ceremony more personal than the routine wedding.  The reception was at a barn type building south of Sioux Falls built intentionally for receptions.  We had an awesome dinner and cake.  After visiting awhile longer, there was a sparkler send off for the bride and groom.  We all regrouped at the hotel for more family time.  We had our own sports bar going with the Vikings football and the World Series. 
Uncles of the bride, Vern Schaefer, Erwin Schaefer, Doug Dwyer
My siblings and 2 cousins/like brothers to us.  Standing Don and Jerry Zeller, me, Gary Dwyer (father of the bride). Seated-Beverly, Janice and Erwin Schaefer
We all enjoyed breakfast together again.  That is so handy.  I was the only one in our family flying today, and that wasn’t until 2:30.  Most people left around 10:00.  A Rapid City friend, Cheryl Ulmer, was in Sioux Falls.  Bev, Cheryl and I had lunch together before I flew out.  All flights were fine through Minneapolis and Atlanta back to Providence, RI.  It was almost midnight when I arrived.  We found a place open for a burger and chicken wings.  By the time we drove back to Bristol, and parked the car within a block, and took the dinghy to the boat, it was 2:00am.  Long day, but worth every minute.  My family has been great about getting together whenever I am able to make it back to South Dakota.  Love every one of them!

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