Well, it happened. There were about fifty people at the wedding of Illia Zotos and Melissa Cloutier. It turns out that Las Vegas is partway between Australia and New Hampshire. Plus, the venue was ideal for the partying Aussies. The wedding was a characteristic orthodox Greek ceremony in a wonderful church that combines, in an architecturally correct way, the southwestern adobe and a classic Greek temple. For those of you that don't know, Melissa is a beautiful lady who just graduated from Boston University. Illia is an Australian whose family and friends made the long trip to the states for their son's wedding. I took 102 pictures. Obviously only a few will make the cut for this blog. There are many pictures that will be sent to the principals that will not be seen here.
I suppose it is appropriate to start with a picture of the bride and groom. The wedding was a classic Greek Orthodox wedding. The priest got a good laugh when he dealt with the "let no man put asunder" issue by saying to the bride's parents, "or taking the bride down under". They will be moving to Australia.
The toasts and the poignant remarks brought tears to most of those present. You'll be happy to know that yours truly managed to refrain from imparting any superior wisdom to those a half century younger than we are. I must include a picture of the wedding couple with us.
It was a wonderfully done event that ran as smooth as silk. The couple must be congratulated for accomplishing an event that took such a high degree of international coordination. We wish them the very best as they start a life together. In less than two weeks we will celebrate 52 years of our life together. It's been fun.
Tomorrow we will do some housecleaning and grocery shopping in preparation to spending three days in Utah with visits to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. In the next blog I will provide an updated itinerary as we have decided to head east on I-70 instead of I-80.