At Last

I just love weddings.  In addition to being so romantic and beautiful, it’s always interesting to see how the bride and groom “personalize” the ceremony to make it their own.

Motor Man and I attended a wedding Saturday afternoon. He met Mitch, the groom, at our local race track back in the 70’s.  Mitch and Trish, his bride, have been a couple for….18  (yes, 18) years. Earlier this year, they announced that they would be marrying in April. This was their wedding invitation:

invitation edited

Are you familiar with the Etta James’ song: “At Last”? If not, or if you’d just like to listen, here’s a link.

So imagine, if you will, Mitch, waiting, as the boat bringing his bride, arrives at the dock. And Etta (recorded, of course) is belting out the first lines of that song. “At last, my love has come along. My lonely days are over…”


I normally try to blink back tears at weddings. But when that song started, I knew that, this time, there was no need to even try.

the vows

So I was snapping pictures as tears streamed down my face. (By the way, the sweet pup is “Chewy”; Trish is dogsitting him, while his parents are out of the country on business.)

the kiss

Yes, Chewy. At last, indeed.

at last

Motor Man and I were honored to be among the guests, and we wish the newlyweds a long, happy marriage.

us 4

At last.


20 responses to “At Last

  1. What a lovely couple they make (well, TWO lovely couples with you and JR joining them in the one photo!!). It looks like it was a very special ceremony and since it took them so long to tie the knot – I’m SURE it will stay tied forever!


  2. I love this! What a beautiful couple. Wow 18 years, perfect song for them, They have great hearts to have Chewy with them and he isn’t even their dog. Sweet wedding story, makes me want to cry tears of joy too… 🙂

  3. I love weddings, too, and thank you for including me in this one 🙂 Very poignant and beautiful!


  4. What perfect pops of blue for this waterfront wedding! Love all the attention the bride is getting as she arrives. What a beautiful, romantic story…love all of it! Congratulations and Best Wishes to the handsome and caring couple with Chewy.

  5. I’m a sucker for weddings too — I rarely can make it through with dry eyes. Love that they decided to tie the knot after 18 (!!!) years together. That is absolutely a reason to celebrate…at last! 🙂

  6. mollieandalfie

    What a beautiful wedding 🙂 and such a lovely couple xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  7. What a wonderful romantic story! Congratulations to your friends!

  8. Gorgeous couple! This is such a feel good post Dianna, I don’t know them and I am doing a happy dance for them. Makes my heart smile.. 🙂 Lovely pictures!! May they enjoy many many happy years. I love that song and it has to be sung by Etta!!!

  9. Beautiful post. Congratulations to the happy couple. At last!

  10. I love this song, one of my favorites! Always brings a smile to my face. And hey, at least your friends didn’t rush into anything! 🙂 ~ Sheila

  11. Such a romantic and beautiful wedding — how wonderful! Thanks for sharing their day with us, Dianna!

  12. aren’t they beautiful!? love that.

  13. What a great wedding! Me LOVES weddings!

  14. Congratulations! It looks like a very nice ceremony with some beautiful weather .. I really like the invitation & those last two pics!
    I’m not familiar with the song; will check it out in a few !

  15. Well, you KNOW how I love weddings! And “At Last” is one of my very favorite songs too. Looks like you had lovely weather for a lovely wedding with lovely friends. Can’t get any better than that.

  16. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    What a beautiful and sweet love story. Love all the pictures. God bless your friends.

  17. Thanks for sharing their special day. I guess Chewy was one of the witnesses!

  18. I love the pictures you took. It is so wonderful to see them. This link is awesome!! Thank you sooooo much for celebrating our special day and my birthday. Love, Trish

  19. Bob & Jan Elwell

    What a wonderful gift to give to two of the nicest people we know! Could not make it to the wedding but the pictures make us feel like we were a part of the celebration!! Thank you!

  20. What fun! And what a lovely wedding and your pictures are delightful. 🙂

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