Friday, June 23, 2006

The Day the Dream Came True!!!!
May 6, 2006 -11 a.m. - Sacred Heart Church - Homestead, Florida:

On this day, our youngest daughter, Deborah Ruth Meneses became the wife of Eddy Ruiz. The day started early with hair, make-up, etc. All the bridesmaids and mother and grandmother of the bride were at our home. We did all the preliminary things including taking pictures. Then we waited for the limo....and waited...and waited. NO LIMO!

We finally decided to put all of us in cars and race to the church. Nikki Mowry was driving the lead car with me, the bride's mom in the front, and the bride in the back flanked by Chelsi and Dee Dee. Our daughter Jessie drove the next car with bridesmaids, grandmother and flower girl and the hairdresser, Deb, brought up the rear with more of the wedding party. We had it made....or so we thought! Did we ever expect to be caught in a bicycle race of over 200 racers? What does mother do??? She gets out of the car and hikes up her gown and runs to the cop blocking the intersection to tell him that we just have to get through as we are late for a wedding! We passed several intersections like that and passed many bikers with me yelling out the window to get out of the way...we're late for a wedding! (not like I wanted to pawn my daughter off on Eddy.) Arriving at the church, all went smoothly and they were married.

After more time spent taking pictures, we head to the hall. Just as the bridal party was going to be announced, the power went off! At first it was because Florida Power and Light was switching a major line and it would take 5 minutes. Then, because there was no power, there was a bad accident. Luckily the maid of honors dad worked for FPL and he called someone out. An hour and 1/2 later, we had power! In the meantime, we ate out meal to candlelight and the d.j. hooked up to a generator. When the power came back, the line man from FPL came to make sure everything was ok. They announced him like he was a member of the wedding party and the bride and groom had their pictures taken with him. What memories!

Debi said she would not have changed it for a minute and it was wonderful. I'm thankful that all of Elias' family could attend as well as all of my family from Pennsylvania. The Redland Hotel, once again, did a wonderful job of hosting my family at their bed and breakfast!

You can follow the link and see more of the pictures by selecting the date - 5/6/06 and Deborah's wedding.


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