Friday, August 28th ~ Los Gatos, California
Today was one of the happiest days I can ever remember. My nephew, Ian Kennedy got married to Nadia Shraibati at the Regale Winery in Los Gatos, California.
The setting was picture perfect, the weather a little on the warm side, our family gathered together, the bride was stunningly gorgeous, the handsome groom was grinning ear to ear, wine was flowing, dinner delicious, a few happy tears were shed, bubbles popped, sunscreen and colorful sunglasses were in gift bags, ladies shed their shoes which were replaced by provided comfy flip-flops, bocce ball and crochet was played, dancing was lively, and a GREAT time was had by all who attended.
May I proudly present the new Mr. and Mrs. Ian and Nadia Kennedy…
I have such wonderful memories going back to holding Ian when he was just a few days old, watching him grow up and mature into a fine young man, being there for both his high school and college graduation, and now witnessing him get married.
I first met Nadia when we had a small 21st birthday celebration for Ian when he and a group of friends were on their way back up to San Luis Obispo after a scuba diving trip on Catalina Island. As they sat in our family room, I watched Nadia, and after they left I mentioned to Tim that she reminded me of my sister. Not so much in appearance (though they both have dark hair and are tiny), but more so in how she carried herself with self-confidence and a brilliant mind.
Ian and Nadia were not even dating at that point, but I was hopeful and felt confident that they would be a good match for each other. What JOY to see them get married.
A few of my favorite pictures from the day:
A big thank-you to my long-time (since high school) friend, Terri Grover Mapel who flew to California to help me pick out a dress and put my outfit together for the wedding.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am so grateful for the expansion of our family. We adore Nadia and her parents Lilly and Tarek. We wish them a lifetime of happiness, filled with patience, love, kindness, respect and most of all LOVE!
What a glorious setting for a special wedding! Enjoy the rest of your trip.
Yes, it was a perfect setting for a perfect wedding! Thank you, we are planning on having a wonderful time!
I’ve known Nadia since she was around 5, mother & father are dear friends. This was a lovely tribute to what I know must have been a wonderful celebration.
Thank you Trace. Two amazing people were joined in marriage, witnessed by friends and relatives who love them dearly. It was a VERY special day!
This is just lovely Joanne! I’m so very happy Nadia and Ian have “officially” united our families and I’m looking forward to seeing the wonderful ways in which we will continue to celebrate this fact every year!
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Lilly, we too are delighted that our families are now joined. Could not have asked for better new relatives!
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