Tuesday, October 15, 2013


 A Funeral and a Wedding

Mr. amd Mrs. Matthew Linhares
Services for my father were the day before, on Thursday......
Friday night my sister Lori and her husband Ken held the rehearsal dinner at Marianni's.
Highlight of the evening was when our long lost foster brother Laurie Yee came to the dinner. I hadn't seen him in 20 years - he is a chef for Google.  We all had a marvelous time catching up.  Our other brother, Jack, couldn't make the dinner - but I am so happy we reunited with both of them again!
Cousin Walter Sandmann, My sister, Lori Girl and my brother, Laurie Boy!
Saturday Lori and Ken hosted the wedding and reception of their  son Matthew Linhares  to Geraldine Linarte,  for about 200 guests.
Santa Clara Mission Church
The Bride arrives in style
St. Mark, Jaden and Jacob
My sister Lori and her hubby, Ken
waiting for the bride...
married at last!
i added this picture because my sons (Sky on the right, Vince on the left) were asked to bring up the Offertory Gifts for the Mass.  They are not religious, and were surprised, but willingly participated....
Geraldine, the Bride, and the entire Linhares gang
The wedding party
Lori and Ken enjoying the moment....
It was a beautiful wedding, and a gorgeous reception.  Lori designed  and made/supervised construction of the invitations, the church bows, the garters, the ring pillow, the table centerpieces, the place cards, .... well everything!  She is amazingly talented and the results were stunning! Guests were treated to candies apples and mini apple baskets of candy

The Bride and groom greet their guests...
Juliette, Ally and Gina
my Aunts..4 sisters and best friends!

The best man - Jeffrey
orange orchids....

so many bows to tie!
dancing aunts and Gigi
93 yr old Henry dancng with a babe!

 Bridesmaid /flower girl jewelry.  The theme was autumn ....

swarovski crystal earrings on gf chain, and a awarovski leaf pendant with a gf bail and chain.
...the presentation card
The flower girl had 2 crystal bracelets and an autumn fairy wand too (in lieu of flower petals)

...and to top it off....
The next morning Lori and Ken hosted a breakfast at their house for about 40 guests......
It was mexican traditional comfort food - chorizo and fresh tortillas....and dozens of donuts!

Whew!  What a week it was!
Monday i fly to LA to start a new job...."Twisted".......


Amber Dawn Inventive Soul said...

<3 The colors and decorations of the wedding are so nice! What a pleasant looking event! :)

Aileen said...

Looks like a beautiful wedding,bthanks for sharing :-)

Joanne Huffman said...

How wonderful to have such a beautiful and happy event! I can see the family love in the pictures. I hope you have a great time in LA - I like knowing you're on the same continent.

sharonsandovalstarr@yahoo.com said...

I am so sad that I missed another family event.... I can see that I missed SUCH a good time with my family. Thank you, Connie for posting all of these photos - this at least gives me the opportunity to feel somewhat inluded.
Lori did a beautiful job - such talent! My Mama brought me home some of the wedding favors - soooo cute!
I will forever miss your Daddy's hugs, and the sound of his voice.
Wishing you the best of luck with "Twisted"!