For Palo Verde and Cassandra, it was a beautiful wedding.
For Acacia, who baked a chicken, a white-and-black tiered cake, and an apple pie, it was a night of revelation.
For Paris, it was an occasion for embarrassment.
For Mesquite, there was only music.
For Anya, there was… whatever.
For Manzanita, it was a chance to feel the power of her true self.
For Kyler, it was an event containing all the complexity of family: love, needs, conflicts, resolution, happiness, and a sense of impending departure and sorrow.
In other words, it was a family affair.
Cassandra was adorable flirting with PV at the bar.
They fell into a deep conversation, and she revealed to him her fear of commitment.
Kyler, who overheard the conversation, wasn’t concerned. In fact, he took it as a good sign that she would confess her worries so openly before the ceremony.
Eduardo had a bit of a thing for Paris.
But Paris didn’t take kindly to Eduardo’s flirtations. He had the “awkward encounter” moodlet and kept having thought-bubbles with Eduardo’s image and the red line through it. “No Eduardo.” Don’t worry, Paris! I get the message!
Acacia cooked up a storm. It was fine while Kyler sat at the patio kitchen to keep her company.
But later, when Manzanita ate her supper out there, Acacia discovered Manzanita’s hidden trait. I cancelled out a few exchanges to prevent it from getting ugly. Bummer. And again, no photos. I find Manzy so captivating that, while I store all sorts of images of her in my mind’s eye, I somehow never manage to actually press “C”.
Cedar showed up to paint a wedding present for the happy couple.
It was a beautiful ceremony.
Palo Verde was adorably bashful.
Cassandra quoted Shakespeare.
After the ceremony, PV was so happy that he broke out the confetti-shooter!
With hours left on the party meter, and a gold medal fully in place, the family used the remaining time to catch up on neglected chores.
Acacia, with her super-fix-up, insta-repair abilities, fixed all the appliances that broke during the party. (Why is it that stuff always breaks during weddings?)
Not to be out-done in helpfulness, the bride even chipped in to wash dishes.
When she had a few minutes alone, Cassandra took a moment to reflect on her good fortune.
At moments when our hearts are deeply stirred, we turn to well-trusted words.