Amidst all the chaos of this summer, we were delighted to attend a few weddings. It’s very nourishing to hear the vows again and witness such a holy union. And the classic phrase, “in sickness and in health” carries much more for us as a couple now!
At the end of July, we cycled down to Williamsburg for the wedding of my old roommate from W&M, E and her man TJ. The scenery wasn’t as lovely as our touring trip along the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, but we definitely enjoyed the flat terrain. Thursday evening, we actually got a ride out of Northern Virginia with our CSA farmer, Matt. A complete post about our CSA is pending…. but suffice it to say Matt is a barefoot (no, not Vibrams, actual bare feet!) white Rasta who singlehandedly farms the acre by hand (no powered machinery). We’ve been eating tomatoes that are sweetened by sunshine to perfection! We ate a few like apples before cycling off from Catlett, Virginia. Friday we biked in record heat, dipping our bodies in the tepid creeks we crossed whenever possible. After passing through Bowling Green, Rt 301/2 became treacherous, with huge semis rattling our bones as they sporadically flew past us. But we found some safer and more scenic detours before an anti-climatic finish to our 80 mile day in Mechanicsville – one of those poor towns divided into two: rundown walkable old town and thriving spread-out Walmartville. Saturday we arrived in the picturesque James River area where our friends C & S and their beautiful 3 daughters hosted us.
The wedding was at Peace Hill, the extraordinary church I’d attended while at W&M. The wedding was quintessential E. She was stunning in a vintage dress sewn by her talented mother, with a hem short enough to show off her amazing robin’s egg blue shoes. The reception featured a knee-slapping blue grass band and a gorgeous collection of pies. It was a rich time of celebration and catching up with old friends. What really blew my socks off were the wedding favors – TJ hand threw beautiful plates and E and her mutter made delicious home-made jams for each guest! How spoilt we were!