Tuesday, 20 September 2011

The Great's 60th Wedding Anniversary

The Great's celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary two weekends ago with a huge bang. Two days after the cousin's wedding, the whole family gathered in Toome at the White Bridge Hotel for a lovely evening of food and dancing.

It's so nice to be part of a big extended family. All the aunties and uncles were there as well as most of the cousins. Some of who we really don't get to hang out with that much because they live in England or the south of Ireland. What's so great is that everyone get's along so well and have such a good time together.

The night started with a private mass at the Desertmartin parish followed by a buffet at the hotel.There were 142 people at this party. Distant cousins, long time friends, and more family. It was funny because I was meeting many people for the first time, but everyone knew who I was. I was the "American" that married one of the grandsons. O of course was a star because she was on the dance floor until she passed out in the corner in a cot (again). The band was so-so or even not that great, but everyone was in such a lively mood that the dance floor was never empty. Plus it was an older crowd so they loved all the old waltz that they kept playing.

The best part of the night I have to say was when the Greats got up and danced with all 9 of their children. It was such a sight to see and so touching that there was definitely a tear shed. It was a great night had by all and ended into the wee hours of the morning.

Here are some pictures of the night. You will all get a great sense at just how big my husband's family really is with a few of them.

O with the two youngest cousins

One of the place settings. There were 12 tables and each table was named after a different family member. From the Greats, all the children, and even Jack the dog. The pictures were all of them when they were younger. As you can see Uncle L is behind his photo.

The cousins and partners at our table.

O playing with Mommy's phone while we waited for dinner.

The Greats cutting the cake.

All the children. For some reason my MIL is missing in this one.

This is most of the extended family.  There are a few people missing, but it's still alot of people.

Adding a few more people to the picture.

O with the Greats watching the slide show.

The two babies crashed out.

My husband at the end of the night. I'm so proud!

oíche mhaith

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