Our first evening, we joined the family and friends at the community center in
Donnezac and Lydie's mother and stepfather's home near Rapion, making
decorations for the reception. We ended the evening with dinner, which ended at
about eleven in the evening. Our brilliant niece didn't think she'd ever had dinner so
late, or such a fine repas!
|Le Capitain helps move chairs
We joined in
leaves to make
a green path
for the bride
and groom to
take into the
city hall and
|Le Capitain had
with Romain two
years ago when
we last visited.
under the dinner
The next day, the wedding party gathers at the city hall in
Saint Aubin de Blaye for the civil ceremony, conducted
by the mayor. Above, the mothers are dressed in wine
colors, the groom's mother sporting a festive headdress.
We left the city hall
and began to walk
up the street to Saint
Apollonie Church to
let God know they
|Lydie got a tattoo of
a little blue dolphin
when she lived with
us. We told her
then we'd next see it
at her wedding...
Lydie enters Saint Apollonie on the arm of her father, Jean-Paul, and
comes out hand-in-hand with her husband Gwenaël.
Gwen and Lydie
welcomed Samuel into
their family on
I think he looks like
Lydie lived with us in Florida in 1997 and 1998. She was perfecting her
English in a school there, and we did our best to Americanize and
colloquialize her vocabulary. We last visited with her two years ago during a
trip to Toulouse. Earlier this year, she announced her engagement to
Gwenaël, an oenologist she met while working in a Bordeaux chateau in
Pauillac. We decided to accept her invitation to her wedding, and take
along our ten-year-old niece.