Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Friday, April 4, 2014

Bridges Gone Crazy, Wedding Date and Grebes~

In recent months I joined an online group of KY Bird alerts. 
Those alerts have taken me to locate the Barred Owl that I have shared, as well as many birds I had seen and many I had never heard of, let alone seen and they were mostly all down by the Ohio River, or near there, driving along the scenic route we take into the city, or a couple just across the lane from Cave Hill, where we go nearly every Wednesday, but we would have never known of the visitors to the area, had I not received these alerts...

Bridges are such amazing structures, and I decided to get a little artsy with a few of them in this post, otherwise they are just so boring;)

Our youngest daughter has been searching for a position here in Kentucky for over a year, her background being in the film production industry...there was not much going on here for her. 
Two weeks ago she learned of a position in Florida, had all of her interviews, done via using Skype, and, or phone and they made her an offer she could not refuse. 
She was planning on being married this year anyway and she and her Matty did not want to go to Florida without being married first. 
We planned a wedding in less than 6 days...non-traditional, yet very traditional, they walked the isle barefoot, in our home church and someone said, that "all weddings, should be so sweet and easy flowing as their wedding was." 
It was a whirlwind week, and this week we saw them off to Florida.
It was bitter/sweet bidding them farewell, and then mother nature is wrecking our back yard once again, all photos will be shared in a second post for this week, I have just hesitated to share before now.
 I must apologize then for being totally absent from viewing any of your shares this past week~   

Remember to double click on the image, to view a larger slide show of the images shared
 I will also be linking up with Mary at:
Mosaic Monday

As well as I am linking up with Stewart at:
   Wild Bird Wednesday

 Above is a Red-necked Grebe
Below is my youngest daughter Ashleigh on her wedding day to Matthew, fondly called Matty~ 

Red-necked Grebe

Old birds nests remain along the water's edge as well as berries that had not yet been eaten by a resident Mockingbird~

The wedding ceremony~ 
Red-necked Grebe~

 My 90 year old father-in-law...
Dr. William Cromer was able to attend the wedding and we were so delighted~

It all turned out beautifully~

My 3 daughters, grand-daughter, sons-in-law and 3 of our 4 grandsons shown in mosaic below, along with Dad~

 Ashleigh's best friends stood with her after the wedding, Connie on left lives here and Erin on right flew in a few days before from Houston, Texas...
I am telling you, it was a whirlwind affair ;)
Horned Grebe~

Pied-billed Grebe~



  1. Hi Mary! Your daughter is just so lovely, and thank you for letting us look in on her wedding. I like what you did with the "bridge" shots too. Nicely done! Your photo collages are always a joy to see.

  2. The bridge is a stunner, and there also was Red necked Grebe, amazing. At 99 years of age, well I don't have to worry then, lol.

  3. congratulations on the marriage and the new job for your daughter! and good luck to them in florida!

  4. Oh how exciting to have a whirlwind wedding in the family. It just goes to show that it can be done without all the expense and hoopla and still be as beautiful and meaningful a day. Congratulations! I love the bridge photos and edits to them. Thanks for sharing your daughter's special day and I hope you now have a chance to relax for a bit. Pamela

  5. Congratulations to your daughter! Nice photos of the bridges!

  6. My goodness what a week for you Mary! Lovely girls and grandchildren, also bridges and particularly the shot of the place where the red-headed grebe had been.
    Congratulations to your lovely young couple, may their life be sunny and their days happy ones.

  7. What a miracle woman you are -- you put together a wonderful wedding. And shared it all, along with your wonderful birds in this lovely post. Congratulations to your lovely daughter and her lucky husband.

  8. He is 90 but full of spirit :-)

  9. Mary, congrats to your daughter and new SIL.. Exciting news about the new job and move to Florida! Beautiful wedding photos! I love the Grebe and the bridges too. Enjoy your new week ahead!

  10. Your family did well to have the wedding at short notice and everyone looks like they're having a good time. Congrats to your lovely daughter and new hubby, hope all goes well in Florida.

  11. Oh as always I love your bird photos but what a treat to see these wonderful wedding photos as well! :)

  12. Bridges, birds and a bride. What a great combination post. What a dizzying week, but so much fun. Your girls are beautiful. Love the artsy bridge shots! And the grebes.

  13. What wonderful pictures of your family and the wedding. You all made some memories! Congratulations. Your daughter is lovely. Wow you must be tired. The bridge photos are amazing. So. Ice your father in law was well enough to attend.

  14. Mary your daughter Ashleigh has inherited your beauty. I am sure within as well as on the inside. I wish her well for her new career and her and her husband a wonderful life together. Thanks for sharing their day with us. Organized a wedding in 6 days! that's the way to do it!
    Have a lovely week Mary. Blessings.

  15. Hi Mary,

    What a celebration! Your beautiful daughter, Ashleigh, and her handsome groom, Matty,surrounded by friends and family to share their wonderful day, must have been such a treat for all! Congratulations to the happy couple!

    Gorgeous mosaics of the landscape, the berries and birds, as usual! My goodness, you certainly have had a busy time in the last few weeks!

    Thanks for sharing and have a lovely week!


  16. Hi Mary. Thanks for sharing your druthers wedding day with us. Looks such a happy day. Love the bridges and the edits and all the different collage.

  17. Congratulations on surviving a whirlwind wedding with such grace. Beautifully simple. The bridges are superb as are the birds.

  18. Looks like a beautiful wedding and you have a gorgeous daughter. Bittersweet indeed. Fantastic set of photos too.

  19. Superb post. some of your images are simply outstanding. I love the artie bridges and buildings, you got great results.

  20. Hi and Gongrats on the wedding Mary. I am just a little disappointed I didn't get the invite - ah well such is life. Just kidding.

    It's a shame Ashleigh is off to Florida, but looking on the bright side that sounds like a good few excuses to visit and do some Florida birding.

    I love the way you juxtaposed those pictures of bridges, wedding, family, birds etc. The bridge pictures are especially artisitic and I guess only you would have thought to do those the way you have.

    Have a lovely weekend and take a well-earned rest before tackling that garden again.

  21. I so enjoyed the rhythm of your sequence of images, the wedding and your beautiful families! That stark bridge rendition is fantastic!

  22. Beautiful bride, and the wedding just perfect, so quaint....Loved the idea of using bridges and birds, both, means of crossing! It is a bittersweet moment when our children leave the nest, and either cross that bridge or fly the coup...LOL! ;) They're always be our ba-bees tho and that bridge is always there, but deep down we really want them to have their own wings and fly, soar, as high as they can go! <3 Congrats, beautiful family, wedding and photos!


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