Tamiko left first, flying to Durham, NC. Brynne finished her two-month internship with the Piedmont Wildlife Center at the wildlife rehabilitation clinic, and was waiting at the Raleigh-Durham airport. Tamiko & Brynne started driving towards Rhode Island.
Kent flew directly to Rhode Island. He spent the evening "baching it" (bachelor party for Erich) with Kyle and Erich, and other members of the extended family which included several McCoys, at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket. The Triple A Buffalo Bisons beat the home team Paw Sox.
Deciding not to stay in a hotel, Tamiko & Brynne continued driving and arrived at the Johnson & Wales Inn at 2:00 AM. They called Kent's cell phone and listened at doors for the ring tone, to find their room!
Continuing on Friday, July 10th:
Kent didn't awaken to the cell phone, but was up to wait for his ride to play golf with the boys (more bachelor partying?). He was still waiting for his ride when Tamiko & Brynne went to breakfast, and still waiting when they went off on errands.
What errands? Okay, they went to see if they could get tires from BJ's.
They had lunch at a "landmark" diner in Rumford, which they had never been to before, as it used to be a Chinese restaurant when they lived in town. The China Star or the "China dinah" was in business from 1964 to 2000. When established in 1951, it was Keenan's Diner. As the Star Diner, it has been open only since February 2009, but it has starred in a couple film projects, including Showtime's "Brotherhood".
Kent had a memorable golf outing at Touisset CC.
All the guests received a lovely hospitality bag with information about local activities, and chocolate chip cookies! Some people were very busy this last week preparing for the wedding!
The Rehearsal Dinner was held at Mary Jane's and Barney's place in Tiverton. What a view from their back yard, especially at sunset!
Clam chowder, steamed clams (quahogs?) and mussels, grilled chicken and steaks, several salads and corn on the cob, and brownies. A regional feast for a huge gathering of family and friends, many meeting for the first time.
Saturday, July 11th:
Tamiko took Brynne to The Stone House to have her hair done, but a) they were early and b) they couldn't find The Stone House. Stopped at Tiverton's Five Corners to scout out The Meeting Place, site of the wedding, where they spotted a bullfrog (and heard many more). The frogs were enjoying RI's rainy weather, but today promised to be sunny and clear.
Also wandered through Gallery 4 that was featuring paintings by Thai elephants; they've been trained to paint certain strokes to approximate certain subjects.Didn't drive far enough the first time, but this time found the newly renovated hotel almost at Sakonnet Point in Little Compton.They met the hairdresser, but no one else was there. Couldn't get into the room without the "Guest", which was Vivian! Once we did get in, ooh la la!
Denise, Vivian, (Nicole), Hairdresser:Tamiko left Brynne, not to be seen again until the wedding, and saw a guy in a suit chase gulls from a picnic set up on the lawn for human guests.Too late to join Kent, Mike and Ryan for lunch, Tamiko grabbed a sandwich at the Provender at Tiverton Five Corners. Saw Johanna and Howard, Cristian and Nicky (from Iowa and Johanna is Vivian's godmother) at Gray's Ice Cream. WE were doing the RI thing! (Howard has pictures from the Rehearsal Dinner and Wedding.
Having been warned not to be late, the Stumpe clan gave themselves plenty of time to get to The Meeting House, so of course, there was an accident on Route 195 that slowed traffic to a standstill. We saw flashing red lights ahead, but by the time we passed the area, nothing was left. A nightmare? But most importantly, we arrived before the bride!
(The Meeting House before it was decorated.) The Wedding Program/Fan/Mini-pouch of Lavender Buds to be thrown at the new couple for good luck, fertility, and abundance, and it's eco-friendly besides! Barney provided the wedding music, and his band played at the reception. Here comes Evie dropping flower petals, Brynne, and Dylan. Evie's parents (Vivian's brother, Patrick, and his wife, Kelly, accompanied the two-year olds. Vivian was given away by her other brother, Colin.Vivian wore a gorgeous gown with a bead-encrusted bodice and a flowing pleated skirt over the satin skirt. Erich wore a linen suit with white shirt and a lime-green patterned tie.We were very impressed with the whole wedding event, and thank all those who worked so hard to make it special. We have already welcomed Vivian into our family, but of course, we are happy that it is now official!
Vivian, Erich, Kyle, Ben:
The other fellows in the wedding party went tie-less. Kyle was best man and Ben was the usher. Denise, maid of honor, and Brynne, bridesmaid, wore a classic navy shift with straps.
Brynne, (Denise), Colin, Vivian, Erich, Ben, Peter (Photo by Ada): Vivian, Erich, Dylan, Peter (Photo by Ada):
Brynne, Vivian, Denise
Ben, Erich, Kyle
Most of the Stumpe Clan: Mike, Tamiko, Kent, Kyle, Erich, Ada, Bert, Ryan:
The Stumpe Boys: Vivian and Erich with Grandma & Grandpa:
Mike and fresh flower centerpieces from Mary Jane's garden:The reception dinner was fantastic. There were three stations although most people lined up at the salad station first. Next was a pasta station with three choices, and finally the entrees with grilled vegetables, meat and fish. Something for everyone.
Kyle presents his toast:
Kyle presents his toast:
Denise makes a speech: Another Mr & Mrs Stumpe: First Dance: Family Dance: Mary Jane with Dylan, Vivian, Erich, (Denise) (Photo by Ada): The Wedding Cake(s): The Cake Topper with sugar flowers:Ryan enjoys his flowered cupcake (they came in flavors of chocolate, strawberry and almond!).The youngest and the oldest had early bedtimes, so the Stumpe clan left as the sun went down.