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!
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.
|The Stone House|
|Denise, Vivian, (Nicole), Hairdresser in guest room|
|Guest room fireplace|
|Gulls chased from lawn picnic|
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!
|Entrance to The Meeting House grounds|
|The Meeting House before being decorated|
|Wedding Program fan|
|Barney waits for the bride to arrive|
|Evie, Brynne, Dylan|
|Vivian, Erich, Kyle, Ben|
|Brynne, (Denise), Colin, Vivian, Erich, Ben, Peter (Photo by Ada)|
|Vivian, Erich, Dylan, Peter (Photo by Ada)|
Brynne, Vivian, Denise
Ben, Erich, Kyle
|The Wedding Party|
|Most of the Stumpe Clan: Mike, Tamiko, Kent, Kyle, Erich, Ada, Bert, Ryan|
|The Stumpe Boys|
|Vivian and Erich with Grandma & Grandpa|
|Dylan with his Uncle Kyle (Photo by Ada)|
|Mike and fresh flower centerpieces,|
from Mary Jane's garden
|Kyle presents his toast|
|Denise makes a speech|
|Another Mr & Mrs Stumpe|
|Family dance: Mary Jane with Dylan,|
Vivian, Erich, (Denise) (Photo by Ada)
|The Wedding Cake(s)|
|The cake topper with sugar flowers|
|Another cupcake flower|