It’s the big weekend.
My step-son Nick and his finance` Samantha (“Sam”) make it official this weekend at the DeLille Winery in Woodinville, Washington.
This will be the culmination of over a year of planning, spear-headed by Sam, with exact precision and very calculated planning, using her Microsoft Project Manager experience to the tee. She set up a website, has speadsheets in the cloud on who’s coming and who couldn’t make it, where they’re coming from, where they’re staying, you name it. She had the benefit of her twin sister getting married last year, which gave her great perspective on how she wanted their wedding to go. Usually you plan this and have to settle for that, but Sam has led the charge and made this the wedding of their dreams.
I got to know Nick when he was still living at home after I married his mom 8 years ago. Wow, 8 years. He was still in high school, so I got to watch him go through the University of Washington, join a fraternity and become his own person, dealing with challenges, adversity and everything else that comes with college life. Nick also got to discover the good things, including meeting a remarkable young woman named Samantha.
Nick and Sam have already forged a good life together, with plans for big trips, to eventually buy a home and being awesome owners (more like parents) to their dog, Teddy.
I get to make a toast at the rehearsal dinner Friday night. I’ll keep it short and sweet with a few laughs, because not much really needs to be said. They are a couple of wonderful souls, who found each other and have a lifetime of adventure ahead. What’s not to celebrate?
Congrats, you two!