The day before the wedding there was a rehearsal at the wedding site (Fort Adams), followed by a rehearsal dinner for the wedding party and immediate family, followed by a party for all (wedding party, family, and all out-of-town guests) at the Newport Vineyard.

At right, Robert poses with Miriam just outside of the Vineyard; she's still carrying her rehearsal bouquet. Robert and Miriam are both quite tall, and what I really like about this picture is how both of them look normal height in it. Robert confessed that Miriam was really his ideal woman-height--although he'd settle for anyone less than a foot shorter than him (um, that would rule me out. . . ).

There were wine tastings of lots of interesting wines (and one hard cider!), walks through the vineyard (Robert even tasted a grape; though the grapes are still a few weeks away from harvesting, it was delicious), and several lovely food stations.

At left, Sean takes artistic photographs of the grapes, and Robert walks back toward the food stations. We met Miriam's sister and her son walking in the Vineyard, and someone observed that the almost-two-year-old looked pretty happy nibbling on a cracker. "Shh!" Miriam's sister said. "He thinks it's a cookie." We thought it's great when kids are at an age where you can lie to them. . . yes, tasty cookie. Eat the cookie!

Davis's parents chose a wonderful caterer for the party, and we guests enjoyed a mashed potato bar (make-your-own mashed potato martini-glass sundaes), an Asian noodle stir-fry station (cooked-to-order noodles with your choice of toppings and sauces, served in cute take-out containers), a kebob station (beef and fish), cheese and fruit plates, and fabulous desserts (cookies and pastries).

The groom's cake was a Yankees cake, of course, presented by Davis's father along with a long chatty toast about Davis's loyalty to his favorite sports teams.

Everyone had a wonderful evening, and there were shuttle busses available to bring people back and forth from the local hotels. We actually got to meet some of Davis's cousins while waiting for the shuttle at the Travelodge. When the shuttle took awhile to show up, we led a small caravan of cousins (and a great aunt) over to the Vineyard.

At right, Miriam and her mother pose with Sarah toward the end of the evening. All in all, it was a great start to the wedding weekend.


The Rehearsal Party | The Preparations | The Ceremony

The Kiss and the Cannon Salute | The Clambake | The Cocktail Hour | The Reception

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