Saturday was one of the happiest days of my life: My beautiful daughter, Olivia, my only child, was married in our home to J.R. Lind, my son-in-law and my friend. I don't have to tell you what a beautiful couple they made. (Photos by our precious friend, Jenny Maldonado.)
She wore a gown of tulle, organza and silk shantung, and a chapel length tulle veil. She carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas, roses and lilies. Our friend, Councilman Jason Holleman, officiated.
Not only have I gained the best son-in-law ever, I consider myself blessed to count Cathy and Jim Lind among my friends. I've always had the incredible friendship of Olivia's father, Ken Quillen.
I cannot remember when I had as much fun designing and creating a dress. Olivia wanted pouf, so a layer of satin, four layers of tulle and three tiers of organza later, she got what she wanted. She produced a picture of the headpiece she wanted a week ago (eeeek!), but it was as easy as it was fun. Veil was a no brainer. Something old: antique French lace on her garter; something new: her dress; something borrowed: sister-in-law Julie's beautiful necklace; something blue: a tiny blue knotted heirloom bow on her garter.
Best part of the wedding attire, hands down, though, were the emerald green Chuck Taylor sneakers worn not only by bride and groom but also by the guest of honor, their nephew Miller Moore of Atlanta.
J.R.'s sister, Julie Moore, and her adorable family, Brian, Miller and the newest member, Mason, helped make the day a perfect one.
There was but one attendant, but that's all you need when you have one as fine as Jackington Lind. He wore a green bow tie, much like his dad's. For those who don't know J.R., the bow tie is his signature look, and Jack acquired the taste soon after J.R. and Olivia met.
What we all love most about J.R. and Olivia is their off-beat and very entertaining sense of humor. And that J.R. is a Jeopardy
champion. And that they are Predators hockey fans. In fact, after a wedding luncheon at Noshville, we celebrated in a suite at Saturday's Predators game. They got some great face time and a big congratulations on the Megatron. Our opponents: the Phoenix Coyotes, who played on the night of Olivia and J.R.'s first hockey date. (Preds lost both games.)
The most spectacular wedding of the year, no doubt, will be that of Kate Middleton and Prince William. It will outdo and eclipse EVERY OTHER WEDDING this year (and some of you know exactly why that makes me smile). But no wedding will be prettier, sweeter and more filled with love than the one held last Saturday in my home. May J.R. and Olivia's home be filled with as much joy as each of them has brought into all of ours.