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St. Augustine and The Wedding - 11/2/2018

My third day on this trip began with sharing the sunrise with Sarah, her first since her arrival.


Sarah

In July of 2011 Mom had taken Jake and Sarah on vacation and one of their stops was in St. Augustine, Florida.  So this morning Sarah wanted to show me around the oldest city in in the United States.


The historical area of St. Augustine is called Old City and that is were Sarah and I began our tour.  We walked along Cathedral Place and saw the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, Governor’s House and Flagler College.


Flagler College

Flagler College.


On Cordova Street we stopped and had breakfast at the Maple Street Biscuit Company.  Sarah choose the Biscuit Frenche made of French toast biscuits, with pecans and cinnamon chips baked in, topped with strawberries, and whipped cream.  While I had The Farmer which is a biscuit, fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese and topped with apple butter.


The Farmer

Sarah and I toured Old City St. Augustine, mostly along St. Georges Street.  We saw many shops with arts and crafts, souvenirs and tourist attractions.


Old City

Nearby on the banks of Matanzas Bay is the Castillo de San Marcos.  We walked around the fortification, which is a National Park, taking in the history and sights.


Castillo de San Marcos

The Spanish military flag was flown over the fortress.


Castillo de San Marcos

The evening neared, it was time for the the wedding of Tyler and Katie. Sarah and I loaded into the van with the Kinnisons and Steenrods for the half-hour drive to the wedding.  It was held at the Casa Marina Hotel, a 1925 beachfront hotel in Jacksonville Beach.


As the wedding time approached so did the rain.  The guests nervously gathered in the hotel courtyard for the start of the festivities.  Then the wedding party with Tyler and Katie proceeded into place and the ceremony began.  I felt a few raindrops.


Tyler and Katie

The proceedings were informal and moved along quickly as the threat of rain loomed.  As soon as the couple had finished their vows and shared their first kiss as a married couple, the skies opened up and the rain fell in earnest.  All of the guests moved for coverage from the rain.


We all moved into the hotel’s ballroom which was conveniently located immediately adjacent to the courtyard.  The reception was a beautiful event. It was good to see of the families enjoying the evening together.


The buffet dinner was exceptional.  And being in Florida, I felt it was appropriate that I chose the Hemingway fish as my main course for dinner.v It was really a great evening sharing stories and laughs with family while we ate and drank throughout the evening.


Tyler and Katie proceeded with the traditional reception activities, like cutting the cake and their first dance together.  The DJ kept the music playing and the crowd was really enjoying it. We stayed until the end of the evening's festivities.


Tyler and Katie

We all had a great evening. Congratulations and best wishes, Tyler and Katie.


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