“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.” - Lynnie BUTTERcup (swear to God!!)
Matchmaker matchmaker, make me a match...
Mom's friend Susie Hopper, lived in Minneapolis. Mom was visiting and had coffee with Susie, who insisted that Erin needed to meet her friend, John Livingston .
Before Erin knew it John was coming on a 'blind date' to the Porter Family Reunion. Mom had arranged for a portrait photographer to come to the reunion, which is how they ended up having a portrait taken on their first date.
So they went to England, and while they were in Bath, John popped the big question...
Erin and John had just over a month to plan and pull off a destination wedding. It took place on Little Barndoor Island, which was the family's summer residence. Cousins Kim and Prisca Marvin now own the Main Camp and what was our Guest House. Erin and John hosted a beautiful wedding there.
At their Rehearsal Dinner in Wolfeboro, NH.
Walking down 'the aisle' with her brothers, Nat and Don Porter
Reciting their vows with Alison and Rand as their witnesses
You may now kiss the bride!!!
Nugget was the one and only 'flower child'!!
Who wouldn't want more of this???
Moments after they said their vows!!
Erin and John treated everyone to a good old fashioned New England Lobster luncheon.
Happy times on their honeymoon in Verbier, Switzerland
And at Zermatt, on their way up the Matterhorn. One of Erin's favorite days!!
Dear friends Sue Fearn, Jocelyn Simpson and Leith Robertson at a friends party in Scotland.
Erin on 18 at The Old Course in Scotland
And then at 'The Flume' in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, as traveling is one of their very favorite things to do.
Erin and John in the 'Laura B II', a Goodhue Laker that her Grandfather, Nat Goodhue, built for George Bushell of the J.C. Penney Company for his wife Laura (possibly for her 50th birthday). It is one of the oldest Lakers on Winnipesaukee. The world of Antique Wooden Boats has become a passion for both Erin and John!
Enjoying a dance at Alison and Tim McAdam's wedding
On a hike in Vail CO while visiting Alison and Tim for John's birthday
Taking the "Honey Do" List a little too far......
Enjoying the Reno Air Races
Erin and John with Jo and Brian Jones at the Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. He and Bertrand Piccard were actually the first to successfully orbit the earth in a manned balloon in the capsule seen here.
John and Erin "Turning Japanese" at the Reno Air Races
An early Christmas together, pre-canine period
John trying hard to have the 'prettier hair'!!
In Vail at the Arrowhead Yurt, celebrating John and Rand's birthday.
Needless to say.. ERIN LOVES THIS MAN!!!!!
Robin and Jule enjoying the feast..
The crowd enjoying cocktails..
And cutting the cake with Grammy Porter's cake cutter, to qualify for something old!!
Then off for a post nuptial boat ride in "The Wild Duck", driven by long time family friend, Bobby Hansen
'The Duck', Ann Pete's beautifully restored Chris Craft that Gramp and Mom used to race. What a great day!!