...for all of the kind wishes over the past few day as Ms Rivers and I became husband and wife.
I also want to mention a few folks who helped make the day a particularly joyful event for us.
Special Thanks To...
...the staff of the East Mountain Inn, especially Mandy Loeffler, for all of their hard work with arrangements and coordination. If you are looking for a great place for a wedding reception check them out. The food was wonderful and the service, from everyone we encountered, was terrific.
...Mike Torres for working with us on reception music. The sound was great and Mike was terrific in helping us fine-tune out song sets. A consummate professional who we highly recommend.
...our photographer, Lindsay Rosar, for the hours she invested in our event. When we were thinking about wedding photographs, we wanted to do something special, and as luck would have it, the "special" part was helping Lindsay establish herself as a wedding photographer. I predict she will have a long and successful photography career.
...the Reverend David Rivers, for being our officiant. It was a wonderful feeling to be married by my (now) father-in-law.
...Dr John Rivers for traveling all the way from Qatar in order to "give his sister away".
...Julie Rivers for her wonderful remarks and toast to the bride and groom. Sadly yes, she now has to share her sister with me, but I promise to be worthy of that honor.
...our children...my three daughters and Ms Rivers two sons...for standing with us and participating in the ceremony. That meant more to us than we could ever possibly express.
Lastly, I'd like to thank God for the gift of second chances. If anything, life teaches us all that it's never too late to start anew; we just have to be open to the lesson.