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Monday, July 18, 2016

Susan Kuwana Wedding

Connie invited me to travel with her to Boise to attend her college friend, Susan's, wedding in Boise.  We marveled all the way about the gorgeous weather across the Camas Prairie, through McCall and then onto the Payette River Canyon.  Our native Idaho is the best place to live and enjoy, hands down!
A must stop in McCall - the Pancake House!  We enjoyed a nice lunch and the gorgeous flowers everywhere around the building.

Friday morning the Greenbelt trail along the Boise River beckoned us for a nice walk.  Bikers, walkers, roller blades and kayakers joined us on this gorgeous morning.  Experienced kayakers use the falls from this little dam to practice various river maneuvers!  Everything delighted our senses until we got hungry and headed back to the Riverside Hotel.

The hotel offered yellow city bikes for a free bike ride into the city.
 We rode almost to Broadway, stopping at the Boise Zoo and getting a glimpse of the giraffes who live there.

 Levi met us at Fork and we enjoyed a great lunch outdoors on 8th Street.
He told us all about the Boise scene - so many restaurants on 8th Street, within a short bike ride from his home.  He entertained us with stories of his cat, Alaska, and new brain books he's reading.

The outdoor courtyard at the Riverside provided a perfect place for the ceremony.  Sue's Mom escorted her and Sue's step Dad escorted Renate.

These lovely young cousins dropped petals and carried the rings.  
Connie got to be in the music group after practicing for only 20 minutes!  The songs reflected Susan's love for the Catholic music she played as a guitarist at St. Auggies all those years ago.  
 We met, Karen, Susan's godmother, who at one time lived in Delco, near the Kuwana family.  Susan converted to Catholicism when she was a teenager.  Connie sponsored Sue when she was confirmed at St. Auggie's during the U of I days.  We listened to lovely chamber music in this reception area before moving to a ballroom for a sit down dinner.  

Susan and her team of organizers provided such beauty, down to the lovely lettering on the name cards and gorgeous table settings.  
Love the pictures of these two college friends who have remained good friends for over 40 years.  Below is a picture of Sue's lovely Mom and her second husband.  Her father, Mas, died but was remembered in a large bouquet of white flowers.

Sue's Dad was Japanese and the wedding kimono, umbrellas, and many other symbols decorated the ballroom.  Even the colors and cloth held symbolic meanings.  The name Kuwana symbolizes the mulberry, a tree that is often used for special papers.  I think Sue made many of the 1,000 white origami cranes that hung from a black drape.

I felt all the love and joy present between this couple and their extended families.  I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to witness this lovely event.

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