(I am revising this entry to the blog because some of the pictures appeared as thumbprints, and the labeling got scrambled. Barbara)
Colleen and Deke were married on Thanksgiving Day 2017 in Albion on the Mendocino Coast of Northern California. They chose another holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, to celebrate their marriage with a dinner reception in Boulder, Colorado, where they live.
At the party Piña Coladas, Margaritas, sangria, draft beers, and wine flowed freely. Appetizers included chicken or meat kabobs, bison meatballs, small stuffed potatoes, mozzarella on a skewer with dried pineapple (yum!), and lettuce wraps stuffed with Caesar salad. This was a prelude to a variety of pizzas on the buffet.
Colleen greets the guests as Deke looks on.
Colleen with microphone in one hand, champagne in the other.
Note Colleen’s comfortable Boulder style shoes.
Colleen and Deke greet the crowd. The attentive wait staff listens. Colleen and Deke met the couple (woman with blond hair) on a diving trip in Indonesia. They found out that the couple lived 7 doors down from Colleen and Deke in Boulder!
That is Brandon (Colleen’s brother) standing next to the picture of the violin. Deke’s sister Denise Frau, is seated in the foreground with her 13 year old daughter Keena in the print dress. On the far right is Deke’s mother, Virginia McClelland.
Deke, what is that on the wall behind you?
Colleen and 22 year old son, Wheeler Strand. Wheeler lives in Boulder, also.
As we entered Under the Sun restaurant (closed for the party), Colleen greeted us and showed us the photo booth that was set up for the occasion. That is me (Barbara Wheeler) and my sister, Patricia Zavadil, with Colleen. Patricia lives in Denver.
Lots of Colleen’s cousins attended:
Patricia, Cousin Betsy (Zavadil) Davis, and Barbara in front of Betsy’s house in Denver
Colleen’s brother Brandon with cousin John Zavadil from Albuquerque
Brandon, John Z, and John’s Mom, Patricia Z.
Cousin Dave Smith and Muffy Marshall from Portland, OR. Dave is the oldest of my sister Joan’s children.
Muffy and Betsy hammed it up. Josh Davis, Betsy’s husband, is talking to Betsy’s brother, John Zavadil.
There is Patricia dancing with her daughters, Betsy Davis and Mary Gurierrez.
Patricia, Betsy, Mary, and Josh Davis. Betsy was the leader of the dancing in spite of dealing with breast cancer recently. Mary got me to join them in dancing, too. Cousin Tom Zavadil and his husband, Dean Lindsey, were there, but I missed their picture.
Colleen dancing with Betsy. Betsy daughter Lilly is on the left. Mary’s daughter Elena is on the right.
Deke’s son, Max, age 17, dancing with his girlfriend, Heather. Deke’s son, Sam, age 16, showed up wearing an Irish newsboy flat cap.
The old folks, Clark and Barb, observed the dancing from afar.
The young folks enjoyed the photo booth.
Patricia, Joey, Betsy, Mary
Joey is Mary’s son.
Joey (Mary’s son), Lilly, Wheeler, Elena, Jonathan Mills (Elena’s boyfriend)
Colleen and Deke visited Erin in California, Sept. 26, 2016. I am sure Erin was with them in spirit on this St. Patrick’s Day. Erin loved visiting her cousins in Ireland.