By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 9/18/2018
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Photos of the reception following the ceremony.

As soon as the ceremony was concluded, we continued with a reception, toasts, and a chance to eat up all that food! John, Charly, and I took turns running around with the camera taking pictures of everyone we could find.

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Rob embracing his old family friend, David.

Aunt Connie congratulating Karen. Tom and 'Littke' Rob are behind them:

Gianna wanted Mommy to hold her. Or maybe to take her to the playground. Sometimes it's hard to tell.

Karen really looks up to Chip.

And adores her little brother John (as we all do).

Betsy and David

Betsy and David

L2R: Karen, Snow, Kristen, Sharley, Aunt Connie

L2R: Karen, Snow, Kristen, Sharley, Aunt Connie

Meanwhile, Gianna—always watched closely, even when she didn't know she was—happy with the relative quiet of the far end of the yard, meditated on the meaning of life. Or something. She also added a few dead leaves to the pool.

Rob's cousin Tom.

Rob's cousin Tom.

Snow was, of course, a natural with Dominic. She should be, after having raised twins and a daughter!

L2R: Dawn, Ben, Patty, Tom

L2R: Dawn, Ben, Patty, Tom

L2R: Kristen, John, Nycole, Rob, Karen

L2R: Kristen, John, Nycole, Rob, Karen

Snow and Connie watched Dominic while 'Little' Rob and Charly looked on.

Jenny finally got Dominic back for a moment, but then had to put him in the Baby Throne when the call went out that the formal wedding photos were about to be taken.

After the formal pictures (which you'll see in the next section), it was time for the toasts. Ben started with a poem, which he opened by warning it would contain no iambic pentameter. He included in it a warning to Karen that, marrying one identical twin pretty much meant marrying both of them...to which Karen agreed.

Chip then proceeded to tell us how proud he was of his son, and how happy he was to welcome Karen into the family.

I then managed to give a little speech of my own. It was easy—I'm so proud of Karen anyway; and I love Rob like a son and Ben too, for that matter.

Then it was time for Karen to toss her bouquet, and Rob to toss her garter, into the mixed crowd of single people. Ben caught the bouquet and Michael caught the garter; and according to tradition, whoever catches the garter is supposed to put it on the one who caught the bouquet. Luckily both of them are gay.