I wont mince words. It’s been more than six months since I have blogged, and I got married!
Very simply, I met the guy of my dreams in January, his name is Patrick McHugh: funny, self-deprecating, the best dad ever, smart, and extremely caring. I referred to him in my previous post (way back in February).
I met him for coffee the last day of Craft Napa (January 23rd); one week later we told each other we loved each other, three weeks later we were engaged. We set the date for August 14, and despite all of the fire/drought/heat threats…it was the absolute perfect day.
I made him a quilt (above and behind us, about our relationship), which I gave to him the night before during “Happy Hour” in the barn. (I’ll post more about the quilt in a later post.) All pictures in this post by caitlinoreillyphotography.
And a slew of quilters took the call to action and arrived with quilts to adorn the ceremony.
Cindy’s daughters (my BFF from high school) gave me away.
Tyrion was my ring bearer, along with his new best friend, a new nephew of mine, Bromley. (Judy Coates Perez is holding him. I’m pretty sure he wants to live with her.)
Quilter, art teacher, author, and fabric designer, Carrie Bloomston was our amazing officiant. I asked her if she’d be interested and she jumped– and in usual Carrie Bloomston fashion– hit it out of the park with her words and touches on the ceremony. Just incredible and so personal.
I didn’t know how to tackle this post; there is so much emotion writing this, and it’s been so long since I have posted anything. I honestly never truly thought I’d get married again, but it happened for me a decade after being alone/divorced. I am incredibly grateful. For anyone out there thinking they may never find anyone again, have hope. Keep looking.
I will write more later about the wedding…there is too much to pack into one post, but I’ll close with this video that Erik Holland, videographer made. It’s 5 minutes and I will watch this every day for the rest of my life. 🙂
What a joyful, joyful post! Congratulations and best wishes to you both.
Thank you, Janice! 🙂
Congratulations. How wonderful, much happiness in your life together as one ❤️
Thank you, Linda!
Congratulations to both of you! Your meeting & story is similar to ours 52 years ago on August 16. When you know you know, and marriage is always a work in progress each day.
So true, when you know, you know. For us it was our second date. 🙂
I am so, so happy for both of you!!! It seems a miracle that you only met this year and are already married. Congratulations!!!
Thank you, Sherrie! 🙂
Wonderful news, you look absolutely stunning, & Patrick’s not too shabby either. 😛
My husband & I were engaged 6 weeks after we met, & married a year later. We celebrated our 42nd anniversary last Wednesday.
I met you a million years ago at a wonderful workshop you gave on ATC’s at the Sydney (Australia) quilt show.
Thank you, Jan! Happy 42nd to you! And I absolutely LOVED that Sydney show…that was either 2005 or 2006. Had the best time there!
What fantastic news! May you and Patrick be blessed forever. 💚💚💚
Thank you, Vicki. I hope you and the Quilts Inc. crew are doing well! I know yet another storm is battering the coast of Texas/Houston soon. Stay safe…thinking of all of you…
Wishing you all the best. May the rest of your lives together be as joyful as on your wedding day.
My hope, too, Pat. Thank you! I hope you are well!
Best wishes always and forever! Live your dream everyday!
Thank you, Geri!
I am so happy for you both!
I was wondering, there was a bit of magic in that last post.
Thank you so much, Cleo!
This video is wonderful and it totally captures the LOVE and spirit of this magical day.
You and Patrick have been blessed…
Thank you for sharing! ♥️🌈🥂
Thank you, Sheila. All the hearts and rainbows right back at ya’. 🙂
Congratulations! Such a beautiful day!
Thank you so much, Joy!
Congratulations Pokey. Wishing you the best!
Thank you, Deborah!
Beautiful. Congratulations. So very happy for you both.
Thank you, Connie!
Thank you, Jean!
So happy for you both…brought a tear to my eyes….fantastic!
Thank you, Robbie. 🙂
Congratulations!!!!! How wonderful. Wishing you and your loved one many happy years! Your wedding pictures are truly beautiful. Best wishes!
Thank you so much, Robyn! 🙂
Hi Pokey and Patrick!
So happy for you both! Wishing you all the best!
Mike and I just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary this past May and we are loving retirement after closing Quiltropolis last year. I love reading your posts and hearing about what you’ve been up to. Maybe I’ll get a chance to come out to one of your quilt retreats. That would be awesome!
Beth! Happy 50th! Congratulations!And huge congrats on all you’ve done with Quiltropolis. That was a lot of work. Hope to see you sometime if you come out this way or to a retreat here. Let me know, and thank you for the kind words! 🙂
Congratulations! What a beautiful post and beautiful day. Such joy shared. I feel as though I know you like so many others through your previous magazine and tv show. Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with all of us. I wish you happiness for the rest of your life.