Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cast of Characters and Opening Logistics

Melva (paternal grandmother) Abigail with (mother) Billie Plunk

The day before the wedding it was pouring in Southern California. The weather prediction was 34% chance of rain. Were we glad to see Palm fronds waving in the sky? You betcha.

Traffic can be tricky in Southern California, however with many schools already on vacation, it was clear sailing to Long Beach after dropping the puppies off for their adventure in boarding school. 
The wedding "chicks" gather  to get dressed later
Wedding parties arrive ahead of other passengers, which made it easy to find our group. Our ID's were checked for cruise or wedding only.

Taylor and  TJ with mom Eiron Wilson of Wyoming
 Some of the cousins flew in from Wyoming, making the most of the opportunity by attaching tourist fun to the trip

Melva with sons Gerald and Eric Plunk. Two of his children, Alden and Eric Samuel
4 days limited the number of people who could stay the full cruise. Being able to make arrangementsfor people who have a long-standing relationship with the couple allowed the ceremony to be more emotionally complete.

Justin Clark, Tony Baiza and Paul Edwards.

 Loyalty and fidelity are typical of Kenny. The "men in black" above- they have known Kenny since kindergarten. I don't expect that is the social norm among males in a mobile environment. 

Shannon with nephew. A hair stylist is always on duty, even at her own wedding):-  
The taco truck did a brisk business before we were called on board.  Many of the missing in these photographs were grabbing bites from what Californians affectionately call "roach coaches"):-

Most of the cruisers had to wait to get in their rooms. However Shannon had use of her parent's suite to dress, and Kenny had use of ours. Until she walked down the aisle, the groom did not see the bride.

Probably the best splurge for us was to book a balcony room. The plan was easy access to fresh air and maybe company to enjoy the bottle of bubbly in our cabin. Room service was quick and we're much more at ease on our own than in the packs that roam on deck.

The best practical decision (behind boarding the dogs) was to take the cell phones with us. Useless once we crossed into Mexican waters, the logistics of the first day were much more easily navigated with communication. At the end of the trip, when we had to coordinate finding Trevor to get him to his LAX flight- the peace of mind  in coordinating his departure with ours was priceless.

Shannon Morris with Craig

As a working journalist- turning off the instinct to record every event needed to be turned off. My role was to be the  mother of the groom. Hence the photo record is not complete. However, my gene of observation cannot ever be totally disengaged.

This is my struggle as a writer. To observe. To report. Yet not to invade privacy.

Privacy is a commodity too often bought and sold by writers more interested in being famous (or infamous) than in being good.

When my coffin is closed. I don't want any one to remember me as being Lydia Plunk, provocateur. I just want to be remembered as having succeeded as basically good more often than not.


  1. Yes, Lydia,

    You are "more basically good than not". I hope in your eulogy they say that you were THE person who always stepped up first and offered any help to any friends who needed help, family too of course.
    Loved the photos you did take. Shannon's dress was perfect for the setting. Not big and fussy but straight, simple and classy. Of course her hair is always perfect! Wonder why? teehee
    I am so happy that you and Ger opted for a balcony stateroom as it is such a perfect way to cruise! Didn't you love the service aboard? The food!
    I am hoping this trip made a Cranival fan of you! Waiting for more details and answers to all my many questions in my dd notes!:):)
    XOXO Trisha

  2. What a fun way for family and close friends to enjoy the couple's special event.

    Though you didn't take as many photos, I'm sure there were plenty to share afterwards. Love everyone's smiles.

  3. Hey Trish- I am blushing. Thank you. Too many obits in a short period of time. That dress- wait until the professional photos show up. Every fold caught the like. Think it may have been silk charmuese cut on the bias.

    We will get to the food. There is a reason I don't know anyone who ever went on a cruise to lose weight):-

    Dear Nikki- The bride handed out a treasure basket to every "couple" that sailed. We turned them in the last day- that plus professionals- there will be plenty to share.

  4. Lovely. Wish I could have been a fly on the wall. Never thought of a wedding onboard a ship before a cruise. And yes, I'd say you are "basically good more often than not" ~!!!! You are my friend. Of course you are~! xoxoxo


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