Missed you all this past week in Blogland. Hope you’ll forgive me. It was wedding week at our house and this mother-of-the-bride was plenty busy bustling around with daughter and bridal party in preparation of the big event yesterday as we gathered together in celebratory thanksgiving just in time for Pink Saturday posting: An Autumn Wedding!
It was a bit chilly for our outdoor wedding ceremony venue, but the Lord brought out the sun shining warm on the proceedings just in time for a beautiful exchanging of vows in an elegant Tuscan setting – and pictures afterward!
|The lady of the day . . .|
|Dan lost his mom some years ago – so I got to pin the fleurs on the boys!|
A short drive from the ceremony venue more elegance awaited us at a lavish reception where every detail of the evening sparkled with joy and celebration!
|Matron of honor, Beth, with daughters Kyleigh (flower girl) and Brynn.|
|Some of our old melodrama troupe, the Pageant Wagon Players . . .|
|. . . still onstage and performing a special dance number for the bride and groom!|
And, plenty of dramatic posing from the new Mr. & Mrs. . . .
|Bethany designed and made the masks for some dramatic shots.|
I’m posting here some of the first photos made public by my friend and photographer Karyn of VIOLET BROWN Photography (Karyn is responsible for the header photos of me in various theatrical costumes) – and she quite outdid herself capturing my daughter Bethany’s marriage to Dan, my wonderful new son-in-love (ha – been waiting to use that term)!
|My grandbaby, Mackenzie – the littlest flower girl – and a scene stealer!|
My son, Andrew and daughter-in-law/bridesmaid, Andrea were front and center for the festivities – with little Mackenzie all dressed up as flower girl number two. Poor son spent a good deal of his time chasing the little gal around and keeping her out of two-year-old troubles!
Dan came up with a terrific idea to get her down the aisle in good humor. He fixed up a little jeep in wedding day white for their grand entrance and exit – a smashing success! Here they are at the rehearsal . . . I’m waiting on photos from the actual event.
I’ll have more photos later in the week, so I’m afraid this will not be the last of my blog reports on the grand day. Dan and Bethany worked together to create every detail of a celebratory event that was a reflection of their love for each other, their love for the Lord, and their thankful hearts to the Lord in bringing them together.
|With Matron of honor, Beth (L) and bridesmaid sister-in-law, Andrea (R).|
For my part, I am navigating such a jumble of emotions I can’t quite put my finger on one or the other. I have resolved to simply toss them all in my THANKSGIVING JAR and cherish each one – as I have cherished the past 24-plus years that I’ve had the privilege of having my precious and beautiful daughter under my roof.
I am also so very thankful to all our friends – our amazing church family of sisters and brothers – who were such a huge part of the day lending a hand to make all things so beautiful: Adrienne with her organizational savvy and graphic arts help with the program design, Beth working overtime as matron of honor in every aspect of the event . . .
And, Erin our hairstylist, curling and piling Bethany’s hair into a romantic do for the day!
As the dust settles and our gathering together in thanksgiving and solemn ceremony with much joy comes to a close, my attention begins to turn to the homefront nest – now empty – as daughter and Dan make their new home together. I have much to re-order and a NEW ROOM to re-purpose and decorate. Lots on that score to come in future posts – with so many creative and inspirational ideas gleaned from all my dear ladies here in Blogland – another place were we gather together in thanksgiving . . .
Sharing Thank You, Lord – An Autumn Wedding with Beverly’s Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.