September 8th of 2017 dawned bright and early. It was our wedding day, finally. 🙂
We had a few unexpected situations happen that morning- car issues, clothing issues- if you can name it, it probably happened! I am thankful that the Lord carried us through, and that all of the last minute details started falling right into place. 🙂
Thank *you* to all of our family members and sweet friends who pitched in and helped get everything set up and ready to go! My family and several close friends helped finish getting the food together, cleaned up the last couple of things inside, got the decorations finished outside, made sure the littles stayed seated until it was time, directed people down to the eating area, got the cake layers stacked up and that sucker decorated in record time- I will never fully be able to thank everyone as much as they deserve for the incredible feats that were accomplished to pull everything together. 🙂
2:00 arrived and with it, several of the helpers and the photographers. While I was finishing hair, makeup and such, they went ahead and started taking photos of the area, of my dress, and other pretty little details. 🙂
The wedding programs
The dress and the old goat shed
The dress hung up from the arbor
My bouquet, the boots Daniel sent me from Australia, and my engagement ring
My dress, the boots, and the bouquet, artfully arranged in front of the arbor
Once the photographers had finished taking photos of some of the ceremony elements, it was time for me to retrieve my dress back and finish getting ready.
My dear Mama handmade my veil. <3
More veil arranging
After getting the veil arranged and ready, it was time to go ahead and knock out some of the photos that could be taken before the ceremony. I made my way to the back yard to get started….I never realized how heavy my dress actually was until then! 🙂
My girls and I….the photographers told them all to look at me, :p!!
That’s better. 😀
My Mama and I. <3
“Joyful Noise”and I- these girls were such troopers and had been practicing the music for our wedding for very nearly a year!!<3
Once some of those were knocked out, it was time to get the bridal portraits done. 🙂
It was nearly time for the ceremony to start, so the very last last-minute details were taken care of, and I went back up into the house to wait. At this point, I was fighting tears- there were so many emotions swirling in my heart. I was so thankful to finally be marrying this wonderful man whom I love more than I ever thought possible to love anyone- the one that God had chosen and made *so* very perfectly for us to compliment each other as we traverse the path of life together- better together than apart. <3 On the other hand, I was melancholy at the thought of leaving my family home; of not living day-in and day-out with those folks whom I had been with my entire life. I knew it would be an exciting change, but it was still bittersweet.
Folks were beginning to arrive….
And then it was 4:00, and time for the processional to start. 🙂
Videographers ready to go!
Grandaddy and our honorary Grandma, Ms. Ruth
Josh, Kylie, Gabriel and baby Derek
Meredith and Darby
Now, Jackson had a special mission to deliver a very special note…
On the way….
Some minor confusion on Daniel’s part because we didn’t rehearse this…he didn’t know it was coming! 🙂
But I think the note made him happy. 😀
The rest of the family coming down…
The guys getting the runner ready!
And waiting! 🙂
The next several photos are of my Daddy leading me down to the arbor. <3
Once I saw Daniel in the distance, the tears ceased to flow. I was walking towards the man of my dreams…my husband-to-be, and we would be getting married in just a few short minutes! No more days of a 10,000 mile separation….<3
And it was time to get started. My former employer and an elder at our church kindly did the opening portion of our ceremony. He and his wife have been very special to me over the past several years, and it made perfect sense that he open the ceremony. This worked out perfectly, as I wanted my dad to give me away and perform the marriage ceremony. 🙂
Please be seated
Let’s open with prayer
Who gives this woman?
And so, my Daddy proceeded to marry us. <3
And then we shared our very first kiss.
We were finally married!! God is so good.
Now it was time to go to the reception and take the remainder of the pictures that couldn’t be taken before the ceremony. 🙂
Mama, myself, Daniel, and Daddy
Grandaddy, myself, and Daniel
C and D and Ms Ruth!
The couples <3
Family picture try #1
Family picture try #2
Family picture try #3
All the siblings!
Next, it was time to go and cut the cake. 🙂 As mentioned earlier, Mama and Jess did the cake, and it was so beautiful!
After cake, we slipped away with the photographers to do the couple pictures. <3
Now it was time for the send-off! I had spent hours making bubble wands to use for our reception. They turned out much better than I expected! 🙂
And we were off!
All in all, it was perfect. <3 All of the family was able to be there, the weather was absolutely perfect, the little decorative details made me smile each time I saw them, I was FINALLY marrying my very best friend….it was all so beautiful. I am so thankful for how the Lord made each thing fall into place. <3
My friend, Lydia, did a special highlights video of the wedding that you can watch here:
My friends, Sydney and Denalyn, did the photos which were so beautiful!! A big thank-you to them and anyone else I’ve forgotten to mention over the past few posts….we couldn’t have done it without y’all! <3
More about our “honeymoon” adventuring to come soon! 😀