Saturday, July 7, 2012

Wedding Story Part ll

I have decided to Tarantino the story a bit to give more details.
Not sure what I mean by Tarantino? Me either, all I know is he is a director of movies and retells stories from the end to the beginning. So here we go.... Backwards.
The Rehearsal:
As we gathered at 413 On Wacouta for the rehearsal.
Pastor Davey took the reigns and began to run the show.He did an amazing job. With the crew he had it was a bit like herding cats.
One of the things that makes rehearsal night so fun is the relaxed atmosphere. Because you know the next night is not going to be quite so layed back.
I loved that Alex kept the long time tradition of the bow bouquet for the rehearsal. It's a tradition I hope never gets lost in the elaborate sets that today's weddings are becoming.
 My son trying to look all Hard Core in this photo while he walks me down the isle, is just a sample of the laid back nature of the night.
It really is surreal sitting there watching the child you remember holding in the middle of the night as a baby, give their life to someone else and promise forever to them.
I suddenly felt a lump in my throat.


I like to break up big events like this into steps.
Step 1 Wedding  Preparation
step 2  Pulling it all together
Step 3 Meeting the parents
Step 4 Rehearsal
Step 5 wedding
Step 6 Reception
Here we are about finish yet another step and I was beginning to feel like instead of taking the steps one at a time, I was falling down them! Things were going so fast. Time seemed like it was speeding up. Like I was behind the wheel of one of those faulty Toyota's with no brakes!

So we finished at 413 and proceeded to Harriet Island Boat
We wanted to do something that was indicative of Minnesota. So what better than a ride down the mighty Mississippi aboard the Jonathan Paddleford!
Honestly, the dinner was ok but the evening was amazing.
Absolutely perfect weather to be on the River.
I think everyone enjoyed the ride.
We saw 4 bald Eagles on our journey up the river. It was picture perfect.
The Bride and Groom!

The Grandparents and friends of the Groom!

Here are the proud parents of the Bride and Groom! We really felt like Familial! (Their Italian too so I can say that!)
What an amazing feeling to have your son thank you for the boat ride. He absolutely loved it!
I couldn't tell him then but it made my heart happy to know that he was so happy.
I see a happiness that my daughter in law brings to him. She accepts him for who he is and loves his quirky ways. His dirty Wrangler jeans, his crazy family, and loves him anyway!
We are all beginning a new life together. Not just the happy couple, and it feels right and it feels good!
Thank you Lord for all you have blessed us with, we are truly grateful!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Days Go By.....

Wow, it has been a whirlwind of a month.
It is not for lack of material that I have not been writing. It has indeed been lack of available time.

I will need to break up my posts in sections or it would be far to much material to cover in one post.
I am starting at the beginning.
Our Son's wedding.
It is truly amazing to wake up the morning of your first childs wedding only to discover that it feels just like any other day of the year!
We went to our coffee shop and I grabbed an iced tea as if it were going to be a completely slow, relaxing, sipping sweet tea kind of day. My husband got his regular cold drink as well. We bumped into my best friend and her husband, had a brief conversation and said, "we'll see you at the wedding."
It came out so fast and easy it was like I was saying, "we'll see you at the pool!"

I went to go get my hair done for the wedding and it literaly took 15 minutes. It was gorgeous but I was again expecting much more from the situation than that. 4,000 Bobby pins later and I was on my way home to get dressed for the wedding.
The Wedding. My SON'S GETTING MARRIED!! Surely I should feel some other way but the way I am feeling.
All gussied up we pack up the cars and head to the venue where the wedding will take place.
I see my son for the first time that day. All handsome and so happy! All of the sudden it hits me.
I started to cry and my sweet Brother-in-law hands me a hanky with a B on it.
That made me cry even harder. I have no idea why! The thought of the embroidered hanky sent me over the top.

The Ceremony:
Jon's life long friend officiated the wedding and was elequent and had the perfect message.

With 2 emphatic "I DO'S"
Stuck Like Glue Began to play and the happy Couple danced down the isle MARRIED!
Here is my beautiful family. Our first photo together!

The GrandParents Loved it!

Everyone enjoyed the photo booth my hubby made. It was the highlight of the night for most everyone!

My very favorite part of the night however, was dancing with my son. We used to dance when he was little and he would stand on my toes and I would lead him around the living room.
It was his turn! I stood on his Cowboy boots and we danced to My Wish by Rascal Flatts.
I can't imagine anything better!

We had the time of our lives.
I lived every moment of it and can tell you every single detail, which I will spare you from. I enjoyed every moment of the evening from beginning to the end, (with a few snafoo's thrown in to make lasting memories)
But overall, my heart is happy. Happy to see my son in a new light. As the leader and provider for his home. Happy to have gained a beautiful new daughter who is smart talented. I can't wait to see the plans God has for them in thier new adventure.