Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Beautiful wedding day

Warning, this is a fairly long post with lots of pictures. Only the brave dare go further.....
Well, my son was married this weekend to a darling girl. It was a beautiful wedding and we really had a lot of fun.
The night before was the rehearsal dinner at Maggiano's, an Italian restaurant that had food to die for! If you ever get the chance to eat there, I highly recommend it.
First, we have the happy couple....

then, my three children...

then my DH and me....

then all my children (one's not official, but we still claim him as one of our own)....

The wedding day dawned nice and rainy, though the monsoon didn't really hit until after the ceremony. It was raining so hard that no one wanted to decorate DS' truck, as they'd get soaked and it would wash right off. Worked for me, because we were picking the truck up at the hotel to bring it back to Raleigh and we'd be the ones cleaning it up. :)
Luckily for us - no outdoor wedding - and everything went off as planned. The bride was beautiful, the groom was handsome and the wedding party and singer (son-in-law) looked great, too.
Mom and son before the wedding....

father and son.....

groom having pics made beforehand....

Sisters...you gotta love 'em.... Kimberly was so sweet; she included them as bridesmaids...

Bride getting ready with her sister and mom's help.....

Immediately after the ceremony....look at those smiles!

And various pics from the reception...first dance, but definitely not the first kiss!



the in-law dance....

and the race to the getaway truck!
The deed was done, so we got together with my three brothers and SILs' and close friends from FL who came up and stayed with us. We crashed after the long ride home in the rain (well, not too long when you think of driving from FL to NC.) Everyone was gone by mid morning Sunday, which happened to be my BD. With all the excitement of the wedding, it was nice to reflect on all the blessings we've received in our family. We love both our DIL and SIL and couldn't be happier for our children. We've already told the youngest DD's BF, that he's in all the photos; he can't go anywhere. :) In celebration of my BD and that I've been blogging for a little more than a year, I'm going to join in the fun and host a giveaway. But this post has been long enough, so I'll give more info on that the next time. Thanks for looking at our family celebration!

43 comments:

Vonna said...

Congratulations Carolyn, everyone looks beautiful or handsome, it rained like the dickens on my Wedding day too...but my Granny told me that meant God's Blessing...so I was happy for that :)
It was a gorgeous wedding...now relax! Eh?!

Carolyn said...

Your son and daughter in law look very happy together. They make a sweet couple. You have beautiful children. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us. Glad everything worked out well. Happy Belated Birthday!

Nancy said...

So glad the day went off without a hitch (besides the rain-but who cares, it was indoors!!!) Your family is so luck to add wonderful inlaws to the mix!!!! Everyone looks great....including you!

Nancy said...

OH yeah.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY too!!!

Gabbie's Nani said...

Your family is beautiful, such nice looking kids and the pic of you and your husband is great. Congrats on the wedding and belated Happy Birthday.

Bagira said...

Congratulations! The groom and the bride is beautiful! Congratulations to all of your big happy family! And happy birthday!

Kathy said...

Even though it rained it sounds like a wonderful day for all. The bride and groom are positively glowing! (And the grooms Mom and Dad look pretty good too!)
Happy belated Birthday! May the coming year bring you tons of love, laughter and wonderful stitching.

Pike said...

Congratulations, both on the wedding and your birthday! Your (older?) daughter looks just like you, she has your smile!

Shari said...

congrats to all! What a great looking family you have! And happy birthday to you!! How fun to have everyone there for it!!! Yesterday was my DH's birthday!!!!
congrats again!

Jan said...

A great big congrats for a happy day, completed!! And Happy Belated Birthday too!

I loved the pics, and your dress, is so pretty, as is that smile of yours. You can tell how much they love each, those two!!

Enjoy all of the memories!:)

Terry said...

Lovely wedding and photos. I see you found a lovely dress so you must not have waited too too long. LOL

I'm sure you're glad to be back home and back to the normal schedule. How's the job hunting going? Hope you find something quickly.

CindyMae said...

Your son looks so handsome and the bride looks just beautiful! They make such a cute couple! I am happy that everything seem to have went well!!!

Daffycat said...

What a happy day! Congratulations Carolyn on your beautiful new daughter!

Rene la Frog said...

Thank you for sharing the wonderful day with us. I love all the pictures and everyone looks so HAPPY.

Milly~ said...

Beautiful pictures...big congratulations to your son and new daughter in law.

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

WHat a wonderful day.
Congrats to the happy couple and Happy Birthday to you too.

Karen said...

Congrats to the beautiful couple and family! Looks like y'all had a great time. Hope you had a nice, relaxing birthday!

Gabi said...

Congratulations to you and the happy couple. I deeply enjoyed reading your post and every single picture. Your son looks so handsome, and the bride stunning. And gosh has that girl a smile. She can lit up a room with her smile only. And your son has just a beautiful smile. A handsome couple. And I love that picture where he gets a kiss from his sisters.

Congrats to your birthday too.

Shelleen said...

congrats to the happy couple. Great pictures. Happy Birthday!!

Deborah said...

You have a very wonderful and beautiful family!! What a treasure!! It looks like it was a beautiful and perfect wedding!!
My best wishes for the newlyweds for a very long and happy marriage together forever!!

Love and Hugs!!
Deborah

Wendy said...

Congrats Carolyn on your son's wedding! They are such a lovely couple and they both looks so gorgeous and happy!
You were very lovely too, I enjoyed watching the pictures.

I'm glad everything went well.

Cindy said...

Congrats!
Wonderful wedding couple.
You have beautiful children and in-laws too.

Fatema ( SL ) said...

Congratulations to becoming MIl again.
Lovely photos.
Happy birthday to you.
Sorry about your job. Hope you find another soon.
In the meantime enjoy stitching.

Von said...

What a happy, beautiful day for your family! It was rainy here in the Tri-Cities on Saturday for the wedding I attended too - showers of blessing, right? :)

Now take some time to relax and celebrate your birthday - a week at least!

Marion said...

What a gorgeous family you have!!
I loved looking at all the wedding photos....very, very nice looking couple!
Also, a belated Happy Birthday to you!!

Take care
Marion

Donna said...

Congratulations! The pics are beautiful. I love your dress and shoes! They are so pretty and you look just lovely.
I am so glad everything worked out and it is lucky to have it rain on your wedding day!

Theresa said...

Congratulations on a gorgeous family Carolyn

Kathy A. said...

What a lovely wedding. Everyone looks so very happy.
Now you can relax and stitch!

Kelly said...

Thank you for sharing. The couple look so lovely!

J Rae said...

It looks like it was a beautiful wedding! Glad it all went well.

As for the rain...it rained the day of my wedding as well and someone said to me...A wet knot is harder to untie. :-)

StitchinKat said...

Wow! Those are great pictures! Your whole family looks wonderful, and such a lovely couple those two kids are! Not to mention the beaming parents of the groom! Good thing you were not doing an outdoor wedding! Hope your b'day was wonderful beyond the wedding...now take a deep breath! You survived another child's marriage!

Meari said...

Looks like a wonderful day. (They look sooooo young!)

Angel said...

Congratulations Carolyn!! What a happy bride & groom! Many Blessings for future happiness! I LOVE all the pictures!

Carolyn, Happy Birthday to you!! Thank goodness you can't hear me sing!

Charlene said...

Looks like a great time was had by all at the wonderful event. Great looking family - thanks for sharing!

Charlene said...

PS: Happy Birthday!!

Chars said...

Congratulations to the happy couple and a very big happy birthday.

Sharon said...

Carolyn, your family is beautiful! How proud you must be! Congratulations to you all and Happy belated Birthday!

CArolyn said...

Beautiful wedding!
Carolyn

CameoRoze said...

Ah, Carolyn! Looks like a great day! So much joy.

too_busy_to_stitch said...

What a beautiful family Carolyn! Thanks for sharing these lovely photos.

Suzie said...

What a wonderful family you have! And all of your kids have your wonderful, infectious smile!!

The wedding photos are a beautiful reflection of that very special day. I'm so happy that everything went so smoothly, and so much of your family was able to share the day! And the rain provides the future laughs at the memory of it. lol

I hope that your birthday is only the start of a fantastic year ahead for you, full of love, laughter, and good health!

Thank you so much for sharing your photos with us! It was a joy to see them!!

Cindy F. said...

Oh Carolyn! My mind has been in a hundred directions lately and I just saw your comment on someone's blog and I thought...I never saw your son's wedding pics! WELL DUH!!
I didn't have you added to my google reader. But you are there now girl!!
The wedding pics are beautiful and so are your family!! I'm so happy for you all:)

Mare said...

Just lovely! And a very happy belated birthday to you.