Wednesday, August 25, 2010

#3...the Final Wedding

My baby got married this past weekend and it was beautiful! It's hard to believe that she's now grown and on her own with her dear husband. But it's a good change and we're all so happy for both of them. We started off the weekend with the bridesmaids' luncheon...

The bride to be, her sister, and me..

Bethany...

The rehearsal...

DH and me at the rehearsal dinner...

My six at the dinner...

The future Mr. and Mrs...

The bridal dance...

Look at that smile!...

The father-daughter dance... DH used to play the guitar and sing to the children when they were little, so he chose one of those songs - Puff, the Magic Dragon...

At the reception...

Mr. and Mrs....

My favorite portrait... reminds me of the endearing, imaginative, playful child she was...

So now DH and I are nostalgic once again. We're used to having the kids gone, but this summer, two of them have been with us for at least half the summer, so the house was full again. Now it's quiet and we reflect on how blessed we've been to have had the privilege of raising our three children and seeing them all happily married to in-laws we dearly love. Lord willing we will never take this for granted, for tomorrow is never a guarantee.

Thank you all for letting me share my heart with you and know this fact...
I am officially retired from weddings! LOL

Now on to the stitching!

59 comments:

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

What a beautiful bride your daughter was!

Congratulations to the newly weds!

anne-isis said...

Your daughter is a magnificent bride

Teresa S. said...

It looks like a lovely time was had by all--and that is the goal, right? To have their wedding days be wonderful memories for them. :) I retired from weddings this year too.

Kay said...

Your daughter was an absolute vision on her magical day, I hope the years ahead for your daughter and her husband are nothing but happiness. It looks like the wedding was a wedding to remember!

Bagira said...

Wonderful day! The beautiful bride and groom! Congratulations! Be happy!

gazette94 said...

Congratulations to the happy couple !
Your daughters are both lovely and smiling, I can see they really looks like you !

Kay said...

What beautiful photos & a beautiful Bride. Thnak you for sharing these precious moments.

Patty C. said...

Beautiful wedding photos - Congratulations :)

Cristina said...

First let me congratulate you on your beautiful family - that young lady made a princess like bride.

All the luck in the world for the new couple and loads of happy stitching for the mum!

Chars said...

Your daughter looked absolutely beautiful on her wedding day... congratulations to your family.

Barbara said...

Your daughter was a gorgeous bride and the photos are lovely. Now that all the excitement is over, enjoy some stitching relaxation. ;D

Marion said...

Beautiful family you have!!!
Your daughter was a beautiful bride!!!
Take care
Marion

Shari said...

beautiful pictures of beautiful people! You have a very nice looking family....Yes, I think it is time for you to relax a little, reflect a little, and stitch a lot!

Sherry said...

What a wonderful day to remember!

Caroline said...

Yay!!! Congratulations Carolyn - what a beautiful day!!! Love your pictures!

Vonna said...

What a beautiful wedding, what a gorgeous set of people that attended and what a handsome couple married :)

You made me cry about "Puff the Magic Dragon"...that was a wonderful memory to dance to.

Kelly said...

Lovely photos and thank you for sharing!

Bette said...

What a beautiful couple! And doesn't it feel wonderful to know that their futures are so bright?

Vinniey said...

Congratulations on your daughter's wedding, Carolyn. she's a beautiful bride! Love all your picture especially the father-daughter dance. :)

MaryT said...

Your daughter looks really beautiful and her new DH is really handsome too:) Hope they have many blessed years of marriage.

Mary Louise

nima said...

wow...lovely...so nice of you to share the pictures ...congratulations to the young couple.

Meari said...

Congratulations to your DD and her new DH. Beautiful photos.

Carol said...

What a truly lovely bride! How blessed all of your children were to find such special partners to share their lives with, Carolyn...

natalyK said...

Your daughter made a beautiful bride. The photos are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing this lovely day with us.

Emily said...

They look so happy together, congrats to the newly married couple.

DJ said...

Congratulations, Carolyn!! She is a beautiful bride, you are so blessed to have your home full of love and happiness. I'm sure things seem a little different now that all the festivities are over, but hopefully now you can take a breath and get back to stitching! *Hugs*

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congratulations!

Your daughter must of had a fantastic photographer because those shots of her are just wonderful!

So with an empty house does this mean more stitching soon?

Mylene said...

Congratulations to the couple! and such beautiful pictures of everyone.

htimcj said...

Beautiful! Congratulations.
Heidi-ILCS

saras said...

ah the first and last pictures are gorgeous! :)

Kathy A. said...

Lovely, lovely post. Your daughter is gorgeous and the wedding photos are wonderul.
It is so nice to hear someone put into words how they feel about their family.
I am so with you on that one.

Cythia Harris ~ said...

What a beautiful bride she is! I just love her dress! Congratulations to all!!

StitchinKat said...

Well, finally! Love seeing the pics...your daughters favor you and are beautiful! I assume the wedding dress was well behaved? ;-)
Hope to get over your way sometime soon, so keep in touch!

Von said...

Ah, Carolyn, what a sweet post! So many happy, beautiful faces. :) Congratulations on your retirement from the wedding biz! Afraid it'll be many years before I join you, lol!

Lisa said...

Lovely pictures Carolyn. What a beautiful bride your daughter made. Congrats x

Cindy's Stitching said...

what pretty pictures. What a beautiful bride. You have a beautiful family

Karen said...

How pretty the bride is! Looks like a lovely time...

Rene la Frog said...

What a beutiful bride and couple but they look so young,

Felicity said...

Congratulations. You have a beautiful family! Of course, the next step is grandkids! Woo Hoo! I can hardly wait!

Jan said...

**Sniff**Sniff** She is so beautiful, Carolyn!! She looks JUST like her beautiful mother...in fact all of your children are gorgeous! You are very, very fortunate and blessed, isn't God wonderful?

Just remember lots more stitchey time coming your way!!

EvalinaMaria said...

Oh, so lovely!!! Thank you for sharing pictures and happiness! What's next? Grandchildren?

Charlene ♥ SC said...

They sure do look delightfully happy and beautiful! Congratulations to them, and to you and DH for the all that you've done to raise them. Now...enjoy the stitching!

Carol said...

Beautiful looking couple. Looks like it was a lovely wedding. Congrats to everyone.

Nancy M said...

Such great photos and memories!!!! You are so lucky that all your kids married spouses that YOU like too!!! It really looked like a fabulous time and now you can sit back, relax and then get the call.....you're going to be a Grandma!! At least there isn't the big party that goes along with that!! Hope to see more great pictures from the photographer later.....

Cait said...

The wedding photos were so lovely. You did good, Momma!
Thanks for sharing them with all of us, it brought back the memories of my three and their weddings. A nice walk down memorylane thanks to you. It is nice to have those memories in the middle of the sadness my family and I are going through.
Thanks again,
Cait

Brigitte said...

Great wedding pictures. And congratulations to the happy and beautiful couple.

Sharon said...

She looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the lovely family photo's. Congratulations!

DUSTY said...

Carolyn, your daughter is a beautiful bride and looks a lot like her Mother. Puff the Magic Dragon brings back a lot of memories, I used to sing it to my boys when they were small while they sat in my lap. Time does fly, they are both grown men. Cherish all the memories of the weddings to take they out and enjoy time and time again. I hope the happy couple will always be as happy as they are on their wedding day. God's blessings on them both.

Hillery said...

Just Beautiful, you must be so proud.

Shelley said...

Bethany is breathtakingly beautiful and the wedding dress is gorgeous. Congrats to the happy couple!!

Mare said...

What a beautiful family you have! Best wishes to the couple and thank you for sharing your special moments with us! What a beautiful bride!

Alice said...

Oh Carolyn, she is SO beautiful! I loved her engagement photos but I love her bridal photos just as much. Both your daughters are just gorgeous, like their mom. ; ) You sure had a memorable summer.
Alice
xxx

Shelleen said...

What a beautiful family that you have and that wedding dress is gorgeous.

Terry said...

Beautiful pics of your daughter. I'm sure you'll get used to the quiet house again. Now, you and your DH need to think about a second or third honeymoon. lol

PegC said...

Carolyn, the Father/Daughter dance gets me everytime. Who can miss the love between them.

Siobhan said...

I was admiring your beautiful family and then started crying when I read about the father/daughter dance and why your DH chose that song. That is soooo special! That's so neat. I'm glad you had a wonderful summer and a wonderful wedding. Best of luck and all of God's blessings for them in their married life.

Hazel said...

I don't know why but your pics have made me cry. Now I don't normally "do" weddings - long story but your pics have seriously brought out some emotion in me. Hmmm... might have to ponder on that awhile. Lovely pics. Thanks for sharing. x

Tracey said...

Beautiful pics! I know you are so happy for her, and yet sad.. ;)

J Rae said...

Beautiful!