Thanks for all of your wonderful comments about my last post! I know how anxiously many of you were waiting for glimpses of the wedding.
Unfortunately, this follow-up will probably be a let-down because it’s even lighter on pictures of the bride and groom than my first post! Like I mentioned earlier, there was at professional photographer at the wedding who stayed right up to the first few dances. I didn’t want to get in her way and I also just wanted to enjoy the moment instead of constantly being on the move for the best position to capture the couple.
As we made our way to the hall for the reception, we passed a beautiful church (not the wedding church) with lovely steps that Claire, Ren and their cousin Jade loved to run up and down on.
The three kids had a blast playing together all weekend long; Jade and her parents stayed with us at our home so it was pretty much nonstop fun.
Now, you already know that Claire was a flower girl at the wedding. Ren wasn’t in the wedding party per se but he nevertheless had a very important role: sheriff! Stu bestowed upon him the title, duties and responsibilities of sheriff the night before the wedding. It fit Ren to a “t” since he loves to keep law and order!
By the way, I’m happy to report that Ren did not lock up any wedding guests that evening, unruly or otherwise. I won’t pretend that I wasn’t a tad worried!
After one of the yummiest wedding meals ever, Chrissy and Stu cut the wedding cake.
I thought the cake table looked really beautiful: the cake itself was lovely, the topper was cute yet elegant, the stand that Chrissy tracked down with considerable difficulty was stunning and as a really sweet touch, Chrissy and Stu included wedding pictures of their parents.
And then the dance began. That bride can dance, I tell ya! After all the traditional dances at the beginning, Chrissy stayed on the dance floor for quite awhile which was awesome to see. I always think it’s sweet to see the bride dancing with children at the wedding which she did plenty of:
Speaking of children, my kids didn’t stop dancing until nearly midnight! They started off mostly with this kind of dancing:
Then a few dances in, they really got their groove on and just boogied the night away. They’ve never had the opportunity for that before and I could tell they thoroughly enjoyed it. I did too, just watching them.
All too soon, it was time to head home. It was one of the best wedding receptions I’ve ever been to and I left the wedding full of joy for Stu and Chrissy. And for us too, because just as Stu had gained a bride that day, our family had gained an amazing sister-in-law, aunt and daughter-in-law. As I told Chrissy during the welcome to the family speech, I would choose her for a friend. The fact that we actually get to be family is amazing.