How many of us get to watch someone come full circle in their lives? Well that is exactly how I felt as I watched my friend of 10 years get married this month. My friend Debbie was one of the first people I met when we moved here. Over the past 10 years I have watched her life seem very "together", watched it fall apart and been a witness to her finding joy and serenity once again. It has been a painful journey, but I have never seen her as happy or peaceful as she is right now and it is such a blessing to see her happy ending.
In the midst of massive rain the week of May 10th, the skies cleared just long enough to have the ceremony. The attendants were the children of the bride and groom, the flower girls the daughter's of Debbie's cousin and best friend.
Her son, looking so grown up, escorts her to her groom.
The venue for the ceremony was the field in front of a historical barn. The chairs were arranged in a way that they were able to walk in front of all of their family and friends.
This wedding was both elegant and casual. Debbie is a perfectionist and both the wedding and the reception were very different than what she might have planned in the past and yet everything was just perfect. Families were invited, there were kids everywhere. Her friends helped with everything from setting up the ceremony to decorating for the reception. I loved being a part of doing the bridal bouquets and floral arrangements. This was the perfect blending of two families, surrounded by family and friends that couldn't be happier for them. 2
The happy couple after the ceremony.
He makes her so very happy. It makes my heart smile!
The reception was at a building at the lake. This is not a fancy building, but it took on an entirely different look with the twinkle lights, flowers and fun decorations. They did something I have never seen before with the food. They had all of their favorite things from favorite places. I took the pictures before everyone got to the reception, so the chairs and flowers aren't in place yet (or some of the food). The sweets table had pie made by the groom's mother, cake made by the bride's aunt, mini pies made by her very good friend and various other treats and sweets.
Mason jars with name tags and matching straws were picked up to fill with drinks and taken home at the end of the evening.
Adult Kool-Aid and
Amaretto Stone Sours for the grown-ups.
Pink lemonade and McDonalds sweet tea.
Mashed potatoes from our local fancy place, and
fried chicken and noodles from our local family restaurant.
The local "best in town" Italian restaurant lasagna.
Chicago pizza shipped in as well
as salad from The Hill in St. Louis.
A Fluffy Burger station-burgers from
her hometown (not local) meat market.
Make your own tacos in a bag station.
The room before the chairs and flowers arrive.
The beautiful daughters of the bride.
Music was a playlist created by the teenage children of the couple and it was mostly kids dancing. As you can see, it truly was a family friendly, happy event that was filled with love. Who could ask for more?
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