Sunday, April 18, 2010

What a beautiful day!

After all those weeks and months of planning, it's all over -- and my youngest daughter is "Mrs. Computer Guy". His Facebook status last week was priceless -- "I am a married man. This is weird!"

There were some last minute uh-oh's, but they were only minor. We lucked out with a warm, sunny day and clear skies. The Wine Cellar was a beautiful place for a wedding and reception. The bride and attendants all had their hair in updo's and looked gorgeous. The flower girl (my little granddaughter) was adorable and threw her petals overhand, with great gusto.

And the bride ... her father got all choked up when he saw her. "That dress is perfect for her and she looks beautiful". She was truly stunning. The wedding music was outstanding -- the bride walked down the stairs and up the aisle to Paul McCartney's "Calico Skies", beautifully played and sung by her friend Jared Bartman . I hope the photographer caught the look on the groom's face as she walked toward him -- one of my favorite memories from the whole day. Jared also sang "Shelter from the Storm" as the couple lit the unity candle, and Ben Harper's "Everything" as the recessional.

We had a wonderful mix of family and friends at the reception, and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time. Jared played keyboard and sang (mostly his own compositions) during the cocktail hour, which the guests enjoyed immensely. He is such a talented (and nice!) young man. The DJ took over during dinner and for the evening's dancing.

The photographer, Tiffany Doubek, has posted a few shots on her Facebook and blog, and hers are fantastic. Can't wait to see all the photos she took that day (she will provide a CD to the couple, and you can be sure I will be making a copy!) Here are a few that I managed to take:

Kristen enjoying a quiet moment with her daughter Anna during the photo session after the ceremony

This is what flower girls do to entertain themselves after the wedding -- before the party begins. Anna threw her petals into the air and then watched them rain down on her.

My older daughter Heather, the lovely matron of honor

Kristen and Ian's first dance to Ingrid Michaelsen's "The Way I Am". Do you think they noticed that anyone else was in the room?

Grandson Cameron missed his afternoon nap. After a snooze during dinner, he was refreshed and ready to dance the night away!

The candy buffet was lots of fun -- guests were able to create their own party mix from an assortment of old fashioned goodies. We had more than a dozen choices, from M and M's to Jordan almonds to candy sticks in an apothecary jar.

The banquet tables looked lovely with the candle arrangements and mini layouts that I made, and we received lots of compliments.

Kristen and Ian (and Anna) are very happy with their new status as a married couple, and we are all thrilled that Ian is officially a part of our family.

It's a relief that it's over and everything went well, but I'm also sad that it's behind us. Does that make sense?

This week has been filled with catching up on household chores that were neglected during the pre-wedding rush; but I pulled out the scrap stuff today to make a couple of cards.

This one is for my awesome grandson Ethan's 9th birthday on Wednesday. Papers are Dream Street's Urban Ink. The card sketch for this and the following card are from this month's card challenge at ScrapbookDeals4U.

This one is a "just because" card for my niece, Marisa. She is 18 with special needs, but is doing awesome. She attends high school and recently obtained her driver's license. She came to Kristen's wedding with her brother Matt (who did the reading during the ceremony) and wrote us a very nice letter afterwards. She is such a sweetie!

This afternoon hopefully will be spent with my scrapping stuff. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!!!!!


Heather said...

The wedding was such a gorgeous day all around! I am so proud of my little sis and was honored to be the matron of honor.

Great cards!

Leah Crowe said...

Oh, your photographer did a great job on her first wedding shoot.. You will have so many amazing photos to scrap and review! Love the photos you captured, and your cards are wonderful!

Lori Gentile said...

I adore your cards! They are wonderful!

The wedding looks like it was amazing. I love your photographs. Congratulations!

Nathalie said...

Your cards are super cute! Glad the wedding was a success! Now you can relax a bit! :)

Thomisia said...

Congrats! Cards are too cute!

LisaNRoxy said...

Wow - I can;t believe the wedding has come and gone already! COngrats on your new son in law - the pics are beautiful as are your girls! Love the cards too - great job Barb

Joni Kix said...

This is such a great post! I love all the photos and the projects. The candy buffet is a GREAT idea! I've got to write that one down so I don't forget it!

mommyof5kidz said...

LOVED that candy buffet idea! Brilliant!!! Everything was Just beautiful! I bet you are glad it is finally time to relax! You did a Magnificent job with everything...I am sure Kristen is proud to call you Mom!