|Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer, ATL|
|My sister and her hubby to be with their pastor.|
|Me and my husband at the rehearsal. He was such a huge help!|
My sister's wonderful friend Christine directed the rehearsal and made sure everybody was where they were supposed to be, and my awesome husband watched from the side and so graciously ran around doing last minute errands and attending whatever little extra tasks that needed attending to . I was so happy he was there! After that, we had a lovely dinner at my sister and new brother in law's home in Atlanta. It was a small, informal, Italian dinner with family and close friends. It was great to see many of my family members who live far away and also get to know some of my brother in law's family members that I had never met before.
|Here's all the ladies on my dad's side of the family.....plus my brother! haha. All my aunts, cousins, and of course the lovely bride (the one in the veil, of course...). :)|
|My sister getting her "Old Hollywood" look. I loved her birdcage veil...so vintage!|
I felt bad that I wasn't providing as much moral support to the bride as I should have been, but what do you do when you're stuck in a bathroom while your mom sews you in your dress? I was kind of helpless. But thankfully the church was dimly lit, and no one noticed that my dress had small stitches in the back.....
We took some family pics while my sister and her hubby to be were doing shots with the photographer outside.
|Me and my sweet hubby.|
|The fam....me with my lil bro, my mom, and my dad.|
|Me and my bro...it was so weird seeing him in a suit! He never dresses up... ;)|
If we are all honest with ourselves, (as cliché as it may sound) we all have an innate desire to live “happily ever after.” We’ve been taught that “happily ever after” is only for story books and that hoping for such a thing is not only dangerous, but gives us unrealistic expectations about life and love and sets us up for failure. Even so, our culture remains enamored by fairy tales. From Cinderella to Braveheart, we are enchanted by tales of the transformed, because that is the deepest yearning of the human heart. Just as the fairy tale princess needs the prince to risk his life, slay the dragon, and save her from captivity, or awaken her from her deep slumber with true love’s kiss, we live in a broken, sinful world and are in need of our own Prince Charming - our Savior, who can bring us from death into life by the transformative power of His unconditional love and sacrifice and give us our own happily ever after in Heaven with Him….. for eternity.
The following passage may not be a typical one for a wedding, but I hope you’ll appreciate its powerful meaning for Laura and Bruce on this very special day. You’ll find it printed on the back of your program as well.
“It is a world of magic and mystery, of deep darkness and flickering starlight. It is a world where terrible things happen and wonderful things too. It is a world where goodness is pitted against evil, love against hate, order against chaos, in a great struggle where often it is hard to be sure who belongs to which side because appearances are endlessly deceptive. Yet for all its confusion and wildness, it is a world where the battle goes ultimately to the good, who live happily ever after, and where in the long run everybody, good and evil alike, becomes known by his true name....That is the fairy tale of the Gospel with, of course, one crucial difference from all other fairy tales, which is that the claim made for it is that it is true, that it not only happened once upon a time but has kept on happening ever since and is happening still.” - Frederick Buechner
After the ceremony, we headed over to the reception. My sister's decor theme was very shabby chic and rustic. She had lots of tree stumps, tree trunk cross cuts, bronze lanterns, and colorful flowers. Everything came together beautifully....
|Daddy daughter dance...|
|I made the cupcakes for the wedding, but not the cake. I think the arrangement turned out pretty cute! Very free form and rustic.... The big tree slices that the cupcakes are on came from oak trees on our family's land in upstate SC.|
|Bruce's brother and I giving our toasts to the couple!|
|The cake cutting....my favorite part!! Carrot cake.....yum!!|
|The Happy Couple!|
I am SO very happy for my sweet sister and her wonderful new husband! It was an honor to be a part of their wedding ceremony, and I can't wait to hear about all their fun honeymoon adventures on Lake Tahoe! Best wishes to them!!