Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wedding Weekend in the ATL

       Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer, ATL
   I'm quickly beginning to run out of room in our spare bedroom closet for all the bridesmaid dresses that I'm accruing....and this week I got to add another dress to the collection!  It was a beautiful plum colored one shoulder gown (which became quite the fiasco as you will read about later) that I wore to my sweet sister's wedding on Saturday! I'm so excited to finally get a moment to post about everything!!  Because I was out of town this weekend, and not doing school work all weekend like usual (I'm super exciting, huh?), work kicked my I haven't had a moment free to post!  I bet my sister and her new hubby are having much more fun at Lake Tahoe right now on their honeymoon than I am sittting here on my sofa watching more about the government shutdown.  I'd honestly rather watch paint dry than hear anything else about that...which is why this is going to be my last sentence referring to it! Done. :)
My sister and her hubby to be with their pastor.
     Back to the was fabulous!  Sweet, small, worshipful, intimate.....everything that my sister wanted it to be.  About a week ago I thought she may just give up and go elope, but I'm so glad she didn't!  I totally related to the stress that goes along with wedding planning.  I remember the week before our wedding I just wanted to cry.  I was so tired of making decisions and coordinating things and communicating with people, I could have screamed.  But as I'm sure my sister experienced on Saturday, all the hard work and effort paid off.  Everything went as planned, and it was a beautiful day!

Me and my husband at the rehearsal.  He was such a huge help!
     We started the weekend festivities with the rehearsal at Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer in Dunwoody.  I am in love with their sweet little church! It's so quaint...the stonework is beautiful, and the pastor has a Scottish accent, which doesn't hurt anything.  I have decided that people with accents just sound more intelligent in general...unless, of course, it's a redneck accent. Not so much...  
  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 my brother! haha.  All my aunts, cousins, and of course the lovely bride (the one in the veil, of course...). :)

       The next morning I was an early bird up and ready at 6:30 so I could get my hair did! haha.  One of my guilty pleasures is having my hair done.  I'm in love with up-do's.  I think they are so elegant.  So I was super excited to see what gorgeous concoction my sister's hair and makeup artists would come up with.  I think both of our outcomes were beautiful!

My sister getting her "Old Hollywood" look.  I loved her birdcage vintage!
     After we got our hair did and got all gussied up, as my mamma says, we headed to the church.  After about 10 minutes at the church, I discovered that my zipper (which had worked perfectly fine the night before) was warped and would NOT go up!  I then proceeded to allow like eight women to try and persuade my zipper to go up with anything from vaseline to tweezers, including, but not limited mom, my sister's mom, the wedding director, the photographer, the florist, and the florist's daughter.  Random, I know.  After multiple failed attempts and less than 5 minutes before formal pictures, my mother saved the day with her tiny sewing kit from like the 1970's that had she had stuffed in the side pocket of my day's toiletry bag, which she just so happened to have in the car.  We spent the next moments together in the ladies bathroom of the church while she proceeded to sew me into my bridesmaid's dress.  Yes, you heard that correctly...she had to SEW the dress on me. For a split second in the bathroom I had a blonde moment and thought to myself, "Oh no...I'm sewed am I going to pee?" And then my brain reminded me that I was being sewn in a dress..not pants.  I worry about myself sometimes..
     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 with my lil bro, my mom, and my dad.

Me and my was so weird seeing him in a suit!   He never dresses up...  ;) 

     The ceremony was very worshipful and special. Laura and Bruce read their own heartfelt vows to one another and the pastor gave a beautiful sermon.  I even got to do a reading of one of Laura's favorite quotes during the ceremony, which was a very neat experience.  After reading the quote she wanted read, I connected with it immediately.  It is actually crazy how alike we are in our thinking.  The whole quote and her sentiments about it almost mirrored exactly the very first blog post I ever wrote and the actual reason why I named my blog "Finding Fairy Tales."  We are so cut from the same cloth when it comes to all things intellectual & spiritual.  My reading is below:

      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 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!!

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