I've been off setting up house, working like crazy during our holiday response at my full time job, being "mom-taxi" to TWO kids everyday and unfortunately I've been computer-less at the new home.
Here is my (very late) final chapter in The Wedding that Was.
This is a bit of a shout out to everyone who helped out!
To my parents, who helped in paying for this lovely wedding dress, who spent the night before creating all the gorgeous flower arrangements and then toting all the flowers and accessories to the venue and who are always there to jump in and babysit their grandson when needed!
To my new mother-in-law, who didn't flinch when she found out how old I was (the week before the wedding! I can't believe that my dear husband didn't break it earlier that I'm nine years older than her son). For my sweet new Nana-in-law, who came over to help escort me in the rain over to the ceremony and held up my dress on one side so it wouldn't get soaked. And for my lovely new sister-in-law, who sang us a beautiful song for our first dance. Despite experiencing some microphone/speaker feedback, she trooped right though the song like the pro that she is.
My new in-laws
Aly, our singing sensation, serenading us during our dance
For my cousin and Matron of Honor, Marianne, my official dresser for the day and lacer-up of that corset, the woman who carried the other half of my dress, bestest bachelorette party thrower and owner of the inflatable man (who is now deflated and STILL in the trunk of my car!). Thank you so much for all your help, that day and everytime I've ever needed to call on you!
Best man, Michael and Matron of Honor, Marianne. We all look silly because the rain was starting to come down pretty hard at that point!
For my good friend Brenda, with Tamra in tow, who showed up early to help set up the flower arrangements, light candles, and ultimately made the call to nix the garden ceremony and told the coordinator that they'd need to start setting up inside. She was there when I couldn't be and made the decision she just knew I'd make (we're wired alike in that way!)
B and Me
For my stepson (in blue), who escorted our guest book around the room and made sure everyone had a chance to sign it. I just knew he was the right man for the job. He was happy to be paid in decaf coffee, apparantly he drank quite a few cups at the reception!
And for my new stepdaughter who (I have heard) did a nice job with the flower petal tossing. My nephew is also in this photo, but you may notice my son is absent. Unfortunately each time the photographers came in for a shot, he ran in the opposite direction!
Ha!! Caught him in this one!
He did a noble job of holding the rings and stood wonderfully straight next to the best man during the entire ceremony. The reception was another thing all together, where he ditched his coat and ran around with the other kids until his head was a sweaty mess and he was guzzling lemonade by the pitcher.
For my brother, who took quite a few of the photos I've featured, including all of the shots from the ceremony. And for Vivi (my cousin's wife), who took the rest of the photos. I can't ever thank you two enough for all of these irreplaceable memories!
Me & Eric
Vivi, caught in action
Thanks to everyone for making the start of our new life together something so fantastic... from my "board mamas" for purchasing the wedding cake, to everyone who gave us gifts and cards that have really made our new house together a home and for everyone who continues to send us all the positive energy as we work together in being a family.