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Memories of a Special Day

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Memories of A Special Day - Bride & Groom.

For months, my daughters and I planned, created, problem solved and dreamed of the perfect day when my oldest would join hands with the one that makes her heart sing and recite the vows that would bind them together for the biggest adventure of all, making a life together as husband and wife.

The day before, we gathered with a few friends and family to set up tables and decorate.  We worried about the weather as it had grown a little chilly for an outdoor ceremony.  We worried if the lighting would be sufficient for dancing and if we’d planned food and drink properly.   Would the signs we put up be enough to lead the guests over the winding roads to the ceremony site which was tucked into a far corner of the park?

After we had done everything we could that day, we left for a fantastic rehearsal dinner at the home of the groom’s parents. We count ourselves fortunate to bring our two families together and to share the love we have for this couple.

The wedding party was all in attendance, along with my oldest son who had hitched a ride home from college with one of the groomsmen.   We did a dry run through the ceremony and enjoyed a delightful dinner under the stars around a campfire.   I watched my daughter and her future husband relax and laugh with this group of friends and family that mean so much to them.    I can’t even describe the feeling of contentment I felt being among this group.

Brother of the Bride near canoe beverage center.
My oldest son at the wedding


My daughter spent her last night as a single woman at home with us.   My son and daughter helped make sandwiches for the wedding party to eat during the long day ahead.   I watched the two of them talk and laugh throughout the chore.   The college freshman and his older sister.   At some future point when they reminisce about the wedding, they may not specifically remember this time they spent together, but I will never forget it.

Wedding day with all of its frantic last-minute details flew by with the blink of an eye.  My husband, who says he didn’t do much, did what he does best.  Not only did he lovingly build an arbor for the ceremony and the wood slice cake tier we asked for, he was our rock, our solid ground.   He saw to the details that were beyond the rest of us.  As he brushes those contributions aside, I know, and my daughter knows, what a truly remarkable man he is.  I love him so much.

Maid of Honor.
My daughter, Maid of Honor


It was a little chilly during the ceremony, but I forgot all about it when I walked down the aisle with my two sons on either side.   I watched the others who followed, pair by pair.   My other daughter, the maid of honor extraordinaire, never looked more beautiful and happy as she took the walk just before her sister. I was so proud of the part she played and the work she had done to make this day so special for her sister.   It was another moment I will never forget.

Father and Daughter walking to wedding ceremony.
My Husband and Daughter
The Groom awaiting his Bride.
The Groom


The music changed and my husband escorted my daughter down the aisle.   She was radiant.   He was sturdy.  I turned to look at the groom as he watched his bride approach and my heart swelled.     I turned again and watched the final steps my daughter took, her eyes bright, face flushed, and a huge smile on her face.  How many moments can a person hang onto forever?  I never want to forget my daughter on my husband’s arm seeing her future standing before her, waiting for her . . .


Groom & Bride.
The experiment


The ceremony was beautifully simple, yet unique.   To demonstrate their union, the couple decided to do a little science experiment (so like them), where they poured clear chemicals together that when joined changed colors.


The wedding ceremony.

Then, before family and friends, standing hand in hand, the couple recited the vows they wrote to each other with such feeling and emotion.  It was beautiful to witness and I selfishly stored more memories.

The toast.
Maid of Honor Toast
First Dance.
First Dance
Wood slice cake stand and cupcakes.
Wood slice cake tier


The reception had all the typical trappings.   Toasts, first dance, parents dance, cake cutting and lots of dancing, followed by a bonfire later in the evening.   It was wonderful to see family and visit with my daughters friends that I hadn’t seen in years.

Wedding Bonfire.
Wedding Reception.
My daughter and oldest Son


Friends at Wedding Reception.
My daughter and two of the Brides friends from high school


Photo Booth silliness at Wedding Reception.
My sons and daughter in the photo booth


Photo Booth fun at wedding reception.
My daughters in the photo booth


Photo Booth at wedding reception.
My Husband and I getting silly in the photo booth


When it was over and the last of the guests headed home, my daughter came to me with happy tears in her eyes.  I hugged her tight and squeezed in one more memory.  Their day was perfect and just like she dreamed it would be.  As the mother of the bride, I couldn’t ask for any more than her happiness at that moment.

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18 Comment

  1. Rose Arbor
    October 19, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    It was perfect!

    1. Laurie
      October 20, 2015 at 3:24 am

      Thanks RA!

  2. Beverly Roderick
    October 20, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Congratulations to your daughter and son in law! I'm so pleased for you all that the day was everything they were dreaming of. What special memories! I loved reading through your thoughts about the day.

    1. Laurie
      October 20, 2015 at 3:35 am

      Thank you Beverly. We really enjoyed the day and the wedding was beautiful.

  3. Lisa Cestkowski
    October 20, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Aww. Looks like it was a beautiful day.

    1. Laurie
      October 20, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Thanks Lisa! It really was a beautiful day.

  4. The Seana Method
    October 20, 2015 at 11:18 am

    What a wonderful day! The setting was gorgeous — and so happy you had sunny weather:) Weddings really are a lifelong memory… one of the happiest celebrations. Congratulations!

    1. Laurie
      October 20, 2015 at 11:56 am

      Thanks Seana! This will truly be a lifelong memory for me and no doubt for the Bride and Groom as well.

  5. Maarit A
    October 20, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Congratulations your daughter is now happily married! They look so cute and happy !!

    1. Laurie
      October 20, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks so much Maarit! We are so happy for them!

  6. Farm Quilter
    October 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Sounds and looks like it was the perfect day! Our children getting married is so special and a little bittersweet – hard to have them grow up and not need us quite as much, and then they find someone to take first place in their lives and heart…sigh, guess we can't keep them little forever!! Congratulations on the new son!! Oh, the grandkids really are a joy 🙂 soon enough!!!!!

    1. Laurie
      October 20, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      Thank you! Yes, the day turned out perfect for the couple and we couldn't be happier for them. Looking forward to Grandkids some day too! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me such a lovely comment 🙂

  7. Julie's Lifestyle
    October 20, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Hello Laurie,
    Wow congrats on the wedding of your daughter! It looks like it was such a beautiful day and wishing them many years of happiness.
    Julie xo

    1. Laurie
      October 20, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      Aw, thanks Julie! Appreciate you stopping over today. It really was a beautiful day and I know they will be just perfect for each other 🙂

  8. laurie,
    I came by to thank you for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comments and I was so pleasantly surprised and touched as I read this amazing post written so eloquently and so heartfelt about the day a daughter married her love , from a mother's stand point! BEAUTIFUL!!!! Congrats to the happy couple and Congrats to you on your amazing family!!
    This post was such a joy to read and brought tears to my eyes….
    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this wonderful day !!


    1. Laurie
      October 20, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks for stopping over today Debbie and for your lovely comments. I'm so happy you enjoyed the post as much as I did to write it.

  9. Lisa
    October 24, 2015 at 4:10 am

    Looks like it was beautiful and a wonderful time! A perfect reflection of them….just what a wedding should be! 🙂

    1. Laurie
      October 29, 2015 at 5:19 am

      It was pretty awesome 🙂

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