Yes, It’s true…I thought I was done with the wedding posts but nope, got one more in me…
7 a.m., Nov. 15th, I got this Facebook message from a very dear friend who shared with me a couple of months ago that she had found a very special “beau”, “Do you plan to be in town November 30th?”. I had a feeling what was coming. She was getting married! Very excited for her as she deserves every bit of the happiness she has found. What could I say, other than “Do you need some paper flowers?” She had two weeks. I had lots of sticks and flowers (and spreadsheets!) Let the turbo-planning begin! Made that four month timeline for the first wedding seem extensive! Although that quick turnaround presents all kinds of obstacles, there is also a wonderful simplicity in planning and designing a wedding with a tight timeline. Obviously there is stress, but it is not a prolonged stress. Decisions just have to be made. You have to work with what you have. You cannot worry about that which you cannot change. And for the most part, it turned out absolutely perfect.
Starting with the theme of joining hands to become family, we wanted to be sure that we hit the main features that the bride felt were important. Creating an intimate space, just for the two of them, was the most important with a bit of drama and a dash of glamour. Look familiar?
Since the groom was a great friend with their pastor, who also served as the best man, the venue was set. The bride’s four grown children along with her sister formed the bridal party.
A hand blessing read by the matron of honor, sister of the bride, had special meaning for the bride and her family. Gotta love that hooplah!
In order to include the children of the bride in the ceremony and create the family bond, the couple presented each child with a special necklace to commemorate the day.It was a wonderful gesture that along with their family sharing in communion together, symbolized the new oneness of their family.The look on her face here says it all…
As we were breaking down the wedding decorations in April, some of the helpers( let’s be honest, mostly the menfolk) asked, “What do you want us to do with this stuff? Put it in the dumpster!?!?!” WHAT!?!? ARE YOU INSANE?!?! However, truth be told, we really had no idea what we were going to do with them. They have been in storage ever since. To be able to reimagine and share them with this couple on their special day made the decision to hang on to them a blessing.
Now, who’s next?