Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Wedding!!!

Hello!!! There is sooooooooo much to share with you, I haven’t a clue where to start! I’m just going to dive in headlong, so hold on!!!

Last Saturday was the wedding…THE wedding, the one that’s been planned now for over a year. What an incredible day! It came together perfectly, wonderfully and beautifully. It had been unseasonably cold, rainy & dreary all week long. On Saturday morning, we awoke to those same cold temps, but beautiful sunshine! What a blessing. It truly set the tone for a wonderful day!

The entire wedding party met together at the church around 9:00 Saturday morning. Brennan and Breezy were seeing one another beforehand, so that many of the photos could be taken in advance of the ceremony. However, they shared a few special moments together, just the two of them (captured at a distance by the photographer) when he saw her for the first time as his bride. (I can't wait to see those photos!)

The original plan was to take many of the remaining photos outdoors. However, because of all the rain, mud & cold temps, they decided instead to make arrangements to use a local old theater instead. It was beautiful!

Special thanks to my sister, Marcia for capturing so many of these photos for me, all throughout the day (and even the night before at the rehearsal!) What a gift! Although I'm very anxious to see the photographer's photos, it was wonderful to have a huge array of candid shots (over 200 from her alone!) Thanks also to Dale Robertson who graciously shared his photos, as well. (Trying to narrow them down was no small task, let me tell you!)
The juniors, ring bearer and flower girl.

The WHOLE wedding party!

Beautiful Breezy

All the lovely ladies...

My two favorite guys...

Tom and I, just before the ceremony

Breezy's Mom, Lisa

Awaiting his bride...

What a great moment...

Brennan & Breezy planned a very meaningful and Christ-centered ceremony. At the outset, during a hymn, they had set aside a few brief moments for a time of prayer with us as parents, Breezy with hers and Brennan with us. It was very special and something we will never forget.

The service was officiated by pastors who are very dear to Brennan & Breezy. They did an amazing job, and their messages complimented one another beautifully. There was great emphasis on the covenant they were entering into, and the challenge to make their marriage mirror the relationship of Christ and the church. It was a powerful reminder to all married couples.

With this ring...

Signing their covenant

At the close of the ceremony, there was unmistakable, radiant joy that these two were now husband and wife!

LOTS of family photos after the ceremony. I love this one. = )

My Mom & Dad (He was wearing dress shoes for the first time since his injury...every time I thought about how bad my feet were aching, I thought of him. He was in a good bit of pain, but kept on smiling.)

From the decor to the favors, Breezy's family did an incredible job. They had worked on various items for several weeks and everything looked so elegant. Breezy's Grandmother made 40 of these beautiful arrangements! On Thursday, everything was brought to the church and we started putting it all together. As friends arrived from out of town, they all jumped in to was a great time!

Here is the happy couple making their grand entrance at the reception!

The extraordinary cookie table! In keeping with Italian tradition, there were all sorts of cookies offered. (In addition to the beautiful cake!) Among them, Kolache, thumprint cookies, crinkles, Mexican wedding cookies, shortbread, biscotti and clothespins. With the exception of two cookies, all the rest were made by family friend, Brittany Robertson. She was baking and freezing for several weeks, and did an amazing job...they were INCREDIBLE!

The food itself was delicious... Italian wedding soup, salad, chicken & fettucini alfredo and Italian green beans.

Another HUGE hit of the day was the coffee bar. Bren & Breezy had arranged it through a local coffee house who came in and set up shop. They made coffee drinks and smoothies all afternoon!

My nephew, Blake and his lovely girlfriend Lydia

Remember how Brennan proposed? He wrote a play called "She Said Yes." Near the end of the reception (as a transition to their getaway), they had arranged for the same people who originally played the parts to re-enact the play. It went beautifully and the crowd absolutely loved it!

As the play ended and they prepared for the tossing of the bouquet and their departure...they took a few moments to thank everyone for sharing in their special day.

All smiles at the end of the reception, my beautiful nieces, Jordyn & Blaire.

And finally...a picture of my sister, Marcia with my lovely niece, Brooke!

A wonderful day, indeed. Hope you've enjoyed these glimpses of the wedding. Thank you for sharing in our joy and excitement for all these months. We wish Brennan & Breezy a lifetime of love, joy and happiness together.


His Daughter said...

so very sweet, it all looks so beautiful. i wish you & your family all the best that God has for you. be happy :)

Tracy said...
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Becky said...

Oh, all turned out SOOOO beautiful!

Your handsome son and his beautiful bride do look positively radiant, and the picture of your guys, and you and your hubby are frameworthy, too (all of those photographs turned out so nice). Their ceremony sounds like it was a lovely Christ centered one, and I know that the foundation they have built upon will make for a very strong and healthy marriage.

Congratulations to you all...especially the newlyweds!

Just a little something from Judy said...

I looked forward to this wedding for so long, and I was not one bit disappointed. What a lovely wedding with so many beautiful people involved. I loved every single pictures, especially the ones where Brennan and Breezy could not stop smiling. You can tell many hours of time, thought and love went into. You definitely have a good looking family. The picture of you and your husband is so GOOD!!!

What a God we serve! And, how wonderfully He leads, quides and directs His children. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures with us. I only wish there would have been more.

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

Thank you so much for the beautiful re-cap of the wedding! It's much your son and his bride LOVE the Lord!

Each special touch is simply BEAUTIFUL!!

Thank you again, for sharing your sons wedding with us!!

Are you feeling rested after this amazing event?

Kristi said...

Oh, delight! Thank you for so graciously sharing the special day with us too. Your absolute joy is so evident in every photo that you chose and every precious word that you typed. looked gorgeous!!!! May the Lord bless their marriage abundantly!

Melanie said...

Congratulations to the happy couple! Such gorgeous pictures... and you looked gorgeous yourself!!

Anonymous said...

As I mentioned on Facebook, this was one of the most Christ-centered weddings I've ever attended. My heart was so overjoyed for the happy couple. (And I do not mind saying I may steal some of their ideas for my own wedding someday!!)

You were beautiful, and Tom was beaming. I'm so happy for you and your family as you begin this new stage of life!

Love you much,


elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Thank you for sharing the beauty of the day with us. I've been waiting for some pictures and thoughts. I know that your heart must have run the full spectrum of emotions over the past few weeks. These kind of occasions have a way of touching every heart string at some point along the way. How I pray for your mother's heart this day, that it will continue to grow in a new direction even as your family continues to grow.

Blessings, sweet Tracy, to you and the new couple as they begin the journey as man and wife. I'm so happy for all of you.


Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

It looks like everything came together just beautifully! You must have a huge "sigh" today! Congratulations to all!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Kathy S. said...

Something in my heart flutters at every wedding now that we have had beautiful!

I love seeing how creative and different weddings can be!

Truly lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Lea said...

What a gorgeous wedding!
I'm so happy and can't stop smiling!
May the Lord bless this special couple and may they live happily ever after!!

Tricia said...

Oh I am so happy for you and for Brennan and Breezy... I know they are going to be so happy together and have a wonderful marriage! I love the pictures, and what a wonderful idea to sign a covenant, I have never seen that before but I love it!


Pia said...

how lovely! i love weddings. i remember mine some seven years ago.

Diana said...

Simply beautiful!!!

Congratulations to everyone.

LisaShaw said...

Oh precious Sugar, I don't even know what to say. I read and viewed the photos and am sitting here in tears. Every thing and everyone has the stamp of the LORD's love all over it. How absolutely beautiful.

I'm praying for the new couple. Love you much and thanks for sharing this ever so precious time with all of us. I felt like I was there.

Happy@Home said...

I completely enjoyed getting a glimpse of Brennan & Breezy's wedding. I could just feel the happiness and love that were so evident by the look on everybody's face. How nice that so many family members contributed to make this a special and unforgettable day. The coffee bar sounds like a wonderful idea and so fun. Congratulations to all of you on this happy time in your family. It was so good to see your dad and mom looking so well.

Tracy said...

Thank you for all your kind comments! It was indeed a wonderful, special and unforgettable day for our family.

Edie said...

Hi Tracy! I'm playing catch-up on your posts here. I haven't had as much opportunity to blog visit like I used to. :)

Oh what a beautiful wedding! I love the wedded bliss on their faces! Really enjoyed the pictures!

Love and blessings to you my friend!

Joyful said...

Oh they say a picture is worth a thousand words! So many memories and cherished moments are written into each picture. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing this precious day with us. So wonderful to see a young couple who are building their lives on a household of faith.