The wedding

Of course I’m not taking the blame for taking 10 months to post this

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You see, I would have finished Princess’s wedding post a long time ago but there were so many stinking good pictures that I had to sort through and resize that it’s taken me 10 months to finally finish it up.

Well ok, maybe it’s a little bit my fault but I guess it’s better late than never. And even though this is going to be a really long post, too bad because I finally have all the pictures resized and so you’re getting them all!

(Since you’ve probably forgotten, click here to read the other wedding posts.)

We left off with getting ready on Saturday morning at the church. Pictures were scheduled for 9:30 am. Everyone was running a little bit behind schedule (except Princess) but I guess that’s probably to be expected. Thankfully Princess’ mom was thinking and brought activity bags for the kiddos. So along with that and wagon rides from Papa they kept pretty busy while we waited and took pictures.

And were as cute as can be in their wedding attire (or lack of in Caleb’s case).

It was close to 10 am when everyone was finally ready. It was time for the husband and wife to be to see each other. They met in the Sanctuary with only the photographer present…

It continued to rain throughout the day but it would let up for a few minutes and the photographer and wedding party would hustle to get some outside shots. And then everyone would come in again. And we’d repeat that a couple times.

The wedding party…

Bridesmaids…

Groomsmen…

Ushers…Prince is the second one from the left

Prankster’s family…

Princess’s mom’s family

Princess’s dad’s family…

Princess and Prankster with our immediate family…

One bummer was that we forgot to ask the photographer to take pictures of the entire side of Princess’s family. In most step-families that might seem weird but for us, we are all one big family (Princess’s mom and step-dad are Angel’s God-parents). So we were disappointed to not have a picture of all of us together.

Princess and Prankster with the flower girls (Angel and Prankster’s sister) and the ring bearer (chubby Caleb)…

We finally got through pictures of the bride and groom, wedding party and family and it was time to relax and have a light lunch (provided by a friend of Prankster’s family) until 1:00 pm.

The girls praying together just before walking down the aisle…

And helping the bride to cool off…

And before we knew it, it was 1:00 and our baby girl was getting married.

The wedding party waited patiently to be ushered into the church. My sister hung back to help Angel and Caleb get into the wagon and not kill each other in the process. The grandparents were ushered in first of course. And shortly after it was the parent’s turn. Seriously? I’m the step-mother of the bride? This can’t be happening.

I held it together pretty well. Until Princess’s step-dad got a hug from Prankster, sat down and lost it. Come on Dan!  I got under control until the moms all went up to light the unity candle. I was honored to be asked by Princess to do this with her mom and Prankster’s mom. While we were lighting the candle I lost it again (my composure, thankfully not the candle).

The wedding party came in and then Angel and Caleb. And I cried again. They did so good and had such proud looks on their faces. It was precious.  And finally it was time. Princess and Pat came down the aisle and Pat surprisingly didn’t cry.  He was (and is) so proud of his baby girl.

Pastor Bill officiated the ceremony and our friend Ryan gave an awesome message. After their vows and all the normal ceremony stuff they were pronounced mr and mrs. And kissed… (hee hee)

The parents praying over Princess and Prankster…

After that it was honestly all a blur. Greeting so many friends and family. It was very non-stressful though. The wedding coordinators of our church are amazing and they made the day so relaxing and fun. I can never thank them enough.  The food was amazing. We enjoyed visiting with everyone and sharing this special day with Princess and her new hubby.

Notes of encouragement. Friends and family were asked to leave notes of encouragement and advice for the newlyweds…

The amazing food…

Playing the marriage game. They were asked questions and had to raise Princess’s shoe is it was something she would do and raise Prankster’s shoe if it was something he would do. For example, “who will do the dishes?” I’m thinking Prankster is cheating in this picture…

Caleb was so wiped out! This was about 2 minutes after the ceremony…

My precious flower girl…

Cutting the cake…

Love the look Princess!

My parents with Angel…

My kiddos!

Me and my sister-in-law Leana…

Princess with Grandma Barb (Pat’s mom)…

Me with my sister and mom…

The moms…don’t they look amazing for having just planned a wedding?

Half way through the reception Pat and I drove to a nearby town (just 10 minutes away) to decorate the honeymoon suite for Princess and Prankster! While we hated missing part of the reception we had to make sure their room was perfect!  It was pretty funny as we came back into the church because they were kinda stalling waiting for us to get back.  Prankster’s dad had already shared a blessing for the kids and so it was Pat’s turn.

Before we came in the room Prankster was going on and on about his new parents. He shared how wonderful his parents were and how wonderful Princess’s mom and step-dad were and how wonderful Princess’s step-mom was. He then started talking about Pat and how intimidating he was and stuff like that. He wasn’t really saying how wonderful Pat was like he did for the other parents.  Just as he was talking about Pat we walked into the fellowship hall where the reception was.  It was absolute perfect timing because then Prankster tried to cover himself and say all these nice things about Pat.

Here’s Prankster’s dad sharing…

And the look on Prankster’s face when we Pat walked into the room (busted!)…

And Pat sharing…

Around 4:00 pm or so Princess and Prankster started saying their goodbyes. I would say it was probably 4:30 pm when they were ready to go. Their get-a-way vehicle was Pat’s Jeep and tragically we didn’t decorate it. I know they are probably not going to look back and be devastated by an un-decorated get-a-way vehicle but it caused me to lose sleep for a few days. (Imagine that, me getting upset about something so silly).  We blew bubbles as they ran out of the church and drove away.

Now the not so fun part began. The clean up! Isn’t it interesting that everyone seems to scatter during this part.  Well not everyone. We did have a good crew hang around and help us clean up.  And then it was home to crash.

The next day we met up with Princess and Prankster and all the family to open presents. They were so blessed by family and friends. They received many great gifts and lots of cash too.  The next morning they left for their honeymoon road trip to Florida.

Over 3 6 10 months later, surprisingly I don’t keep telling myself that I can’t believe she’s married. I can’t believe she’s all grown up but she’s such a fabulous wife that it just seems natural, it’s what God has called her to. Prankster is one blessed dude to have our baby girl as his honey until the end of time.  And we are thankful for Prankster and are blessed to have him in our family.

Our prayer for Princess and Prankster is that they would daily grow closer to Christ.  Because it’s through their relationship with Jesus that they can be the best husband and wife to each other and fall more and more in love every day!

Sneak peak: they skipped

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(Photographs courtesy of Nicole Marie Photography.)

(Yes, these are from Princess and Prankster’s wedding from JUNE.)

(You can read the first wedding post here.)

(I’m not even going to tell you I’m almost done with the 2nd and 3rd wedding posts because I know you won’t believe me.)

(I love how Prankster looks the same in every single picture. And Princess looks beautiful.)

The day she became a mrs part 1

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(Alternate title: It’s about time I post about Princess’ wedding.)

Saturday, June 12th was here before we knew it. Overall the week leading up to Princess’s wedding was pretty unstressful. (Click on the category “The wedding” to read these posts). Princess is the most organized well-planned young lady I’ve ever seen and you could certainly tell that as we came to her and Prankster’s big day.

Saturday morning she had a 7 am appointment to get her hair done. I drove over to get some pictures of her and to see how she was holding up.

You see it was raining. And they’d planned for all outdoor pictures. Without really a plan b.

But she was doing great. Nothing was going to damper her spirits. I was so proud of her that she wasn’t letting the rain get her down.  I had also prayed for help for myself and committed to not letting myself worry about things out of my control. I might just be a control freak and have a ridiculous need to overplan and know everything that’s going to happen and how it’s going to happen and oh ya, maybe there’s a better way that it should happen.

I know, I need major therpay.

But not Princess. She was beaming.

Her hair appointment went great and a little after 8 am we were on our way to the church. But not before I drove through Starbucks to get Princess her last chai tea as a single lady.

I got ready quick and then spent the next hour or so just enjoying being there with Princess and her bridesmaids. I didn’t really have to do much at all and so that was nice.  Pat and the kids got there around 9:00 am to get ready so that changed things just a little and kept me busy.  The plan was for Princess and Prankster to start pictures at 9:30 am.

Mommy Vickie helping Princess get her dress on.

I love this picture. Holding one baby girl as I look at my other. (tears)

Princess with her maid of honor/best friend/cousin Erica.

Caleb looking as handsome as ever. Wearing his cool shoes.

9:30 am came and went but the pictures didn’t start. What would this day bring?

The groom. He doesn’t look excited, does he?

(photographs courtesy of Nicole Pierson Photography)