Monday, April 14, 2014

Wedding Weekend

We had such a fun (and exhausting) weekend celebrating the wedding of a very special couple.  When we moved to Hendersonville and started at our church, Lindsay was a senior in our youth group.  The youth group was very small at that point so we got to know those kids really well.  Lindsay loved my children from the start and they loved her.  In fact, she was the first non-family babysitter we ever had and at that time Will screamed his head off when I left him was dealing with some separation anxiety so it was not easy for me to leave him and I'm sure it was not easy on Lindsay.  Although we were devastated when she left for college we still saw her often and maintained a close relationship (and her younger sister became our babysitter).  She started dating Ryan and they both helped with multiple youth events over the years.  I have always been so impressed by their relationship and how focused they both are on their relationships with God. When Lindsay and Ryan got engaged, she asked Josh to officiate the wedding, Isabel to be her flower girl and Will to be her ring bearer.  We were so excited to be a part of this sweet couple's special day!

It is impossible to know what to expect of your children in certain situations and this was definitely one of those times.  I have to say that I was ridiculously proud of both kids throughout the entire weekend.  Friday we checked Isabel out of school a little early to get to the rehearsal in time.  Both kids followed directions perfectly the entire time.  I was a little concerned when I found out that 1) Will would actually be holding the real rings and 2) that both kids would stand in the front throughout the wedding.  However, they acted like little wedding pros and did everything right! :)

ready to rehearse!

Will standing on a rock so he could be taller than Isabel

The day of the wedding started with a morning soccer game in which Will's team was amazing and we think Will scored 2 goals. (yes, I said think.  Have you ever seen a bunch of 4 and 5 year olds play soccer?  It is pretty impossible to tell who actually kicked the ball into the goal).  Then we headed to the wedding.  Both kids looked precious and handled the waiting and pictures really well.  The wedding was absolutely beautiful!  It was so simple but so creative, classy and fun.  It fitted the couple perfectly!  Josh did a great job as well.  He was able to make the stressed couple laugh throughout the day as well as during the service.  I love listening to him talk about marriage and what the Bible says about how husbands and wives should love each other.  Lindsay and Ryan wrote their own vows and they were perfect.  They were endearing, funny, sentimental and summed up their relationship perfectly!  It was a perfect wedding!

My beautiful flower girl just looked way too grown up

So proud of these two!

Did I mention the wedding was outside and that there were bees EVERYWHERE?  Just another thing my kids handled flawlessly.  During the ceremony a bee was buzzing around Isabel's head but she just stood very still and looked at me with big eyes and luckily it flew away.

Isabel with the beautiful bride!
(Isabel loves to say they are both redheads)
(no Isabel's hair is not really red but she does have a lot of red in it so she declares it red)

Isabel with the sister of the bride (who is also our fabulous babysitter)

loved this!

be still my heart.... I love this little man

This was about 30 seconds after the wedding was over.  He just couldn't be still any longer and started running around in circles.  His shirt was untucked about a minute later. 

always willing to pose for a picture

These doors were set up outside and closed until time for the bride to walk down the aisle 

Josh looking so handsome in his suit trying to restrain these 2 crazy kids

Family picture

After the wedding was over Will ran around for a while and then found a huge stick that he used to hit the trees with.  Have I mentioned lately that he is ALL BOY?

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