Thursday, August 25, 2011

August 20th 2011- Here comes the Bride

Mac, Carolyn and Kailynn
When we checked weather.com ten days before the wedding it said there would be a chance of rainfall. Thankfully, as the wedding day approached, the skies remained clear and the day couldn't have been more perfect for a wonderful ceremony.
Kailynn before the ceremony

The bridal party made their way down the grassy aisle to the sweet sound of a harp. Kailynn, my granddaughter, made it all the way to the front. "Hi...Hi...Hi..." she kept saying to those sitting along the aisle. We joked later that she thought this was HER day :)
The Ushers giving out the programs

As the guests walked towards their seats they were handed a program. It comprised of 5 cards tied with jute and slid into an airmail envelope. The final page read:

""Remembrance - Elcho Zaire Redding- my hero grandfather, he gave me his middle name, dry humor and vision of the Kingdom's agenda. 
He would have adored you, Katrina."

I must say, when I was helping to 'stuff' the envelopes I cried every time I read what Micah had written. 

Photo display
After the ceremony, people walked through the various rooms and looked at the different displays. There was a "guest book" which consisted of tags which were to be hung on branches. Carnations filled vintage jars...old books stacked on the center of tables....crocheted doilies filled in empty spaces. Instead of the usual slide show, there was a photo display of the bride and groom at various stages of their life. Also, corresponding photo frames encased pictures of parents, grand parents and great grandparents. 

Jam for the guests to remember the day
Each guest was asked to take a bottle of homemade jam...(I had never made jam in my life...the things we do for our kids)...200 jars of blueberry and strawberry jam rested in vintage crates and containers. Each jar had a burlap cover with a tag which read, "Home made with love" written on one side. Katrina insisted on writing each tag herself. On the other side of the tag there was a strawberry stamp if it was strawberry jam and a blueberry stamp if it was blueberry.

After a lovely evening of 'mini' reunions between friends and relatives....laughter...tears and lots of hugs, it was time to bid the bride and groom farewell as they headed off on their honeymoon. 

15 comments:

  1. Catching up on my reading. This is a lovely post. What fun you must have had while helping with this wedding. I can relate to the crazy things we'll do for our kids that we'd never think of doing otherwise--worth every second. ;-)

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  2. Thanks for sharing the wedding! Love that you made jam. What a great gift for each guest!

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  3. @ Jackie - yes, worth every second...and now I'm starting to help my other daughter prepare for her big day!

    @ Alexandra - making jam was a lot easier than I had thought...and my family got a kick out of the fact that every time I tasted some on a piece of bread I exclaimed, "It tastes just like real jam!!" The guests seemed to love the jam idea- and some went home with a few bottles :)

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  4. I would love to see pictures, more of them of the bride and the bridegroom.
    Jams sounds delicious.

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  5. What a lovely wedding! And such creative ideas.

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  6. Anjuli,

    Congratulations !!!! Jam for everyone - wow. I wish I were there.

    Are you planning to post some more pictures?

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  7. Had to come back and get another glimpse of that precious granddaughter of yours. I get to go see mine this weekend in Lake Tahoe. Can't wait!

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  8. @ Rama - I'll try to put more pics of bride and groom

    @ A - maybe I'll post some more- I did post some on google + Wish you had been here too- you'd have loved the jam

    @ Christine- thanks!! Still keeping you and your family in prayer! Will try and figure out why I can't seem to post on your site.

    @ Jackie- I even come back to take a few peeks :) Especially now that she has returned to Denver- I miss her so much- ENJOY your grandchild this weekend- I just LOVE having grandchildren!!!

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  9. I am catching up on my reading. Wonderful post, Connie. Enjoyed it a lot. I can imagine how exciting and fun it must have been. Congratulations.

    The displaying photos and home made jam are so different from Indian weddings.

    Hope you post more pictures at least on Google+

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  11. Anjuli - you've been named as a recipient of the Liebster award, head on over to my blog to find out more about it!

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  12. @ Nisha- I will try and post more pictures on Google+

    @ Annette- Thanks for the Liebster award :)

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  13. first time on ur blog. came here through Nisha's blog Le Monde

    about the wedding, the photo display is a wonderful idea, so loved it but we never have these kind of stuff in traditional Indian weddings :(

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  14. I'm late commenting, although I saw your post some time ago on my Smart Phone. This is such a wonderfully innovative way to do a wedding. Makes it a great experience for the guests. And love your pictures. I can't imagine having the presence of mind to get photos, with all that was going on.

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  15. @ Sujatha Sathya- love your blog!!! Thanks for visiting...I'm glad you liked the idea of how the wedding was done.

    @ Vera- looking forward to the upcoming events on your blog :)...the wedding was a very nice experience- I have to be honest I did NOT even have a camera that day- all these pictures were taken by my friends or relatives & I should make a note of that - I did ask them permission, so I need to acknowledge that it was them who took the pics and not me.

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