Friday, September 17

a love story...


yes, well you might ask where i have been these last couple of weeks. last month my oldest daughter announced she would be getting married in 3 weeks. the wedding was planned for april (they have been dating for 4 years!) but the two of them decided they wanted to be married before he swore in to the marines in 21 days. i went into shock at the announcement. actually it can be done, pulling off a wedding in 3 weeks... but i don't recommend it...

i love this photo of the two of them, it does tell a love story doesn't it. they are blissfully happy together now and they thought the wedding was perfect. it rained on the lovely garden reception. drops puddled around the frosting on the wedding cake and the tablecloths were damp. still the couple was glowing. at one point in the evening i saw him twirling her around with her dress billowing. i just caught a glimpse of their faces, they were laughing as the warm summer rain fell on them. how else do you start a life together?

its just that she was ready to go, and i wasn't quite ready to let her...


my sister katherine had her camera and was taking photos, i just love this one of the gorgeous green ruffled shoes and the bride bouquet. a mix of long stemmed roses and english roses from her grandmothers flower garden wrapped in long strands of silk ribbon.


i ordered these gorgeous sugar hydrangeas from sweet petal bakery. 100 sherbet colored flowers and pale mint colored leaves were dusted with edible shimmer and arranged on a the buttercream frosting cake. they were gorgeous and the cake was delicious. a little summer rain never hurt a good cake....


these are a couple more photos we used to plan the decorations and flowers. this photo was from a site all about flowers...


this photo was on etsy, can't find it now. it was from a seller that had baskets full of vintage tablecloths i guess.


flickr always has gorgeous color collections!



we didn't have time to order fancy invitations so we bought two boxes of these pretty printed blank cards from paper pigeon and set up the text on the computer and had them printed at our copy shop. the paper store had precut photo tissues to put on top of the photo and we added a little insert in a glassine envelope and tied the bundle together with vintage string.



so now it is back to our regularly scheduled life. there is now one less plate at the dinner table and one empty room downstairs.

yet in the way life continues to surprise and delight me, where before we had one now there are two.
julie

22 comments:

Bonnie said...

Congratulations to the happy couple and to all who made this wedding a day to remember!

Deb said...

Congratulations ♥

Lorrie said...

Congratulations. My youngest daughter was married two weeks ago and there's a rather empty feeling in my heart. I know it will fill once again, as you say, now there are two lives to fill it. But it takes time.

m i c h e l l e said...

Hi Julie...Marina looks so content in that photo...and the way you describe their first day as marrieds is absolutely sweet. Sending hugs of congratulations!

tamdoll said...

Congratulations!
This is so exciting and so beautiful. You CAN see the love in that picture, it is really precious.

Jillayne said...

What a lovely story - wondered where you had got to but this explains everything. They go when they're ready, don't they, not when we are. It sounds as though you put that aside and helped give your girl a wonderful wedding - the best a mom can do. I loved the way you put it at the end, lovely thoughts. Congratulations and all the very best!

RACHELLE said...

that is so adorable! congrats to the new couple! and to you! 3 weeks to pull that off! wow!

shell

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Stephanie said...

Wow... a wedding in three weeks? Well done! It's all so lovely! Looking forward to more photos (hint hint). And I LOVE those green shoes!!!

kt said...

congratulations! i love the photo of the ruffled shoes wedding dress and bouquet so beautiful. Their photo does exude love and happiness a wonderful combination!
kt

margaret said...

Congratulations and well done you pulling it all together in 3 weeks! Gorgeous photos, the green shoes are my fav! Now you just and relax a bit! M

Parkside View said...

It was such a lovely wedding, and she looked amazing in her dress! I thought all of the details were so perfect. I'm even more impressed to hear that you only had three weeks (why was I unaware of that?)to pull off such a charming event, but that is what can be expected of you. You are a true talent!

Oh, and the cupcakes were amazing. I must know who made them!

pawspraylaugh said...

Yikes only 3 weeks to plan a wedding, that's a whole lot of gum to chew in such a short time;)Your daughter is a beauty for sure. Wow another love story in the making...blessings to the new couple "and the two became one."

Kika said...

what a beautiful love story, I'm not surprised that you were able to pull of a wedding in 3 weeks. I bet it was beautiful.

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

What a lovely couple, Julie! Congratulations to them and to you, amazing Mother-of-the-Bride who helped put what sounds like a lovely wedding together in a mere three weeks! Would love to see more photos, as the one with the ruffled shoes, wedding gown and bouquet is simply gorgeous!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Julie
Oh so romantic and not unlike a war time marriage.
Not a lot of time for planning, sends us into complete panic as we've been dreaming about this day since our daughters were babes in arms!

You did so well Julie and I can see it was a magical day.
The special details were all there.
LOve her bouquet - that's so special having roses from her Grandmothers garden!

The bride and groom were happy and isn't that 'everything'?!

A shower of rain is good luck for a wedding - it's a sign of "abundance"!
I wish them a long, joyous and blessed life together.

I too know that 'empty' feeling. Our daughter went to France at 22 and still lives there. Now we have two beautiful French granddaughters to love.

Thank you for sharing and take care.
Big hugs from New Zealand.
Shane

Ravenhill said...

You are back!!! I am so pleased! A huge congratulations to you all! What a sweet and happy couple... May they have a lifetime of wedded bliss. I also married my husband on pretty short notice and it was great and we are more and more happily married all the time.
Looking forward to seeing what you will be up to craftwise!
emily xo

Mary said...

Congratulations on the nuptials and also to the woman who pulled it all together in 3 weeks!

Debbie said...

Wow, you truly are a super hero. A wedding in three weeks, way to go, and congratulations!! They make a lovely couple!!!

Terri S said...

Congratulations and Best Wishes
to the new Mr & Mrs.
What lovely photos and a sweet story. Everything seemed to come together perfectly in those 3 short weeks.
PS I'd say you were rather busy LOL.

jenn said...

Julie, your sweet story brought a tear to my eye. My daughters are only 11 and 9, but just the thought of them there at the alter makes my heart skip a beat. Congratulations to you and your lovely daughter.

chrissy said...

how beautiful.
i LOVE this LOVE story!
what a wonderful mom you are!

c

Tammie Lee said...

oh my, that does sound like a surprise, wonderful and challenging.
I love her shoes!!! and I had not idea that hydrangeas are edible. They are gorgeous and the invites are sublime. How wonderful. Congratulations to you all. I wish the couple a life of happiness~

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