October 27, 2013
Many of you have followed along as we prepared for our daughter's wedding. I thought I would put together a post with all the details of the beautiful day, including a slide show of some of my favorite pictures.
The wedding was held in our backyard. The prep work throughout the summer kept us busy, but it was worth it. I can look out my back door and still have images of the beautiful day...how great is that. The weather was beautiful. Being at the end of August we were worried it was going to be really hot, but it wasn't. We had a nice cloud cover that kept the heat down.
Everything went perfect throughout the day. We had a house full of people that's for sure. We had Tiana and her girls in our bedroom getting ready while we had Donnie and his guys at the other end of the house in Tiana's room getting ready. That was fun trying to keep the two of them from seeing each other. They decided to take their pictures before the wedding. Because our back yard was full of tables and chairs there wasn't really anyplace they could use. We live pretty close to a park that is right on the river, so that's where they did them.
The ceremony was beautiful. Donnie and Tiana are both on staff at church for high school ministries, so they asked Roger, who is the pastor of high school ministries to do the ceremony. He knows them both so well and has watched them grow as a couple it was only fitting. He even got choked up during the ceremony and said "This is good". While they did communion the best man played How He Loves Me...such a special moment.
Because the wedding was at 7:00 we went with a dessert reception. We had all kinds of cookies, and cupcakes. To help keep the sugar levels down we did do a fruit salad and some veggies too. After the cake cutting, first dance and father-daughter/son-mother dance, the rest of the evening was spent dancing and having a wonderful time. We had to stop the reception and 10:00 though because of the noise curfew. My parents have a 33 Dodge and Donnie and Tiana had my dad drive them away in it. It's the same car my husband and I used 23 years ago when we got married.
Because it was so late, we weren't going to worry about cleaning anything up until the next day. We were standing around talking and I looked over and bunch of their friends were picking up chairs and starting to clean up. So we all pitched in and had in cleanup in no time. It's a good thing we did too because it rained so hard that night. We would have had a big mess to deal with the next day.
I put together a slide show of some of my favorite pictures from the wedding. The song I used is the one everyone walked in to. The song starts off really soft..but it's there. I hope you enjoy it.
I want to say thank you to everyone who helped make this day so special for Donnie and Tiana. We couldn't have done this without you.