So, yesterday’s post gave the Reader’s Digest abridged version of our daughter’s recent wedding in photos. Today’s post will make up for the lack of words yesterday. There were so many things to be thankful for during the wedding weekend. Everyone traveled safely to Florida and back, and the majority of the weekend events went off smooth as silk.
The day was about as perfect as you could get for weather in Florida. Not too humid for an outdoor wedding; low 80s; no rain. The couple wanted an “vintage, old Florida” feel without the stereotypical beachy accents common to a coastal wedding. Bowing Oaks Plantation was chosen for its country/casual atmosphere, yet elegant setting. Two hundred year old oak trees grace the ceremony site and make for a lovely backdrop…as well as lots of shade.
She planned this wedding for a year and took care of the majority of the details. She made all the boutonnieres. Even though the theme was “vintage, old Florida,” there needed to be some golf accents since they both are golf pros.
We all, literally, had a hand in creating the reception seating chart (thank you Pinterest).
The florist was turned loose with the stipulation to not use traditional wedding flowers. Palms, unique flowers and other greenery were preferred. And the florist didn’t disappoint. Touches of orchids, magnolias and unusual seedpod-like flowers were used.
The ring bearer was the couple’s dog, Birdie the Golfing Lab.
The ceremony was elegant yet causal and fun with more than a few impromptu moments. Bridesmaids were asked to wear a dress of their choosing in navy, forest green or in a palm print. The groomsmen ditched cummerbunds and ties for open-collar shirts and lightweight, summer suits….with pink flamingo socks.
Peanut and Twix were flower girls in tropical, two-piece outfits I made for them. Not sure they will ever wear them again, but they looked adorable for the day. Flowery head garlands, flower girl bracelets and essential oil diffuser lockets topped off the look.
Four of the five grandparents on our side were able to make the trip from Missouri to Florida. In their mid-80s, all of us were thankful they were still healthy enough to travel and (finally) witness their granddaughter’s wedding.
And, I’m always thankful when our family is all together in one place.
The Groom, who we will now call The Golfer2, escorted his mom down the aisle and even though his dad passed away a few years ago, we’re sure he was there in spirit along with all his grandparents.
The wedding party entered the reception to the song, Hooked on a Feeling. Specifically, the 1974 version done by Blue Swede. I’m sure many of you are now belting out ooga ooga ooga chaka...or, at least you are in your mind. 🙂
The reception room was reminiscent of a log cabin and, once completely decorated, the scene was enchanting.
But, this next photo is one of the two moments I was most thankful to witness. Much like last year when Entrepreneur walked his oldest down the aisle and danced with her, my eyes were leaking so it’s a good thing the photographer was there. Truth be told, I had serious doubts whether his cancer would allow him to make it to this day. Prayers answered.
Ahhh, yes, the cutting of the cake……..
….and The Golfer2 gets the first cake-face blindside.
But The Golfer gives as good as she gets.
Having been together for about five years, this wedding was a long time coming. Nothing will really change for them now…except her last name. They have beautiful memories of celebrating with those who love them most. And, like last year’s wedding, I believe Jesus was present and smiled on their special day.
Let marriage be held in honor by all.
A long post today, but filled with much in which to be thankful. And, thank you to Brian’s Home for hosting Thankful Thursday.