The kindest and sweetest kind of power couple you could ever ask for. Honestly, they were so incredibly gracious and classy. And the wedding was gorgeous.
But let’s start at the beginning.
Back when all nine kids in Dave’s family started to gather in North Carolina. All nine kids were able to figure out how to get there. There were a few spouses who couldn’t get there, but nine kids is pretty good if you ask me.
Here’s the group that arrived in from the desert late one night:
And here we are when we met up with some others at the Bed and Breakfast where we stayed:
…in this beautiful home:
We experienced some great southern hospitality.
…and celebrated with the cute bride and bridesmaids.
Here are all the sisters and sister-in-laws:
We had a little time after that before the rehearsal dinner so we decided to take a road trip to see Duke University. We had a little complication with trying to fit too many in our rental van.
That cute girl on the left, by the way, is our nephew (the little brother of the groom)’s girlfriend Leah. She was so good to put up with being stuck with us all day. So fun to get to know her better. Our nephew (her boyfriend) is in a really cool band called Vinyl Theater. You should check it out HERE and HERE. They are really good.
We stopped by the Raleigh temple as well. It was gorgeous. I had to go “touch” it for my kids. There’s a quote I love that says: “If you let your children touch the temple it will touch them.” More about that back HERE.
Bride and groom on the right below:
Little brothers on the left. (And cute friends surrounding.)
We couldn’t resist taking advantage of the beautiful light and doing some family pics.
Dave’s parents with all nine kids:
Love them all.
The next day we walked to a big farmer’s market in the morning. Say some cool sights on the way:
This was a really cool market. SO many vendors for as far as your eye could see.
See that house back behind them below?
That’s the house he was born in.
While they were taking all the wedding pictures we took our own.
All the girls:
All the boys:
Yeah, we are goofy.
The great parents:
Girls with in-laws included:
The reception was in a huge white tent looking out over the oak tree and this:
Have I mentioned before that this family has got the moves?
Like, serious moves.
So grateful to these two for bringing us all together for such an awesome event.
There was also a dance for the dads with their daughters. I don’t know why I can’t find that picture because I know I took one, but maybe not because I was tearing up a little.
To see Dave’s Dad with those four girls of his, eyes brimming with tears of gratitude.
It was a tender moment.
They also had all the couples dance. Every few minutes the earliest-married couples had to move off until only the ones married the very longest were dancing away.
Dave’s parents, just one month shy of their fiftieth wedding anniversary, lasted the longest.
We are celebrating that this weekend…much more to come, but man alive, they are good people and am I ever glad they found each other fifty years ago.
One more big huge group hug/dance at the end, with the bridal couple starting, then the parents joining, then grandparents and siblings, etc.
By the end of the song it was just a huge group of love.