Last week, after a series of “plan b’s,” my daughter got married amidst majestic red rocks and surrounded (but not too close!), by immediate family.
…to the man of her dreams.
…amidst a world pandemic.
And it was one of my favorite days.
There are still such beautiful things going on in this world.
We met up with Carson’s family at a mid-way point that took our breath away with beauty. Elle wore a dress she delightedly found at Target (she decided to save the wedding dress she had made for the sealing, and fell in love with this one for this occasion), borrowed a veil from a friend, Carson rounded up some clothes (since really, he only packed to be here for a few days and didn’t bring anything fancy), his mom brought him some shoes (hence no shoes in some of these pictures because we took them before she arrived), and Elle opted out of shoes all together. We gathered an assortment of nature for her bouquet, had a picnic lunch (a very fancy one lovingly prepared and sent with us some pretty amazing friends), and it was a perfect day.
There was something about the simplicity of it all that just made it perfect. Made it so that we could truly concentrate on what was most important: that these two were getting married.
We got there a little early to check out this spot my friend had recommended and my parents had scoped out earlier, and take some pictures.
And when we arrived we were all so happy because it was exactly what Elle had hoped it would be.
We ate lunch and came back with Carson’s family (and the rest of ours). I loved watching Elle help Lucy maneuver down that path to the spot.
Carson’s parents said a little something at the first…
…followed by us:
Dave walked his girl down the “isle” to some beautiful music:
And then my darling Dad, perched in the midst of all that beauty, pronounced the most beautiful ceremony.
He brought in all the symbolism of that spot, the beauty of marriage juxtaposed with nature. All the beautiful traditional phrases mixed together so beautiful: “dearly beloved,” “to have and to hold,” “this is my solemn vow,” “with this ring I thee wed.” And he suggested about eight symbols that could be taken from where they stood to remember that holy day going forward. It was all so beautiful, maybe I will post more of the ceremony here some time.
As much as I adored the ceremony itself, the vows those two had written out and read to each other were my favorite part of the whole day.
And then they were pronounced Husband and Wife.
I’m sure everyone’s cheeks were aching by this time from all the smiling. It was just so happy. Lucy was so excited to give that big sister she adores so much a big, giant hug:
As was everyone else:
…and that new brother too.
All my girls:
…and boys too (the seven I always wanted 🙂
New and improved family:
All the pictures of Carson’s family are on his sister’s camera so I don’t have those yet, but here’s one at least with his mom, who I adore:
Oh and gotta stick in the Lucy-signature-pose one:
How is it possible that I have two married children?? And two of the best in-law kids ever?
So grateful these dear grandparents could be there:
But most especially grateful that that day these two who were meant for each other were joined in marriage:
And that together they get to prepare to be sealed together when the temples open back up.
I love that we had the opportunity to separate those two sacred ordinances, and appreciate them with more depth for how beautiful they each are.
Dearly Beloveds. We love you.