A few years ago my nephew (my older sister Saren’s son) brought his new girlfriend up to meet us all at Bear Lake.
We all fell in love with her and this summer, to kick off our family reunion, (and kind of for us to come full circle since this is where we met her), those two got married right there overlooking that “thin-place” lake of mine.
It was an incredible wedding.
Incredibly filled up with so many celebratory ideas and also with the work it took to make them come to fruition. Phew!!
Creating a beautiful lakeside wedding
First of all, get a village of people to help you. Luckily there was a TEAM of helpers. And when I capitalized “team” I really meant it. Maybe we should call it an army actually.
Because we have 54 people on our side of the family and I think my sister’s husband Jared has 76 in theirs (yes, that is true…there are nine kids in both of our families and Jared’s family is a few years ahead of ours). And that isn’t even including Lexy’s family who were the masterminds of this whole deal. They are amazing.
I wish I had more pictures of the set up because boy howdy. There were truckloads and more truckloads of things brought to set everything up, people moving and ironing and fixing and arranging all day.
But then there we were, the chairs set up, the altar area all beautifully adorned with flowers, a bride and groom ready to go (after losing the ring for just a minute through the slats of the porch, causing a little stress, but successfully fishing that thing out:
The guests began to arrive.
Carson’s face is showing how excited we were when Max and Abby arrived:)
Awwwww, REUNITED feels so good!
Oh wait, gotta get Lu in there too:
There we go.
(MISSING Grace and Claire!)
My brothers did a great job being the Masters of Ceremonies:
The wedding party came in to wait for the bride:
Along with the mothers and Jared:
My heart reached out to Saren in the eye of the prep “storm,” knowing how it feels to let a son go, but also to welcome a new daughter. So many emotions, and I felt so happy I could sit on the grass in the shade with Dave and one of Charity’s babies and my two married couples and just be overcome with how this works, this business of letting children fly.
My Dad did a beautiful job officiating:
And it was also incredibly beautiful to hear those vows and feel the love between all these extended families joining together to adore and celebrate.
And then they were married!
Oldest and youngest grandkids celebrating:)
As much of our family as we could get:
Darling flower girls:
And prettiest light:
The wedding party went down to take pictures in that gorgeous light:
…While the rest of us ate:
And THEN the dance party began:
Oh there was some serious fun to be had on that dance floor I tell you!
Then those two were off.
And the sparkler party kept on going 🙂
Happy Wedding Lexy & Ashton!! Love you guys forever!