At the beginning of the year my cute niece Brimley tied the knot.

…with an equally cute boy named Scott.

And the whole family was pretty delighted about it.

It was my kids’ first cousin to get married.

It was the first of lots and LOTS of weddings to come.

Elle was the videographer for the event.

 I was waiting for her to finish to put up this post but man alive, it’s taking her forever 🙂

Even with two siblings missing, this is a crowd.

This is kind of a crowd too:
These two are such an impressive couple.  

They are going to go places I tell you!

These two have a whole slew of grandchildren’s weddings to look forward to.

The first one sure set a high standard.  It was so beautiful!

The dance party rocked.

 Can you see Claire in there above?  I’m pretty sure she likes this kind of stuff 🙂

Yep, I’m quite positive she’s in her element dancing:

Everyone was.  These two families know how to dance I tell you!

 The send-off:

 (Scott and Brimley)

After the send-off everyone just kept dancing.

…and dancing.

…and dancing.

Did I mention Dave’s family likes to dance?

I’m so happy I get to be behind the camera. 🙂
Love this family so much.
And I love that Brimley and Scott found each other.   


  1. Congrats to the newlywed couple.
    I have a question regarding the wedding process: is it always like that that the couple already leaves the festivities while the rest of the guests party?
    I don't know anything about American weddings and that seems a little strange. German newlyweds generally stay till the end 😉

  2. I can speak for American weddings and say that it depends on the couple getting married and what they want. Also there is usually an end time, for example most venues or staff for a wedding are open until 10 or 11 in the evening then the wedding is technically over. I would say it is not uncommon for many of the guests to find an alternate space to keep partying and the couple oftentimes leaves at the official end time, but it still varies a lot.

  3. Haha those pictures of Claire made me laugh…so cute! Weddings are the best, I love them. Can't wait to see Elle's video of it!

  4. With such a big family you're sure to be to many, many weddings! I have many cousins too, but some are not getting married, so party missed! 😉 I just wish my grandma could have seen more of her grankids' weddings, like mine one day.

  5. So fun to see! Looks as though Claire would have been happy to have done a few standing back flips if there was room! Whose home was this? Beautiful!

  6. hey shawni ( or whoever else wants to answer :)), I was wondering, out of curiosity, what would happen if somebody of the family falls in love with a non mormon? would you guys still be able to get married?
    thanks 🙂

  7. LDS can marry nonmormons. They can not get sealed in life. So many probably wouldn't. A marriage lasts for time. A sealing lasts for eternity. Now a woman already sealed to a husband who passed will either stay unmarried, cancel the sealing for the first husband and marry and be sealed to the second, or only marry for time to the second.

    A marriage can take place anywhere. A sealing only in the temple. Only members can go inside and participate in temple ordinances. That is why a person who is LDS can't be sealed to man who isn't LDS inside the temple.

    Since you said anybody..

  8. Hi Carlotta–B&R member of the LDS Church here, Kms did a great job as a nonmember explaining the basics, but I'd like to answer it as well. 🙂

    Yes! LDS members can certainly member nonmembers, and it happens! There is no edict or commandant saying we aren't allowed to marry nonmembers. However, nonmembers and members cannot be married (or sealed) in the temple, and they would be married in a wedding ceremony of their choosing (at a courthouse, by a an LDS Bishop (like a pastor or a priest of a geographical area), by a religious leader of another faith, if the spouse belongs to one, etc.)

    And sometimes, if people who are raised LDS, but aren't presently active or at a point where they feel comfortable going through the temple, they may choose to get married outside of the temple. I had a cousin who did that, and he and his wife had a lovely wedding officiated by an LDS Bishop. At a later point, if they decide they would like to be sealed in the temple, they can be.

    Kms mentioned about sealings for a second marriage for a woman, however, there are nuances involved, and it's not that cut and dried for every situation. Sealings are typically not cancelled if the woman had children with her first husband, but it can happen (although it is rare). And there have been situations where a woman has been sealed to more than one husband. I personally know of a few situations where that has happened, but again, fairly rare. The cancelling of sealings is quite the process, because for members of the LDS faith, a sealing is one of the most special and holy experiences they can have, and the individuals involved and church leaders make a determination of what is best!

    That was probably information overload…but great question! And thank you for asking! 🙂

    kms–Again, I'm always impressed by how much you know about the LDS faith for a nonmember!

  9. Thank you. An IL's relative is LDS and married to a nonmember. And I know of some other couples in interfaith marriage where each spouse stayed their religion, one spouse LDS. So I know it's possible. That is not how I knew all that. I looked it up a long time ago. I'm sure LDS know a fine amount about other denominations and other faiths. The LDS isn't the mystery it once was.

    A cancelation of sealing causes a problem for the husband who passed in heaven, and the children from that union. But if she doesn't get a cancellation of sealing and there are children from the time only marriage, what about the father of those children? And then there is the whole sealing for the dead if the LDS and nonmember spouse have no other spouses their children or further down the line could do a proxy baptism for the groom and a sealing for the couple once they passed. But no one knows if that works until after death. Meaning that the deceased person accepted the proxy. Of course the spouse could convert before death and then they wait for the temple recommend and then get sealed, then seal the children to them born before the covenant. Yes it's complicated. So is the catholic annulment process. 🙂 Life is complicated.

  10. Hey Whitney, Kms, thanks a lot for the answer!
    I'm Italian 🙂 and I'm catholic ( of course!).
    I think interfaith marriage it's a little more rare Over here in the Old Continent since we're basically all Catholics.
    Anyways one of my best friend, a woman that I admire much and seriously hope to become like her in so many ways past away in 2012 and she was a Mormon. That's why I'm so interested in your way of life.
    Anyways thanks again!!

  11. Brimley was one of my activity day girls when I was first married and had just had twins! I can't believe she's all grown up and married! Makes me feel a little old… at the ripe ole age of 32! 😉

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