|Chatting things over with Bridesmaid Amanda|
|This would be the scenery behind us as we got married.
I paid attention at rehearsal because I knew I wouldn’t be able to on the real day!
|Sassy Pants Willow|
|Flower girls getting ready for practice!|
|My best friend. My girl. My MOH….Meg|
|Love this boy and all his antics. One of our handsome ring bearers…|
|Bridesmaids Jeffer and Krista Lee|
|Another cutey ring bearer…Brody Law|
|Practicing the giving away part. I got a little emotional here.|
|Who knows what was being said at this point!|
|I know it’s hard not to criticize ourselves in photos….but MAN that butt is big.|
|Loving Brody’s look here. A few of our groomsmen, Cody and Joel and ring bearers Brody and Colton|
|A good looking group of men!|
|Chunky boy Walker|
|This was incredibly uncomfortable!|
|Decorating crew +1!|
|He just loves having his picture taken!|
|The holding cell.|
|One more round of practice!|
|If only they would have done this on the real day.
Cutest thing ever!
|I really don’t know what Willow is doing.
Probably the queen wave we’ve always taught her.
|Signing my life away…
Or the marriage certificate.
|Shai and Walker!|
What a great evening. I’m so glad we have the pictures to remember all these special moments.
Four beautiful ladies will be greeting everyone as they come to our wedding and we are so grateful for all of them.
To my two beautiful cousins who are like little sisters, Cheyanne and Codi – I love you both dearly and can’t imagine my life without you. From our days of the Barbie workout video to holding my hair back at a New Year’s Eve celebration and concerts. Time has flown by and I’ve watched you both grow from the cutest little chunky babes to incredibly beautiful grown women. I can’t wait to see all that life brings you and certainly can’t imagine my special day without you both in it.
To the master of cakes and love of my brother – Thank you for being a part of our family and making him smile. You have done so much for our boys and we love having you around. You are special to us and I’m glad you will be a part of our special day!
Meet the Flower Girls!
We have a lot of precious littles in our life. It was really tough to pick out just one little boy and one little girl to represent all of our happiness. We just plain couldn’t.
So, we had to pick 3 precious angel boys and 3 angel girls. They aren’t always angels, but they sure are adorable!
First up is the little ladies….
As she will tell you, we are one in the same. And, we really truthfully are. I don’t know how my sister was blessed with me for 18 years and then me again for another 18. She is so lucky! (sarcasm. major sarcasm.)
She would also tell you that she is HEAD Flower Girl.
From the minute Shai was born I know we would be buddies. We are birthday buddies and lifelong buddies. She even has/had a shirt to prove it!
I love everything about this girl, even though we clash at times. Sometimes people who are eerily alike do that! She is smart. She is sassy. She is powerful and charming. I am proud of all the things she’s accomplished in her 8 little years and my pride grows daily when I think of the steps she has taken out of her comfort zone. She’s going to be one of those fierce women in about 10 years that you most certainly don’t want to mess with.
I’m so glad she will lead me down the aisle with flower petals. I wouldn’t have our special day any other way!
My dear sweet Kynsey Lee. The day you were born there was an instant buddy for Shailynn and another little pretend niece for me! I may not technically be your aunt but I certainly treat you like you are just one of our own. I enjoy our special time together. You’re a wonderful helper and an excellent baker. We can giggle to just about anything and I hope I haven’t taught you too many naughty things. Remember, “Don’t do as a I say or do. In fact….don’t pay attention to me at all!”
I can’t wait to see you, Shai, and Willow walk down the aisle looking so beautiful in your dresses. You’ll probably be stealing from the candy buffet and breaking moves on the dance floor all night long. I can’t wait! I feel so special that when someone asked you what your summer plans were, you responded with….”We have a wedding.” That’s right girlfriend…WE HAVE A WEDDING! Wahoo!
Oh little Willow. You have a light and life inside you the size of Texas. I knew my best friend would be blessed with a bountiful little bundle of joy as amazing as you! Some how I feel like your behaviors are a bit more like me and not as soft and precious as your momma. You make us all smile and we love your sweet little attitude. You have a great personality and loads of character. I have loved watching you grow up!
I can’t wait to see you walk down the aisle with the big girls in your pretty dress. The day will be so fun because you are a part of it!
|And look…..one flower girl feeding another!|
Can’t wait to see these precious girls lead the way as I take my steps down the aisle!
Next up is my sweet little men….
Time to meet the groomsmen! I’m so fortunate to be marrying my best friend. Along with marrying my best friend I have gained more friendships with his best buds…and I have to admit…he has pretty great taste in friends.
Best Man – Dave
Best Man are perfect words to describe this guy for my guy. He is always there for him and even there past the time I’d like for Mike to be out. But, you’ll have that. Those two typically know how to get in trouble and from what I’ve heard….it’s been a long life of getting in trouble together.
Dave always makes me laugh and I love watching him grow and lead Michael in the right direction of a wonderful family man. 🙂 Hopefully he doesn’t lead him astray too often. I’ll try and forgive you for the night on the patio in Florida and the late night at the tavern. I’ll also try and forgive you for the many nights you and Michael conveniently don’t answer your phone and I’ll try and forgive you ahead of time for the bachelor party weekend you’re about to adventure on. Remember….he’s about to be my husband so soon you’ll have to answer me!
First, Joel was my cousin. Then, he became my boyfriends good friend. Now, he’s more like my fiances girlfriend because I swear those two talk and text more on the phone than any of my friends and I.
Sometimes I tease Michael that the only reason he is marrying me is so he can be related to Joel. So he can be closer to Joel. Hopefully, it’s not true!
Joel is a great friend to Mike and a wonderful part of our family. We’re lucky to have Joel and Kelli in our lives. We are SO lucky that Kelli decided to introduce Mike and I back in August 2010 at the tractor pull. She was right on when she said she had found the phone for me! Thank you Kelli!
Our old neighbor and dear friend, Cody. We spent many nights on your porch or ours. We spent many nights at the shop hanging out. We’ve even driven on a snowmobile in a blizzard to see you! I love your little family, and especially your wife. You two put smiles on everyone’s face and we were so blessed to be there for your special day. I’m glad you can stand next to Mike for our special day. Thank you for being a wonderful friend to him!
My soon to be brother. Although we only get to see you once or twice a year, I always look forward to our time together. Or, hearing updates from Mikey after you two get off of one of your super long phone calls on a Sunday afternoon. You are excellent in the kitchen and some day I will visit the kitchen you master in Idaho! Thank you for being a part of our special day. We wouldn’t have it any other way!
Joshy my brother
From purchasing my first ever stuffed animal at the hospital, to helping me on the bus for my first day of school, a few parties together in college, a short stint of living together when I needed you the most, and today being a wonderful big brother and still tormenting me with your amazing abilities.
I love you dearly Joshua. I still have the letter you wrote me when I went to college. I’ve read it often. You were so honest and I was so clueless. I wish I had listened to you a little bit more. We’ve been through hell and back as a family. I admire you for being an amazing dad the minute you had to be. You’re caring and hardworking and despite the fact you drive me nuts sometimes (because that’s what brothers do) I wouldn’t trade you for the world. I know I can come to you for anything and not too many sisters can say that. Thank you for being a part of our day. I can’t imagine taking the next step in life without you by our side.
I’m also fortunate that my best friend is allowing my other best friend to stand up with him. I’ve been through a lot with this guy….birthday parties, graduation parties, dates with friends, secret parties from our parents, college nights, etc. I can’t imagine my childhood and teenage years without Ted. Although time and growing up have certainly spread us apart a little bit, I can pick right back up with him where we left off. I adore his girlfriend. I’m proud of his work ethic and time dedicated to his family. He’s a true friend, one that would and will always be a part of our lives as we grow old.
I hope someday our babies can have parties together and sneak off and make crazy mistakes just like we did. We had a lot of fun growing up and I’m sure they will too! Thank you for being a part of our special day Ted. I always said I’d ask you be on my side and wear a dress, but I’m really glad Mike said it was a better idea for you to stand up with him. I’m also glad that the pact we made about getting married at 30 changed to 40. My forever asked me a week later and I’m pretty sure you’ve found the one too. As long as she can put up with you! Thank you for being a part of our day. Can’t wait until July 19th to celebrate!