Wednesday, February 3, 2010

...and the celebration continued...(the conclusion of the surprise wedding!)

...we ate...(and, yes, this roll WAS sacrificed for the purpose of artistic representation ... I did it for you!) ...we rejoiced...




...people gave speeches, including my Dad ...
...who brought the whole house down when he said "I celebrated my 80th Birthday last night at a big shindig and now this surprise wedding! I may not make it to 81 if this continues!"

My sister and her ex-husband made a lovely speech...it's nice when people can come together in spite of their differences to share their love of one of their children......this totally adorable girl got up and made a teary speech about how she had been best friends with the bride since 7th grade and she always knew she would be a bridesmaid. And now there has been this surprise wedding and she didn't get to be a bridesmaid and then she wailed "and the dress I'm wearing doesn't even MATCH the wedding!" It was really cute. And made most of us tear up.
And then the Bride and Groom made their toasts and speeches...and they were lovely and emotional and sweet ...

...and they danced...



...and I even got to dance with the groom. It made me all teary cuz I just adore him...it's hard for me to believe he is no longer the little sunburned boy swimming in our backyard pool...
...love was everywhere in the air...

The bouquet was tossed.....the cake was cut......cupcakes were served......and sugar overload resulted...

..which is the way it's supposed to be at wedding...happy and silly and teary and sentimental...a few last photos...
...and we headed home in the star-filled night...quietly content...holding hands in the car with the radio playing softly.

Truly a night of romance. And truly a night to remember forever.

Congratulations Tom and Kris! Mignon McLaughlin wrote, "A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person". This is my wish for you both, for always.

Love,
Aunt Jenny

Did you miss part two of this love story? Just click here to read it!

And to paraphrase Mastercard...100 elegantly dressed guests, five people in the know, an amazing Bride and Groom. Pulling off a surprise wedding? PRICELESS!

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42 comments:

Nezzy said...

A perfectally planned wedding. It's so true that we do have to fall in love over and over again. I'm so glad ya'll had a wonderful time celebrating and loving this beautiful couple.

Have a fantastic day filled with many blessings!!!

Judy Harper said...

Beautiful pictures! Interesting captions and comments on the pictures as well!

Deb said...

Jenny...that was great..and worth the wait....I bet you were exhausted sunday night...

Julie Schuler said...

Those pictures are sooo beautiful. And I love to see little kids at a wedding. They are fun!

Theresa said...

I loved this story, Jenny and I didn't miss one minute of it:) I wish them nothing but happiness forever and ever. I think this is worthy of a visit to the Today Show! Have a blessed day and thanks for sharing this special weekend with us!

Viki said...

It looks like it was wonderful. Did they ever say why they planned a surprise wedding?

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I swear...you had the best weekend ever! This is such a love story, and so is the love you poured into your dad's party. Lucky you!

Sue

Wanda said...

Just beautiful, the day, the guests, and the bride and the groom...Your blog music too Jenny!

MrsJenB said...

*wipes tears from eyes*

Chatty Crone said...

I sent your blogsite to a fellow blogger Monica whose niece just got engaged. This story and idea was so wonderful! If I ever did it again (lol) - I'd do the same thing. Awesome the way you tell your story . . .

Justine said...

What a great ending to this special weekend! I cannot believe they kept this secret from so many people!

Your nephew really resembles you!

Justine :o )

Sage said...

How wonderful of you to tell us this love story/weekend. At his point I would be dragging ... But here you are wrting your blog!
Love it and your pictures; it must be a joke or a typo; you can't be 80?
Great post.
Rita

Aunt lodi said...

you said it all ........
PRICELESS.
Love your tunes.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

What a wonderful surprise. It looks like it was a lot of fun!

Amy said...

this is amazing.. Love her blue shoes.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is priceless!!! I hope they have a lifetime of love and joy.

I love sugar overload...and I love seeng all the smiling faces. Except for the best friend, she will never ever forgive for not being the bridesmaid. I feel for her...I feel revenge may come at the one year mark. I am just warning you.... :)

All My Yesterdays said...

Aww Jenny, what a sweet memorable weekend you had. The wedding was awesome... the people involved, the food, the look on your sisters face looking at her ex...
But the sweetest part for me was that you two drove home holding hands...

Brenda said...

Ahhh. Thanks for sharing.

mbkatc230 said...

Love this story Jenny. What a perfect evening. I love her friend's toast. And that last picture of the happy couple is wonderful, it really shows their personality. Yes, you do have to fall in love with the same person many times. DH & I just celebrated our 29th anniversary and we still hold hands too! Hugs, Kathy

Carol said...

What a beautiful story, to match the beautiful song playing along as I read it! For being a surprise wedding it was very elegant and everyone...especially the bride and groom....looked ever so happy!

Rural Revival said...

Well said Aunt Jenny : )

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Whoa! These were great! awesome to have a surprise wedding. and awesome to post pictures, feel like i was there.

Rita said...

Looks like you had a beautiful wedding. You are so right, you have to keep falling in love over and over again with the same guy, if life is to be a good one! Thanks for stopping by!

Terri and Bob said...

Jenny, if that isn't the best wedding story ever, then it hasn't happened yet!

I have to tell you how much I love your blog. I adore the typewriter. Did you do all this creative work yourself?

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

A fabulous end to a fabulous day (and weekend for you and your Dad Jenny!)

Congratulations and much happiness always Tom and Kris!

Annesphamily said...

Jenny this was beautiful. I love your quote too. I know not everyone has a successful marriage but I am glad to be someone with a great husband and many years of marriage on my resume. This story touched my heart in so many ways. What a blessing you have in this incredible family.

Jen said...

What a great conclusion to a great wedding. thanks so much for sharing this!

Jana said...

this was so much fun and I dont even know anybody! what a great time!

Anita said...

Thanks for sharing such a happy occasion in your own little bloggy wedding album!

Sweet Harper said...

Wowza! Definitely the way to do it! The pictures were great and your witty comments were fitting. Loved the brides shoes (mine were bright purple when I got married).

BTW, I have something sunny for you on my blog!

gayle said...

What beautiful pictures!! Everyone looks so happy!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a neat story, Jenny---with tons of great pictures. The bride and groom are both such good-looking young adults. I love the picture of you with the groom. You were quite emotional!!!! Love it!

That's what families and weddings are all about. You all celebrated in true fashion. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Hugs,
Betsy

Brenda said...

Oh, I feel all mushy. Gotta love a good wedding.
I wish them a lifetime of "Happily Ever After". =)
Thanks for sharing their Special day with us. I feel like I was "In" on t, LOL!

Linda said...

So wonderful! Lots of love, happiness and cake! What more can a wedding ask for. Really it just looks lovely!

Sares said...

Thank you for sharing the wedding with us! It looks like your family had a truly magical weekend! Love the new look too Jenny!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Look at that curly red hair on that little girl!!!

5 people in the know. Let's see, 1 and 2 are the Bride and Groom. 3 would be the Clergyman. 4 and 5 would be her Mom and his Mom, maybe? Or her Mom and Dad.
:-)

laterg8r said...

so fantastic :D

My name is PJ. said...

This is such a lovely tale, from beginning to end and the attendees all so darn cute to look at!

I love that your dad gets to hold his great-granddaughters! That blows me away! I never even knew my grandfathers!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Okay, I'm in tears and have a hair appointment in a few minutes! LOL! What will my stylist think???

XO,

Sheila :-)

Flat Creek Farm said...

Awwww, loved it!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful wedding, and couple. They are just adorable :) -Tammy

Jacque said...

"there's nothing I can say that hasn't been said....all you need is Love, love...Love is all you need"...John Lennon

Thanks for sharing!

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