Finally - wedding day! It was a gorgeous wedding. Elegant.
There isn't a lot of time to corral thoughts....we are thrilled to have a new Gherkin! The wedding was beautiful. We are excited they are beginning their marriage with an Alaskan cruise.
Several are sharing photos....here are some of the ones I have as of this point in time. The photographer said she'll be sending a disc and so I'm sure there will be much better photos to share....but I know many of you are looking forward to seeing some photos. Since these came from a variety of cameras, they won't be in order. I don't have that much time.
The day in a nutshell. We primped and preened. The boys needed to be at a park for a photo shoot. We had lunch with Beth and Julie. We went back to the hotel to primp and preen for real. We went to a wedding. The gals, my Mom, Debbie and I went shopping for Stacia's birthday. Michael and Steve ran around town trying to locate a copy machine. They needed to leave a copy of the marriage license in Josiah's car. They are traveling through another country and all Shelby's travel documents say her last name...anyway the travel agent wanted to be sure they had it.....the older groomsmen went to decorate Josiah's car. The younger groomsmen and flower girl watched a movie with gramps.
Michael and I talked until after 1:00 a.m. Bre and I talked until 3:00 a.m. I slept until 7:30 and am up. LOL
Groomsmen @ the park ~ Pre-wedding Primping
The lady at the breakfast bar here in the hotel helped us figure out how to do Stacia's hair without a bumpkin This is not a good photo of Krista but it was she and Arielle who did wonders with every one's hair and I wanted her in a photo.
This was the sobering moment for this mama. She looked so GROWN UP and I realized she'll be 18 in 10 short years. It's a new season we've entered....some call it an "empty nest"....I'm sure it is....but it feels like losing AND gaining. There will be new Gherkins....some of the Gherkins will take new names....a new generation to invest in and love on.....this photo brought home to me how quick that time will come.
We're often not sure what is lighting his imagination - but we're happy to give him space...he is doing so well with the "crowded family" God put him into. LOL
Various shots in no order, from three cameras, taken once we arrived at The Cactus. Before someone notes - there are no photos of Michael and I coming down the stairs as all the ones we have are blurry. LOL
|My parents and the boys|
|My parents and the girls|
|My parents and the groom|
My sister friends from college. I am totally thrilled, humbled and excited that they traveled all the way to TX to share this day with us.
|Groomsmen, flower girls and Michael & I waited above|
|Shocked @ the difference a touch of makeup made for Arielle|
The stairs all came down - and no one tripped!
I don't have a picture of G'ma Brown...but loved talking with her husband, Bob. We discovered mutual friends.
Ah genetics, take my photo, but expect a bit of hamming now and again!
This moment made me choke up and sent me scurrying for a camera. Jamin asked the groomsmen to circle up and they talked and all prayed for Josiah and Shelby and their marriage. Mama's heart is at peace.
|Loved the moose on the groom's cake|
|Candy bar was a hit - as was the coke toast|
|Practicing the stairs|
We wait above and spot old friends....such fun.
|My favorite Mr. Goecker|
|Grandparents and girls|
|Josiah sees Shelby|
|Josiah and sisters|
|Greeting friends from above|
|Our oldest and youngest - beautiful|
|Fun to see Raths|
|Dear friends from Goodfellow AFB|
|Only photo I got of Zeschs....waiting for departure|
Heading out - stopping for hugs - Shelby and her mother
|Michael and couple - note me with camera on the other side. LOL|
|LOVE that Michael got in their face and got this photo|
If there were "just a blog" I would not share this many photos. As it's a family journal - and a written for our family history and our family like friends - I will leave all these photos....and I'll shamelessly add more as I receive them. LOL
I'm sure Michael will write a more eloquent post....my job is photos. ::snort::
I can't say it real pretty - but I'm thrilled to wake up this a.m. and know Mr. & Mrs. Josiah and Shelby Goecker are winging their way to Candada and Alaska.
Living all of life before the face of God...