Sunday, May 15, 2016

Then We Partied - Wedding Reception

What can be said about wedding receptions? This one was great fun. We celebrated JaRissa, we connected with old friends, we had a lovely buffet dinner....and we just enjoyed the event tremendously.

When we arrived, Deja grabbed a photo of us.....minus Josiah and Jared
Jamin, Krista, Michael, Alex, Arielle, Stacia, Me and Nolan in the back
It didn't take long until people discovered the selfie-sticks on the tables. What a FANTASTIC idea. Larissa asked all to take photos and upload them to facebook.  The selfie-sticks were then gifts to those in the wedding party.  This means we have a lot of random photos. I will not post each one here - but I will post quite a few. LOL

Earl and Mary - Jared's Uncle and Aunt from CO

Stacia and Krista

Josiah got a kick out of Michael's interest in the selfie thing....

Yes, he went right up to the front table and took a photo. 
 One of the great things about this weekend were the FRIENDS. Stephen and Michel came down to groomsmen, Alex came from CO to attend, Larissa's Jr High Friends were in the wedding, Jerome (family) was in town and in the wedding....Team A were everywhere and so helpful, seeing Team Z is always fun to see. We didn't get to go see many, many people, but we are blessed by those we did get to see at the wedding.  It was also fun to make friends of Larissa's family. 
Nolan, Michael, Jamin, Alex

Alex was in the youth group with Jared, Arielle and Nolan  in Misawa, Japan 

First Dance

True confessions - I attended a Baptist missionary boarding school and somehow came away with the idea that dancing would send me straight to hell.  I don't know that we were TOLD that. I didn't think it would have the same results for anyone else...but it certainly would for ME.  This became a liability in the Air Force, but I avoided as many dances as possible and simply didn't dance - didn't know how and I was intimidated.  However, I was going to have to have a dance with Jared - with everyone watching. What a way to break the cycle. ::snort:: I had been telling Jared he'd need to teach me to dance, but he wasn't taking me seriously. Finally, after all the grooms picture were done this afternoon, I told him he needed to teach me how to dance before the reception. He and the groomsmen offered helpful tips and the basics of the two step....and here we are..... You need to know we have two bonafide extroverted children - Jared and Stacia. Jared and I have great fun (we've also had great clashes over the years - and I KNOW him well because he's much like me)....we should have probably been sweet and serious....but we had fun with our dance....laughing and talking and sharing a moment in the midst of the busy day.....I enjoyed it - and I didn't go to you know where....and so I kept dancing.  Had my first dance with Michael too - no we DIDN'T dance at our wedding - our church doesn't allow dancing and we used the church for the wedding.

Larissa and Warren's dance was sweet

Next up were toasts from Best Men and Maids of Honor

There was just a wee bit of delay caused by a stubborn cork
Jody and Michel led JaRissa in a shoe game....

 They each had one of their shoes and one of their spouses...questions were asked and they held up the shoe which illustrated who did what etc.....funniest was when they answered opposite (as they did here) - but they were surprisingly in agreement on most of them!

And then there was dancing.....
Elisha and Emma
These girls loved dancing with Jared
 Out in the parking lot others created their own brand of fun.... 

Roy suggested we put a couple of kids in the back and tell them to be really quiet - I wish we had. 

Blowing these up without helium or an air compressor was a challenge....

I loved this matt of the State of TX, their wedding date and then lots of space for all to sign. 

Ah - they were dancing the whole time - nothing going on in the parking lot
Phen, Jamin, Jared....

We didn't know them all - but we had fun! 

Deja and me - She and Michel tried to teach something about cotton and Joe

Krista and Michael 
Mary and Jerome
 The garter was attached to a football - great idea 

Larissa threw her bouquet

More dancing

Jared and Alex
Eric and Nolan 
 Be still my heart - so many memories of Josiah dancing a colicky Stacia around our living room 10 years ago. She was in heaven when he asked her to dance during the last dance.  

G's taking over the floor 
 One of my best memories of the night is when Tiffany and Warren (Larissa's Dad and Step Mom) came over to thank us for representing the older crowd on the dance floor. The CHICKEN DANCE started and we talked them into doing it with much fun....bonding with Larissa's family.  I think we're Parent in laws now.

Those big letters were worth the dizziness of blowing them up

They even stayed on as they drove off
We came back inside to clean up and I wasn't overly surprised to see this - it was late and it had been a long day. This was one of the funnest wedding receptions I've attended. From start to finish it was a fantastic day.

Jared and Larissa's Wedding

Thanks, Deja, for taking these photos for us during the ceremony! 

I cannot wait to see the professional photos taken during the wedding and reception - they are going to be stunning.  I know, however, family and friends are waiting to see some glimpses of the lovely event, so I'll share the snaps Deja and we took. 

The signal came that the wedding party was in place down in the grove of palm trees. From the OTHER side of the waterlily display, the grandparents entered, then myself and Tiffany (Larissa's step-mom). 

Game time - Jared and Michael walk down the ramp and to the front of the pavilion. 

Some shots of the wedding party - Stacia was a Junior Bridesmaid
Alex (Zander) and Stacia (and the secret service guy)

Nolan and Arielle

Stephen (A.K.A. "Phen") and Krista 

Michel and Logan 

Jamin and Brittany 

Josiah and Johnna
 Taylor (Larissa's youngest sister) and Campbell 

Lucas stole the show - but wanted Mom to walk with him

Warren and Veronica usher Larissa into the Pavilion 

Jared's first glimpse of his bride 

The ceremony was beautiful - combining traditional with unique. They chose to recite Ruth's words to Naomi to each other - especially poignant as they are about to leave for Alaska, and we certainly have tribes of people for both of them to join. LOL  They chose to have a unity cross instead of a candle or sand or such....I'd never seen that before and really loved it. 

There's a new Mrs. G in the land.....

Michael made the announcement for family and wedding party to stay and all others to begin heading to the reception.  We took photos and then all rejoined at the Le Grand ASU Alumni center for the reception.

Here are a a couple of photos I snapped with my phone while Penny and Kelly took what promises to be some gorgeous wedding photos.

Wedding Party - minus 2 flower girls and ring bearer
F -Kirsten, Jerome, Grayson, Kassidy, Steven, Krista, Johnna, Michel, Logan, Stacia
R - Jodi, Sean, Arielle,Nolan, Brittany, Jamin, Josiah, Chris, Cassidy, Alex