Thursday, August 08, 2013


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 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
 Love this groomsmen is missing....but these guys and Stacia make a priceless photo to me. Stacia was born shortly after we arrived at Goodfellow 8 years ago. We became fast friends with Steve, Debbie and their boys and have photos of these boys together from when they were very young and Stacia was a to see the friendships in tact as they enter new seasons of, dating, weddings....and I was THRILLED for the "glitch" which allowed Steve and Debbie to share the day with us.


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
 Note my dress - I don't think I looked like I was in mourning. I worried about this as I know the tradition and so I took the precaution of having my dress Shelby approved.

We wait above and spot old friends....such fun. 

My favorite Mr. Goecker

Grandparents and girls

Josiah sees Shelby

Should I? 

Josiah and sisters

Greeting friends from above

Our oldest and youngest - beautiful 

First dance

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
The groomsmen were asked not to decorate the getaway car - it was Shelby's moms or parents. They love Josiah and Shelby and are pretty well-mannered young men - so they didn't. But while Michael and Steven ran around town looking for copy machines - they decorated Cy's car. Evidently they don't teach spelling at ASU. ::snort:: ::gasp:: 

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 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.

Choosing Joy!
©2013 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...


Unknown said...

What an amazing photo collection of an amazingly beautiful occasion! You are truly blessed beyond measure! Thank you for sharing with all of us!

Linda said...
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Debbie said...

Wonderful! Loved all the photos. I can not believe how grown up Arielle looked in these photos. Oh, my, such a beautiful young lady. Your dress looked very elegant and lovely. Going to say it again...all wonderful. :-)

Cynthia said...

NICE! So good to see the photos so quickly :). I sent you a text, but I'm sure you're busy! Thinking of you all...

Wild Homeschool Family said...

Loved seeing photos. Looks like a wonderful day.

Anonymous said...

What a tremendous and fun wedding this was. Loved every minute of it. Beauty was very much apparently everywhere I looked. AND the same can be said for handsome. Everyone of all visitors were so elegant. loved it all. Dad/Mom t.