Note: As with the previous wedding posts, almost every picture below came out of Shawni’s fabulous camera and was taken with her expert eye. I was just too busy to stop and take a picture plus, the Iphone 4S just wouldn’t do this event justice. Thanks Shawni!
After months of preparations engineered by Charity, those hours of thought, arrangements and dedication to having the Wedding Reception of her dreams paid off! The list of assignments for parents, siblings and friends (who were happy to help) looked like plans for a Presidential Inauguration. The bottled flowers and bistro lights hanging from the rafters, giant baby’s breath balls and gorgeous flowers sprinkled on the tables, delicious food and six flavors of French macorons were Charity’s ideas (with a little help from Pintrest), but it was the army of helpers who brought it to pass! It was a dream-come-true!
My sister’s daughter Lindsay Spencer, who is a born designer, arranged flowers to die for, all over our house and in the side-yard tent. Here is a glimpse of her creations in our large Balinese wooden boat:
Don’t you think this is “dripping with passion”?
The bridesmaids, darling cousin Jessica (also Lenna’s daughter) and sisters and sisters-in-law all dove in to help pull everything together and to create these beautiful wreaths for the adorable flower girls:
All the furniture in the Great Room was cleared out for the dancing. The bottles and bistro lights were hung with care and cute little Poem is there enjoying the fun pictures of Charity and Ian on the canoe/coffee table.
The weather was exactly what we had prayed for and we were SO grateful!
Let’s take closer look at those boys out on the waterfall! This was better than most “little groomsmen” have it at a wedding reception. They had a ball!
The perfect cake, made by Charity’s grand friend Dani was ready to be admired and devoured:
Individual family groups took the opportunity wihen they saw Shawni with camera in hand to get some group shots before the festivities began:
Here are Jonah and Aja and their darling family. Sorry Jonah…that beard must have weighed your eyes down!
Adorable Julie, Eli and Zara:
Spunky Saydi, Jeff and kiddos:
Splendid Saren, Jared and their crew:
We’re missing a few kids and grandkids in the photos for various reasons but what a JOY it was to have all these good people together!
The gorgeous and delicious buffet was set up on our big square table and the delectable six flavors of macarons were prepared from scratch by one of Charity’s gifted friends were ready to be enjoyed!
Here’s an outtake for a little comic relief before the formal picture-taking began. I look a bit worried, Jonah looks a bit jolly and Chris (Lenna’s oldest son) looks a lot like a bodyguard! Noah is directing Lyla on the left and I have no idea who that photo bomber is in the background!
Amidst the chaos of assembling for the photographer’s pictures at the front entry, Noah and Kristi’s Sprinter, driven by a friend, pulled through the middle of the crowd on it’s way to the first guest pick-up at a nearby parking lot. It’s a 12 seater and two other large vans transported about 325 people that night from place to place:
And here we are…the whole of Eyrealm who were able to make it.We’re only missing eight of 45!
One of the funniest events of the night were the parents who were trying to get their kids to smile and behave for the pictures. This was the scene from across the driveway where the kids were posing:
Here is what they were looking at. Even though it was pretty much mayhem with all those grandchildren on both sides of the family, Charity and Ian didn’t seem to notice (note Zara on the far left and the baby Ian is holding). Hilarious!
Quite a lot of fun ensued with the fabulous flower girls:
And the adoring sisters:
By now, everyone was getting a little punchy. I promise there was absolutely NO drinking of strong drink at this party! LOL!
SO LET THE PARTY BEGIN!
The food by our caterer Cossette Carlson was fabulous. She even invited us to her home for a “Tasting Party” so we could be sure of what we were getting. She was extraordinary! Here are a few of our favorite people enjoying the food on the deck, on the pavers and in the tent next door (thanks for these photos Saren).
One more shot from Shawni of that tent with the creative baby’s breath balls and hanging bottles filled with flowers:
The boys were very careful about their messages in the Sign-In book where every guest or group was memorialized with a polaroid picture and a short message:
Although I wish we had a picture of all those dear friends and relatives who came, here are a few that Shawni caught:
My one and only sister and best girlfriend Lenna Carver with some of her kids who are always there to help at every Eyre event. Lindsay, the flower designer is 3rd from the left. As per usual, Nickie offered to hold someone’s baby and the parents didn’t come back…for a long time!
Cute Cousins….Aubrey and Serenity who manned (womaned?) the Guest Book, along with Serenity’s husband Scott.
And three of our finest missionaries from the ELSM 1976-79, with their wives!
And our darling semi-adopted daughter and Shawni’s lifelong friend…Mo Mo:
The dance was truly spectacular! Eli organized the playlist and after the fairly serious first dances, the dance floor went wild! So much fun!
The kids had a grand time! Eli got them rockin’!
These people are all serious about catching the bouquet:
There she is, ready to throw it from the balcony at the top. The person who got it….deserved it!
The sendoff sparkled….literally! Ian and Charity floated down our gravel road through a tunnel of well-wishers brandishing sparklers, signs of love and congratulations (prepared by Dani) and into their little red get-away car.
AND SUDDENLY IT WAS OVER! LOVE, JOY AND WHEW!!! An evening none of us will ever forget, partly because everyone helped so much to make it happen! A dream few days for our cherished youngest daughter which she says exceeded her expectations by 100%!
This picture of the Father of the Bride speaks for all of us after the glow dissipated:
Let’s take a closer look!
It will be sweet dreams for all of us!
Even though this was posted for the sake of family history, thanks to those of you who made it to the end! Photos from the official photographer coming soon on Charity’s blog at drippingwithpassion.blogspot.com.
The 3 1/2 minute video of all these events so far was done by a remarkable videographer and can be found here. It makes me cry every time but you don’t have to .
We are just so happy for our baby girl!
The Texas and Palo Alto receptions coming next!