Sunday, May 23, 2010

Wedding Day

The Beautiful Bride

I can't believe it! 23 years ago today I gave birth to my baby girl and today she is off on her honeymoon. Time really does fly and I was determined to enjoy every bit of this wedding stuff - from the engagement to the planning to the shopping to the anticipating to the decorating to the ceremony to the reception to the opening of the gifts and finally to the honeymoon departure. It has all been a fantastic time with my daughter! But now, Kate's wedding has come and gone. I don't want to ever forget this weekend!

WEDNESDAY, May 19, 2010
Kate and I began the day with tanning and that was followed with pedicures. It felt so good to sit and enjoy someone pampering us. Our toes looked so good and our legs and feet felt so good! Next we went looking for an umbrella since the weather forcast was NOT good - calling for rain on Thursday and Friday! We did not have any luck finding an umbrella and she decided if it rained we would just get one from 'good ole' Wally World.
Next we went on an interesting adventure to Proffer Produce to pick up the fruit we had ordered for the reception. Once we found the location we had to find the office. After driving around several buildings and walking around we finally located the office. Then we were questioned about our qualifications to be purchasing from their wholesale warehouse. I believe the little man felt sorry for us and was infatuated with my daughter so he gave us our fruit. We were then on our merry little way to Lana's house to drop off the forbidden fruit! Finally, we headed home to wait for Tina to arrive. Wednesday evening we did some last minute gathering up of wedding stuff. We ended up at Wal-Mart at 11 p.m. purchasing some last minute wedding stuff. The entire day was full of prayers for no rain! It seemed like every 2 hours one of us was checking the weather forecast!

THURSDAY, May 20, 2010
Tina took me out for a birthday breakfast at Huddle House! She is such a blessing to me - thank you friend!! We had a lot of rain during the night and it was raining lightly as we went to breakfast. BUT after breakfast it was NOT raining!! Thank You God!!! Tina, Kate and I headed out a little later on a mission to locate some tulle for ceremony decorating. We ended up going to Hobby Lobby to get the ribbon and some more last minute wedding stuff. I remember Lana telling me "You will be making several trips to the city the week of the wedding". I thought she was crazy - there was no way I was going to be doing that. Well . . . she was right! And when we got back to Farmington we had to make a stop at . . . you guessed it . . . Wal-Mart! My third trip in 24 hours. I was a little concerned they might put a blue vest on me!! Dad was at the house when we got home! It was great to see him. He came from Fort Worth, Texas to be part of his granddaughter's big day. Next, it was time to head down to the vineyard to hang lights and get ready for rehearsal. We did encounter some stressful moments during this part of the weekend, but I don't want to dwell on the lack of communication between the event planner and the staff (nough said). We had some sprinkles as we were hanging lights - but NO rain for rehearsal. Thank You God!!! After rehearsal we all went to Pasta House for the rehearsal dinner. While we were there Seth, Jessica, Colby and Carson arrived. Colby came in carrying a BIG bouquet of flowers for my birthday!!! What a sweet surprise!!! After dinner we headed home and Tina and I prepared breakfast for the Bridesmaids Brunch the next morning.

FRIDAY, May 21, 2010
The big day arrived! We had a BIG storm during the night - But NO rain in the morning! I knew God was going to bless this day with NO rain!! At 10 a.m. we had brunch of Egg Souffle, Breakfast Pizza, Cinnamon Cream Cheese Bars, and Mimosas! It was yummy and was a good start to the day! The cars were loaded, our tummies were full, and we were eager to head to the Vineyard for decorating! We arrived and more stress began! But. . . I don't want to go there - so, moving on to the good stuff! We were hustling around FAST and trying to get everything done so Tina and I could get home by 2:30 to get ready. We did not have to fight rain, but we did have to fight the wind. Finally at about 2:30 Tina, Jessica and I headed home to get ready. Actually, Jessica and Tina went to . . . Wal-Mart to get different vases because the wind kept blowing over the vases we had. Kate and the bridesmaids were up in the guest room of the Restaurant getting their hair and makeup done. At 4:00 we were headed back down for the pre-wedding pictures!

How many people does it take to zip a wedding dress?

Isn't she beautiful! She was so excited to marry Jake! She was waiting for the horse drawn carriage that was going to take her down to the ceremony sight in the vineyard. Unfortunately, he had vehicle problems and we found out 10 minutes before the ceremony that he was not going to make it. I hated to tell Kate that! But she took it so well! She just said, "Oh, that's okay. I'll just walk down. It will just give us more money for the honeymoon."

After walking down the loooooong driveway with her dad and friend, Bekka carrying her train, she walked down the aisle to her waiting groom.

Ben did a marvelous job with the ceremony! They took communion. The funny thing was they were suppose to actually drink the wine from the glass but there was a fly in it so they just dipped the bread instead. Kate wanted to do a sand ceremony so she bought pink sand for her and green sand for Jake and then she wanted to incorporate white sand to represent Christ. They were learning about the marriage covenant and wanted that incorporated into the sand ceremony. It was a beautiful part of the ceremony.

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Musgrove

The reception was a blast!! The food was delicious! We had appetizers of Crab Rangoon, Chicken Pot Stickers, Jalapeno Poppers, Shrimp Cocktail, and a beautiful Fruit Bar put together by my awesome sister chicks - Lana, Gay Ann, Tracy, and Ann. Dinner was salad, bread, meatballs, spaghetti, fettuccini, grilled chicken breasts, mushrooms, and seasonal veggies! Yum Yum!!

Haley had a sweet toast and Anthony gave Jake some great advice!

The DJ was fantastic!!! He had some fun activities for the crowd! Ric won the dance contest with his Michael Jackson impersonation. He beat out Tina's River Dance impersonation, Haley's John Travolta impersonation, and Jordan's air guitar performance. Jake and his groomsmen did a paper bag dance contest that was hillarious!!! Anthony has some great dance moves and a great sense of humor!

Kate did an awesome job of planning her wedding! But . . . all the glory goes to God! Glory to God, Glory to God, Glory to God forever!!

Lord, Thank you for the wonderful relationship I have with Kate. Thank you for the wonderful and beautiful young lady she has grown into! Thank You for blessing us with the perfect weather for both days!

Now I want to ask you to bless their marriage together! May they always keep you at the center of their lives! May they be obedient to you and serve you. I pray they remember their vows and the covenant they have with you, Lord. Most of all, may You be glorified through their lives always!