John 15: 9-12 “As God has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
Yesterday I attended a beautiful wedding. My eldest niece, Lauren, and her fiance, Zach, celebrated their marriage with a lovely, simple ceremony, and a joyous reception. Friends and family traveled from many states to wish them well.
First off, I apologize for the lousy quality of the pictures. My subjects were stunning, and the lighting at the reception was perfect, but since I didn’t properly set everything on the camera all my pictures came out less than stellar. It probably also had something to do with the pain pills I was taking to ease the discomfort of the long car ride and the Merlot I was drinking.
This is Michael, John and me. Michael was giving someone directions when the picture was taken, John just wanted to take his jacket off, and I was wearing a frumpy pantsuit instead of the adorable dress I bought because it was FREEZING. We were all having a fabulous time, though.
Two more of my nieces, Ashley and Amanda, having fun with leftover bubble wands. Yes, ALL my nieces are stunningly beautiful, thanks for noticing.
Some Ballard girls dancing up a storm. That’s Ashley and Amanda’s mom, Kelley, in the brown dress, and that’s Lauren’s sister, Emily, in the blue bridesmaid’s dress. She was the perfect Maid of Honor – very calm. Emily’s always calm – she’s kind of the female version of Aaron.
Yes, I forced my eleven-year-old, John, to dance with me. He refused to stand closer than arm’s length, to move his feet, or to even pretend to enjoy it. Now notice my hair. Cute bun, right?
Lauren and her dad, Chris, dancing to “Unforgettable” for their Father-Daughter dance. That song gives me chills just hearing it on the car radio. These two SANG it to each other, and neither one shed a tear. They are obviously made of stronger stuff than I am. I boo-hoo’d throughout the wedding and through half the reception – it’s what I do.
John and Alex playing X-Box 360 in our room. Parents of girls pack shoes and clothes and make-up and hair accessories for an overnight trip. Parents of boys pack game systems. Alex doesn’t visit his Kentucky relatives often, but when he does he embraces the full spirit of the experience. The camo cap is John’s and the faux mullet is my bun from the night before. Yes, scroll back up and see. Yep, that’s my hair. I bought it, so it’s mine. Honestly, when you’re lying on a heating pad for a 4-hour car trip and check-in time at the hotel is 3pm for a 4pm wedding I think a big hunk of fake hair is a reasonable option. AND it obviously has entertainment value.