Wedding Week is Done

My sister is married. Wow! She’s on a honeymoon someplace warm (I hope) and mysterious (Mason planned it and didn’t tell Laura where they were headed until they were on the plane). I went easy on the photography this week as I didn’t want to annoy the crud out of people, plus I was way too busy tending to my lovely sister to worry about getting my camera out. In 4 days time I only snapped about 140 shots – normally I can do that in a day, easily!

Early Sunday morning Mom and I headed to a salon to get our hair done. This is what the back of mine looked like (62 pins and so much hairspray my nose hairs were stiff holding it together)!

After the bridesmaids were all done with our hair, we met Laura at a friend’s house where the hair and make-up artist was meeting her. Not that Laura needed it, but her face was airbrushed! I’d never witnessed something like that. While she was being made up, I just had to take this picture of her hands. On her finger is her “something old” – a ring from our late grandmother that I had in my jewelry box.

Isn’t she lovely?!

Laura’s gift to the boys – sweet shades!

We sneaked all the kiddos outside to take a picture of them for my parents. Last time a picture of their grandkids was taken there were 6 children, now there are 7 and number 8 will be born this fall!

L-R: Chase, Breckenridge, Tyler, Jackson, Abby, Lily and Jessica

The ceremony was beautiful. Cold, but beautiful! It was cloudy, breezy and only about 50 degrees outside. Brrrr! Mason was so taken by Laura’s beauty that he had to look down at his feet for a moment while she was walking down the aisle. Awww! Then, during the vows Laura broke down and I heard her tell Mason not to cry too. Seriously the sweetest moments.

Jackson refused to walk down the aisle. I’m not entirely sure what happened because moments before I walked down he told me he wanted to do it, but then he never appeared with his brothers or cousin. Then he was upset that he didn’t do it. Of course!

After a very chilly ceremony we all drove across town for the rocking reception. Jackson, again, refused to enter with his cousins and instead entered with the Best Man and me. Meltdowns were coming at a rapid rate (from all 3) until dinner was finally served and then the boys were having a ball! There was a photo booth there that the boys and I went in to; I’ll have to scan the print off because it’s pretty funny.

Laura and Mason had prepared a surprise dance for their first dance, but that really didn’t surprise many of us considering Laura’s career is in dance. Mason looked petrified when the DJ said it was time for the first dance, but he did awesome! It was a fabulous way to get the party started.

The boys had so much fun dancing that we had to pretty much drag them out of there at 9:30. They keep asking if they can go back to Laura’s wedding and they’re bummed they won’t get to wear their suits again!

The last of the visiting family flies back East this morning and early this afternoon and I have declared today to be a lazy day (even though I went to boot camp at 5 this morning). There will be more pictures from wedding week posted as the week goes on, and once Laura receives her CD of the the pro images I’ll post some of those. I had them take a family picture of us all dressed up and I can’t wait to see it!

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  • Aunt Sue

    oh yay! glad to see some pics and hear some of the details. Everyone looked fantastic – so glad Laura and Mason are happy. Sounds like a wonderful day. Love the picture of all the grandkids – I hear Grandma and Grandpa W. had a blast at the park with all their great-grands. Enjoy your lazy day! PS – your hair was beautiful – must’ve been quite a job taking out all those pins!ReplyCancel

  • LOVE the picture with the bride and her “bodyguards”…too cute!!! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    LOVE how Chase wears his shoes, lol!ReplyCancel

  • Helen,
    Great photos. Please tell Laura I said congrats and that she (well you all) loved breath-taking!ReplyCancel

  • She is beautiful! She looks like a Barbie doll. Everybody looked great! I can’t wait to see your family pictures, too!ReplyCancel

  • Very beautiful bride, and her MOH and Little Ring Bearers weren’t bad looking either!

    And MOH to MOH – aren’t you glad our job is done 😉ReplyCancel

  • Alicenne

    You look great! Very slim!ReplyCancel

  • Nellie Bragg

    Helen, beautiful pictures! I look forward to seeing more. Lovely children! You are doing such a wonderful job!ReplyCancel

  • Monica S.

    WOW! Her dress is AMAZING! She looks beautiful! You and the boys look wonderful too! I really like your hair! You should rock that everyday!ReplyCancel

    • Will you come style it for me, Monica? 😉ReplyCancel

      • Monica S.

        Absolutely! What time should I come over each day? Of course in exchange, I will leave my kiddos with you all day! How does that sound?ReplyCancel