As I sat in the room with all of the bridal party and Greg's family, I began to contemplate about how surreal it all was. While I've always thought of myself as a mom, but a mother-in-law was another story. I sat there and looked at everyone, from my kids to Greg's sister and mom, I thought about how we were strangers a few days previous, but in the next few minutes our lives would be forever entwined. I so desire for my grandchildren to be able to enjoy both sets of grandparents without any petty jealousy or conflicts. I vowed then and there to love Greg's family, as I love my own family. John and I already really enjoyed his folks, so I don't think it will be a hard thing to do. (I'm being real here, not just saying it because I know his Mom reads my blog!)
Greg's Stepdad and Mom
Maternal grandmother with Mom
Greg with his Dad and Mom
Sitting there, I began to pray for Beth, Greg and their marriage. Of course, I had to cut my prayers short because I had to find a bathroom,(typical me)!
Before I knew it, it was time to go to the front of the church. I watched my Mom and Dad and John's Mom being escorted by these two handsome guys:
Looking cool, calm and collected
"Let's get this show on the road!"
Me the ring bearer
Then it was my turn. John, Jr. offered me his arm. When we got to my seat, he leaned over and gave me a impromptu kiss on the cheek. Be still my heart!!
Greg's Dad was his best man
Looking about as comfortable as a groom can
Then came Abbey throwing down the petals
I don't have a picture of it, but Elijah brought the comic relief. As Abbey so solemnly threw down the petals, Elijah ran right behind her and picked every one of them up! There was a slight rumbled of laughter throughout the congregation. It really was quite cute, and so fitting of their personalities!
Here he's presenting me with the petals he's "cleaned" up.
He actually left a few, never worry, he picked those up on his way out!
Then the moment... accompanied by "Canon in D"... my gorgeous, eldest baby walked down the aisle with my ever so handsome husband. My baby about to become someone's wife. I had a lump in my throat the size of Texas.
and then he "gave" her away to her about to be husband
saying their vows
lighting the unity candle
beginning their marriage in prayer
(a wonderful way to begin a life together)
By this point, my tears were getting harder and harder to hold back. On our way down the aisle, John and I both bawled. In the foyer of the church, we clutched each other and cried, not sad, but happy, bittersweet tears.
Then it was time for the pictures:
The wedding party
(Minus Abbey and Elijah)
With Greg's Dad and Stepmom
Next it was time to paarty! And party we did!
(Again, thanks to Tim for letting me use his great photographic skills!)