Saturday, December 31, 2011

Finally, my thoughts and photos of THE Wedding Happenings

I am not sure why I've delayed this so long.  I guess I needed a little time to process the events, the challenges, and the unmeasured joy!

Groom's Dinner:  We had a lot of family traveling to Utah to support us in this glorious day.  So, we decided to have a Groom's Dinner the night before the wedding.  It was held in downtown Salt Lake City at Brigham Apartments.

The M.C.

Telling their Luvvvv story

Britt's parents and little sis

I could not have pulled any of this off without my young friend, Andrea, who did so much of the foot work for us.  My sister in law, Janet, also was an amazing support and help.  My brother in law, Bill, prepared a wonderful wedding slide show full of carefully selected photos and music.  Members of our family traveled from Tennessee, Texas, Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona.  I know Brittney's family did a lot of traveling as well.   It was a wonderful evening.. and for us, full of wonderful memories.  I may post more photos of this later.

Wedding Day!

In spite of a few snags which always accompany a wedding day, the ceremony was absolutely fantastic and full of the spirit.  The bride and groom confidently went about the day they had anticipated for many weeks and months (and for years, really, if you think about it!).  Brittney was a most beautiful bride.  Brian was a very handsome groom.  All the wedding party glowed in their carefully chosen attire.  Parents wept tears of great joy.  In spite of rain, we got some lovely photos:

We have hundreds of photos.  I haven't posted hardly any of extended family and friends.  I hope to do so soon.

The photographer at the temple was Ashley Carter.  Her website is

The Reception

The Reception was held at The Gathering Place at Gardner Village just outside of Salt Lake.  It was a lovely venue.  We had so many friends come from around the area - we were so grateful!   I don't have many photos, but here are a few:

I need to add more of these later, too.

The Open House!
The open house was a huge undertaking, and I could never have pulled it off without my friends, as I said before.  We had it at our ward building.  I debated and debated that and thought about trying to find an affordable place to rent.  However, Brian grew up playing basketball in that gym, and having boy scout courts of honor, and so on.  It seemed only appropriate to have one more of the most important events of his life there as well.  I think it turned out beautifully! We even chose to "embrace" the basketball hoops instead of hide them.  If you know, Brian, you'll know why.

Open House photography by Jennifer Rowbury.

Again, I have so many photos and need to post more.

We are blessed by so many friends and family who support us in so many things.  If you are someone who attended a wedding event, or sent a gift, or a letter, or made a salad, or cookies, or traveled, or anything at all - we thank you. If you are someone who just love these two wonderful young people, we thank you.  And if you don't know them at all but are looking at this blog - welcome, and thank you, too.

"Marriage is the foundry for social order, the fountain of virtue, and the foundation for eternal exaltation. Marriage has been divinely designated as an eternal and everlasting covenant.  Marriage is sanctified when it is cherished and honored in holiness. That union is not merely between husband and wife; it embraces a partnership with God.  “Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other.” Children born of that marital union are “an heritage of the Lord.” Marriage is but the beginning bud of family life; parenthood is its flower. And that bouquet becomes even more beautiful when graced with grandchildren. Families may become as eternal as the kingdom of God itself. "

~Russell M. Nelson