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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

It's NOT about the Wedding! It's about LOVE!

Gorgeous setting, guests all seated, Marine Corp in place, music began................and the rain decided to bless this beautiful occasion.

The wedding planner, immediately moved everything inside, and the sweet beginning of the marriage of Nathan and Julie showed that they would easily "weather" through the weather in all aspects of their married life!!! No tears because of the rain, just sweet sweet joy for this bride......

.......and, her Marine, 2nd Lt., groom. And, the both of them made sure that their joyous day was shared with the Marine brother serving overseas in Afghanistan.....................
(the groom announced during the vows to turn and say hello to his brother, as the bride waved.)

..........via the iPad held, with the connection set-up, by their Uncle Brian.

The bride and groom were relaxed, extremely over-joyed, and complimentary to each other. I can honestly say that it has been a very long time since I have witnessed a marriage ceremony that was actually NOT about the wedding, but about the LOVE between the bride and groom, and their desire to be surrounded by those who love them.

(And, you know you're getting old when your sons are definitely looking like full grown men.) They are best friends with the groom and his brothers. They share a very respectful friendship. They are a huge part of the reason we respect the service men and women.
(pictured here with 1 of the 3 brothers of the groom)
The wedding had entertainment, other than the dancing! Cousins reuniting decided to catch-up on some much missed fun with the photo booth! (As did the entire wedding guest attendees!)
And, the brothers decided they needed to have some fun with the photo booth also! (Crazy boys!)
All in all, the message of this wedding celebration was very clear-- that despite the imperfection that the rain may have brought by interrupting their beautifully set outdoor wedding, love of each other and love of family was most important. And, just to show how deep the bond is between this family--the bride and groom helped to stage a proposal for the 3rd brother to be engaged to marry! Yep, right after they staged the bouquet toss and garter to be caught by the two to be engaged, they help set up center stage for the proposal to take place (the bride-to-be was the one completely caught off guard). Needless to say, the room was "awh-ed".



There is so much to be commended when a bride and groom are NOT afraid of sharing the "limelight" on their day! This is love! This is family!

 Ahhh, so refreshing!!!

xo

18 comments:

  1. Sounds like such an enriching experience Shelly....yes it's definitely all about love and it looks like theirs will stand the test of time. l also have to mention that l love your clever photosnaps.

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    1. If I could assess by the way they handled the rain, with such style and grace, then, I believe this couple will make it through the trials. And, thank you, Bron, for complimenting my photosnaps. Good ole photo-shopping.

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  2. Such a lovely and sentimental wedding. Your story of their lovestory is beautiful. Thanks for sharing! xo Heather

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    1. Heather, I really couldn't even put into the post the profoundness of this ceremony! It was one of those times that I wished everyone could've witnessed. xo

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  3. wonderful images, Shelly! love the title... big hug to you

    Maria

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    1. Thank you, Maria! big hug back xo

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  4. Oh Shelly, what a remarkable post. It actually made me a little misty-eyed, I so love seeing the way the rain was perceived, as opposed to it being a drama-inducing crisis, such a lovely response to the unexpected.

    Your photos are wonderful, but the way you shared this in words is fabulous, thank you.
    tp

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    1. Isn't it wonderful to witness how a supposed crisis can be accepted with grace and style, and not allowed to take one's joy? That was this day in every way for this bride and groom. Thank you for actually experiencing the emotions behind this post! xo

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  5. Awesome post, and I was even there...I get goose bumps when I think about hearing that skype call come in from Afghanistan during the ceremony..Thank you for posting this story about Love!

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    1. It was such a profound moment! But, then the whole wedding ceremony and celebration was, also! xo

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  6. Julie Tucker ParnellMay 4, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Oh Shelly!
    Thank you so very, very much for the wonderful blog! These are the first pictures I'm seeing from the ceremony and our reception entrance. I also loved the video you sent me..WOW! I'm so thrilled to read such kind words. I can't say I wasn't disappointed that it rained, but I loved the ceremony being inside...it was meant to be! I think we felt the love around us in that room and it made the day even better. I'm so honored you were there to celebrate our day :) Did you see your wedding pic on the wall?

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    1. Julie, there are really no words profound enough to describe your wedding celebration, but I tried to convey (condensed version) as best to get the emotion across. I wish you and Nate everything wonderful, x's ten, in return for all you gave to everyone on your special night! (The wedding wall was a beautiful reminder that married couples welcome! Thank you.)

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  7. How incredibly charming. The way nothing dampened the couple's spirits, their generosity and love, staging a proposal for a loved one -- they are an example for engaged couples and wedding planners everywhere. Thank you for sharing, Shelly.

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    1. Doreen, isn't it refreshing? So much was given by this couple. Just the kind of celebration I take home in my heart! xo

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  8. Shelly, it was wonderful to finally meet you. I have heard great things about "Momma Gregory"! This blog post only proves that point. I love the way the boys have all become family. As you know this wedding was a long time coming and I think you put into words beautifully the evening and how lucky those of us that were there to witness it are. Thank you for this...I love that boy (man) like he is my own and this just made my day! Thanks again...and be prepared, I think they are all trying to figure out a way to get us BOTH up in that plane! Ahhhhhhh

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    1. Awesome! It's so awesome to have you visit here!!! Thank you for all the kind words! The feelings are mutual! There's so much to learn about a family when they come together! And, don't worry about going up just yet--remember, I am a mom of keeping promises at best, and Jasper isn't able to yet! We'll see how long we can hold them off! LOL!!!!!

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  9. What a wonderful wedding! And to share their day with a new soon to be wedded couple, that is awesome! Beautiful, just beautiful!

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    1. It is beautiful, isn't it? Hard to find couples like this.

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