We awoke Thursday morning, our hearts all aflutter…
It was Gracie’s wedding day!!
On Wednesday we headed out to Philadelphia where we would be setting up camp at a Home2 Suites. We booked two rooms for two nights and slept like babies upon arriving Wednesday night.
On Thursday morning, after a tasty complimentary breakfast, we set to work, preparing for the day. While the boys enjoyed the hotel pool, the girls and I began pressing wrinkles out of wedding outfits and preparing for the day.
At 11:00 we began getting dolled up for the big event.
With the Mama Mia soundtrack serving as the background music to our day, we curled, pinned, and glossed our way into bridal beauty.
My already lovely daughters became show stoppers with the addition of bridal dresses and high heels.
Then it was time for the boys to get gussied up. They all looked dapper in their matching ties, sewn by the bride and groom prior to the wedding.
The fathers’ ties were gifted with a personalized iron-in tag printed with a message of love to the dads from the bride and groom.
The male relatives also all received a beautiful metal tie tacks in the shape of the Philadelphia temple to wear to the wedding, while the girls all received beautiful scarfs to warm them against the October chill of the day.
The mothers of the bride and groom also received personal gifts. Gracie gave me mine at the hotel before leaving for the wedding and I’m so glad she did.
I was a mess as I read the inscription on my wedding day hankie and the loving message she penned in my copy of “Love you Forever.”
Zach’s mother, Sherrie, received her wedding day hankie from Grace and a matching book from Zach at the luncheon they hosted prior to the big event.
After many tears and lots of loving embraces, it was time to go. We were meeting the groom at the temple at 2:00 for photos. We opted to do wedding photos prior to the ceremony, as their 7:30 pm wedding ceremony would mean it would be dark afterwards and make wedding photos more of a challenge.
Grace asked me to take their wedding photos rather than hire someone else to do it, so with Molly’s help we spent the next hour capturing the love Gracie and Zach share.
The biggest challenge was the wind. With 30-40 mile an hour gusts, we found ourselves battling the elements.
It was a good thing I used an entire packet of bobby pins in Gracie’s hair! Despite the winds, her hair didn’t move.
Molly and I didn’t fare so well!
At 3:30 we strolled across the street to enjoy the luncheon so lovingly put on by the groom’s family for the guests that traveled in for the wedding.
The spread was amazing,
And everyone enjoyed the time we had to celebrate the blessings of the day over good food and in the company of good friends.
Following the meal, we took advantage of the beautiful courtyard that stands in the center of the church to take family photos with the bride and groom…
So much love in one place!
Then it was time to stroll across the street to the temple and begin getting ready for the marriage ceremony. While the parents helped the bride and groom get ready, the siblings headed to the parking garage to decorate the “getaway car,” as Tyler called it.
The boys each made posters ahead of time,
And packed balloons and window markers to decorate Zach’s car.
They did a stellar job with the help of Zach’s niece and some of his sisters.
Then it was time for the big event, and it was beautiful! With tears of joy streaming down their cheeks, the bridcommitted themselves before family, friends, and Heavenly Father to love and honor each other from this day forward with a love that is never-ending and will endure into the eternities. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.
They exited the Philadelphia temple to cheers of delight,
As family and friends embraced them in love…
Then it was time to say goodnight to the new Mr. and Mrs. Tame!
Next big event: The reception!