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Monday, April 15, 2013

The day my sister became a wife.

I'm not even really sure how you put together a post like this. And to be honest, it feels a little less daunting now that the wedding day festivities could be followed by instagram users thanks to hashtags and all that goodness. You have to admit, social media is pretty cool that way nowadays. Everyone gets to feel a part.

To state the obvious--yesterday was perfect. It was gorgeous. The weather was pretty much great, albeit a tad bit windy during picture-time (we survived). My sister looked like an amazing, classy model in her perfect dress and birdcage veil. The bridesmaids looked killer. The colors came together amazing. The guys looked handsome in their tan suits & matching ties. The flowers were perfection. The ceremony made everyone cry. It was personal and amazing, their vows were touching, and there was a resounding sense of JOY JOY JOY to see these two so happy and in love.


Having the camera crew there for the show was no big deal. Except the fact I'm pretty sure they caught Emeline's worst moment in history on camera, and I fear it might be played up to become some huge wedding negative. Just picture a 3 year old, melting down during the reception prayer, over-tired, only had a 10 minute car nap, and screaming "go away daddy" (talk about heartbreaking for my husband & something I've never heard her say before :/ ) while he had to carry her out of the building in hysterics. It was sad! And awful. But it happens. And she had a long, long day.

Other than that little meltdown moment, though, which started because she wanted to join Aunt Susie & Uncle Jeff during their first dance (can you blame her? haha)---the kids were amazing the rest of the time. Of course they were still KIDS, you can't really expect them to act like well behaved adults. Stealing candy from the candy table, dancing like crazy, stuffing their face with cake, finding every opportunity to run around and have fun. But they really were great, overall. Lucy slept during the ceremony with my friend Lauren (who was a lifesaver), and also during parts of the reception with another friend.

caught by the camera man, stealing candy. fabulous ;)

Let's see. If I could sum up my top moments of the day....

Hair & makeup morning with all the girls at the hotel, sans kids. Watching my daddy's reaction when he saw Susan for the first time. Enjoying watching from the sidelines as Susan & Jeff got their "first look" together. It was precious and sweet and I'm pretty sure Jeff was stunned with her killer looks and hot body. Watching Emeline & her cousin, Kylie walk down the aisle hand in hand. They were so cute! Listening to Susan & Jeff share their written vows. I tried so hard to keep it together, but it was just such a testament to God's faithfulness in Susan's life, I wanted to sob like a big baby. Then, I have to say--that dancing is always just so much fun. But watching everyone circle around Emeline at the end, as she danced and then dropped to the ground doing what I think was the worm? Hilarious. Pretty sure she totally digged all that attention.


I'm still on post-wedding high and it wasn't even my wedding. It was just....so much happy. So much. And I know that my sister was on cloud 9 all day. It was an absolute honor to be her matron of honor, to stand by her side and watch as she committed to a life of loving Jeff. They're the sweetest couple and as I said in my toast, I can't wait to keep watching their story unfold.


What a happy, happy day indeed.

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40 comments:

  1. This made me tear up! I'm so so happy for Susan and am so glad her day was perfect. Poor Eme and her tiredness! Glad it was only one meltdown though! Thank you for sharing her day on Instagram too. I had a a lot of fun grabbing my phone and feeling like I was there. God bless Susan and Jeff!

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  2. At first, I thought you meant Eme screamed and had to be carried out of the wedding. The reception? NBD! :) I just knew the wedding would be so awesome. I am so happy for Susan AND you. Happiness for someone else is just heartwarming. :) The pics are great.

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  3. I think Susan's wedding changed my whole opinion about not posting anything on social media, particularly IG. I loved looking through the timeline and seeing the festivities - I felt like I was there! I'm sure her and her new husband were thrilled looking at all the photos afterwards too. You both looked so beautiful and I'm so happy everything went off without a hitch!

    Congratulations to Susan and Jeff!

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  4. I absolutely loved refreshing Instagram for new photos under the hash tag and wished I had done something similar for my day. Susan was absolutely stunning which I knew she would be. Thank you for sharing with us all!
    Happiest of blessings to Susan and Jeff!

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  5. what a gorgeous wedding, and i love the bridesmaids dresses!

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  6. Beautiful. Watching all the pictures pop up in my IG feed yesterday just made my day. I love weddings and now I love them even more cause I'm finally planning mine. Everything looked perfect and your sister looked beautiful.

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  7. Everyone and everything looks beautiful! I was excited to see pictures pop up on my feed on Saturday and Sunday. It looked like so much fun. Her dress was amazing! So classy! Yours too. Fit you perfectly! I cant'wait to watch this on tv! How fun!!!!

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  8. Wow, wow, wow. What a day!

    Will you let us know when the show is going to air?! I can't wait to watch it!

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  9. LOVED all the photos!! Also I'm curious, are they taking a honeymoon? I always wonder if that TV show if the couple still does a honeymoon before the big reveal :)

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  10. Woooow the bride looked stunning! Also you and your precious family looked fabulous! I'm glad you had such a happy day. Having a sister is the best!

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  11. Everything looked perfect!

    Oh NO about the meltdown on camera! Oh, geez. ;) Toddlers.

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  12. Congrats to your sister! Lately weddings kind of turn me into mush. I love reading about them.

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  13. WHAT A GORGEOUS DAY!

    my baby sis got married back in dec..i cried...just saying...weddings make me emotional!

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  14. Everything looked gorgeous!!! I followed IG all day yesterday just to see new pictures!! Looked like it couldn't have been any better and I can't wait to see it on TV!
    Congrats Susan & Jeff!!

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  15. The whole thing just looks so beautiful. Susan in her dress... breathtaking. That group bridesmaid picture is amazing and you looked beautiful in your dress. I'm so glad that Susan had such a wonderful day. She truly deserved it. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. This is beautiful! A beautiful day! A beautiful bride! A beautiful post! I love it Katie! So happy for Susan and Jeff! Here's to a thousand years of Happiness :)

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  17. Wow it all just looks beautiful. The dresses, the wedding, the party, oh my!

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  18. Her wedding was just perfection and I'm so so incredibly happy for her and Jeff!!!! :)

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  19. What a gorgeous wedding! So glad it all went well. I have to say I LOVE Susan's dress! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

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  20. Having read your sisters blog casually for a few years, I feel so grateful to have gotten to see this all work out the way it has. She's amazing... she totally deserved this perfect day.

    I also found myself googling 4 weddings to see what it was all about and oh!my!gosh! So the other brides were THERE? That's intense. I hope they loved every minute!! Rooting for them to win, but I think it's pretty obvious that no matter how the show works out.. she definitely did.

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  21. I for one am guilty of stalking your IG this weekend. Everything looked perfect! I'm so glad it was such a great day for Susan and your entire family!!

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  22. beautiful! So what show is she going to be on, and how'd she get on it?! Can't wait to see it. Your sister looks so gorgeous! (And so do you!)

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  23. Oh my goodness! Such beautiful pictures! Susan looked amazing {as did you}... can you post more pictures?

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  24. You know I stalked all day on IG. I kept getting all teary, too. And I am so not an emotional person but I was thinking back to when I started reading Sue's blog and what an amazing plan God had for her (and Jeff). Susan looked absolutely stunning in every photo. Everyone and everything looked perfect. I cannot wait to see more photos and for the episode to air!
    Love! Love! Love!
    xoxo

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  25. This post had me in happy tears! Her story is like no other I've heard. I will admit that I followed the hashtag like crazy all day yesterday and kept waiting for a Lucy picture. :) Her wedding was BEAUTIFUL and the details (from what I could see) blew me away. Congratulations and I hope she has a great honeymoon!

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  26. I mentioned it on IG and ill say it again...your sister was stunning!! I'm pretty sure they made that dress for her! And whoever created the birdcage veil? Had her in mind. Every detail was just beautiful. Can't wait to see it all play out on the show. Also, I so hope you got emeline dancing on video! That is awesome!!!

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  27. Oh yay I was hoping for a wedding post today! She looks gorgeous and so do you! Looks like a fun and memorabled day for all. I'm so happy for her. Do you have any idea what month TLC will show it? I figured it'll be awhile.

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  28. I had the same cake topper! Love Willow Tree! The pictures look great!

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  29. SO beautiful and perfect! You and Susan both look amazing and they look SO happy! Please be sure to tell us when we can watch the show - can't wait!!

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  30. Aw, yay!! All of you look so beautiful!! Sounds like a perfect day. :)

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  31. I stalked Instagram from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed trying to catch glimpses of Susan and Jeff's bug day!! Everything looked absolutely gorgeous! And your sister was stunning!

    Can't wait to see it all unfold on Four Weddings!!!

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  32. So happy for Susan! When is the show on? What channel?

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  33. Photo updates were incredible! You two are GORGEOUS sisters and overall... Just such a beautiful, beautiful family! So thankful that everything about the day was wonderful!

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  34. Susan looked so amazing sunday! Knew she would. Can't WAIT to watch the show! You must share you're MOH speech!

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  35. She looked beautiful, and so did you! Love all the pics, loved following along with instagram. :) So happy for Susan & Jeff!

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  36. I followed the pictures on Instagram. it was such a treat to be able to share the day with you all. and i am looking forward to seeing the show air on tlc. You all looked beautiful!!!

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  37. Probably a silly question, but how do we follow you on Instagram? I am behind the times :)

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  38. So pretty! Thank you for sharing the pictures this weekend! Every time I see a wedding I want to do mine all over again. You can see just how happy they are!

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  39. Everything was so beautiful and it sounds like a truly amazing, magical day! Truly!

    Thank you for sharing it with us and please let us know when the show will be on!

    (p.s. I think this is the show that my niece decided NOT to be a part of. I *think*)

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  40. Wow. What a gorgeous wedding. And bride. And family. *sigh* makes me feel all weepy.

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