Sunday, June 24, 2012

Jonathan & April's Wedding

Well, luckily the rehearsal weather was no indication of how the actual wedding would turn out.

Saturday morning started with pouring rain and an overcast sky. All day it went between raining, drizzling and no rain but still cloudy and overcast. It was raining pretty good until 15 minutes before the ceremony was suppossed to start. At 5:45pm the clouds parted, the sun came out and the rain stopped. About 15 people grabbed beach towels and ran down the rows of chairs drying them off. Everyone was seated and the ceremony began.

Our family! 
We were able to sneak in a picture when it stopped raining and before Xander spit up on his outfit (a onesie with a tie sewn on it!) and while Gabriella's dress was still white. 

Me and the kiddos! Gabriella was in the middle of saying, "smile!" when we took it

Me with my dad and bro

Ariella with me and Xander. She looked so cute in her dress!

Gabriella and James waiting for their turn to walk down the aisle. Gabriella was trying really hard to untie her co-flower girl's (cousin Amelia) belt.

A video of the kids walking down the aisle. 
Gabriella and Amelia were the flower girls and James was the ring-bearer. 
The video is quite a bit shaky because I was holding Xander in one hand, holding the camera in the other and  directing the kids down the aisle at the same time!

A picture of the ceremony. 
I was standing in the back with Xander. 
The wedding at in April's parents backyard with a pond. It was beautiful!

Cousins running around after the ceremony was over. 
Here are James C., Nicholas, James M., William, Gabriella and Haylie. 

Me and my mom! I sure do love her!
It was freezing so after we had pictures taken we all bundled up in our warm coats.

The cousins finding more ways to play. Its so fun watching them play together. It reminds me of when we were kids and we all played together at big get-togethers. 

My sister, Amy with me and mom
And Ariella huddled in the background. She wrapped up in that blanket and kept it around her most of the night. Even while she was on the dance floor!

Uncle Steve and Brad found a way to stay warm. Brad managed to sneak in a couple bottles of wine wrapped up in a kid's jacket and they hid them under the table!

Gabriella and her friend Lucy dancing at the reception. Gabriella continued to "bust a move" until well after 10pm. 

Beautiful bride and groom!

Gabriella dancing with Grampa

Dancing with Grampa

Me and Matt. He looks a little tired (his wisdom teeth extractions are still healing up and he was hurting pretty bad by this time of night)

Mom brought glow sticks for all the kids. Ariella made a mustache of hers. 

Overall the day was great. It started out looking like it was going  to be really bad, but turned out wonderful. God showered down blessing after blessing and made their day a memorable and wonderful time. They had not a drop of rain fall during the reception or ceremony, eventhough all around us was black cloudy skies. 
Beautiful sunset at their reception. 

I am so proud of Jonathan and April. They have walked through the mud to get to this point (literally) and are all the better for it. They are a great couple, and I love them both dearly. I couldn't ask for a better sister-in-law and friend. They both bring so much love and gold out of each other. It will be so much fun looking forward to seeing all the glorious things God has in store for them!

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