so you may remember this engagement party!!!
and you may also remember this heartbreaking day for parker and thomas, as they lost their best friend on his wedding day.
if so (or if not!), you will find the following photos to be incredibly special and heartfelt. the love was thick and the laughter was sweet as they got married on saturday. i've known parker for...oh...5+ years, as her sister is one of my best friends! so to be invited to this grand event was such an honor! words can't really express how beautiful it was! it was a amazingly rich and thoughtful ceremony -- followed by a stunning display of love and happiness at the reception!
her dress was, well.....drop dead gorgeous.
i don't even know how she wore it for as long as she did -- it was sooo heavy!
this smile was unmovable all day!
every bridesmaid was so sweet and excited for her!
lanier, the doting and very attentive maid of honor, was last to get her hair and makeup done, since she was so busy running circles around everybody else! musta felt nice to sit down for a split second to get all pretty! (actually, she was very antsy to sit down, she didn't want to miss a second of anything!)
let's just say that i didn't pick the best spot to sit in the sanctuary. both sides of the aisle faced each other, so i got all confused and wanted to be close to the front of the church. but...then i realized i should have chosen to be close to the aisle. then i realized my camera is INCREDIBLY loud in ceremonies where there's only wood and plaster. whew...those acoustics killed any chance of getting a better shot than this. i didn't want to interrupt!
can you imagine walking down those stairs?!
talk to me about these arrangements.
just talk to me.
talk to me about how INSANELY GORGEOUS they are!
and to put them into perspective, scale them in size compared to the chairs at the table.
i wouldn't know where to begin with the centerpieces at the serving stations....?
would you say, oh....15 feet tall?
words are unnecessary....
their first dance was so fun!
parker with her daddy...
at any rate -- it was a WONDERFUL night out of town for chad and me. we stayed in raleigh at this super-fun hotel and were up till 3am, talking and eating pizza!
"Tips"....better known as mother of the bride, shared in my joy over pizza! :)
i would gush on and on about this wedding experience, but a snotty 3ft savage is pulling on my sweatpants and screaming his eyeballs out for breakfast. JOY! did i mention we're both sick now? oh yes....
oh, and thanks Google for restoring my photo capabilities...now i can step away from the ledge...