Submitted by Linda
This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending another family wedding, this time for our niece Kari (pronounced "Car-ee" rather than "Care-ee"). Kari is just a couple of years older than my boys, and we have lots of happy memories of her growing up years. She recently graduated from APU with an Art major, and is now continuing her studies in Marriage and Family Therapy. She found her soul-mate in Justin, who is getting his MFT at Fuller Seminary. What good work they will do as a team!
Here is their invitation:
Another feeling I felt at the wedding was romance. These gorgeous pale flowers and her creamy gown set the tone for a sweet and special event.
The dress code was pretty informal, as you can tell from the groom's open collar.
You know those irritating people who tried to horn in when the real photographer is taking that family pictures between the wedding and reception? I tried not to be one of those people, but I couldn't resist taking this picture of Kari and her dad as I walked by.
The most gorgeous detail is the sleeves. Pearls and beads and sparkles, oh my!
Moving on to the reception....
The centerpieces used dotted tulle, wood, and flowers in vintage vases and glasses. Remember my adventure at Treasures and Junk? Justin and Kari found lots of the glassware for the tables there!
In the spirit of the warm and welcoming theme, Kari and Justin chose to have soups, salad and bread as their meal. Their plan was to have 'comfort food', and it even included mac 'n' cheese for the kids. The soup choices included gluten free, vegan, and a meat option. I loved the meal, and agree that it added to the home and family feeling. (And what says 'home' more than fishy crackers?)
In the top right corner of the picture you'll see wooden discs that were used to tell us our table assignment. Cute!
I hope the bride and groom enjoyed it as much as the guests did!
Children were more than welcome at this wedding, in fact the only people who walked down the aisle besides the bride and groom were 5 nieces and nephews who were ring bearers and flower girls. Kids are definitely important to this couple. So much, that they provided sweet little fabric bags, complete with crayons and paper for the little ones.
Their favor was a collection of recipes from 'our family to yours', and included their favorite family recipes.
Here's another sweet touch at the dessert table. Offerings included chocolate chip cookies, brownies, gluten free options, and old fashioned cinnamon rolls! Mmmmmmm!
Since our little family isn't often together these days, I asked someone to snap a pic of us. Despite the poor picture quality, it shows that we were there to help celebrate. Does it seem like Craig and I are unusually short? And does it seem like the boys are wearing genuine grins?
Those clowns are standing on their tippy toes, just to try to be taller than the other, and to dwarf us!
All in all, it was such a wonderful and special time. If I'm lucky, someday I may get to sit around that table for a meal in Kari and Justin's kitchen......