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A Valentine Wedding

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

– 1 Corinthians 13:13

Four years ago, my mom was engrossed in my wedding – where should we have the rehearsal dinner? what’s my something blue? how can we get taylor swift to come sing at the wedding?

And four years later, it’s the exact opposite. What an amazing feeling to get to watch a parent get married. I could literally feel the presence of God in the sanctuary and feel the joy radiating from my mom, excited for a new life ahead of her – falling upward.

I’ve shared in a blog previously my path to getting here [the only constant is change]. It hasn’t been easy, and honestly, it’s still not close to being complete. I’m still struggling. I’ve had a roller coaster of emotions the past few weeks you could hardly imagine, with sleepless nights and tearful days.

But let me tell you, He blesses the faithful. He may take away, but He also certainly gives, and what He has given me has been so valuable already – an amazing, loving, beautiful bonus family of sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and more.

I will never forget my dad and the love he and my mom shared, but I also will not let myself grieve instead of opening up to love. “But the greatest of these is love.”

Enjoy some pictures below from our Valentine Wedding weekend.

S A T U R D A Y  N I G H T
“Rehearsal” Dinner
Hosts: Spencer + Kristin, Bret + Erika

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[beautiful mama]

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[from ohio and okc – what great friends to make the trip!]

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[two of the wonderful hosts: kristin + spence]

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[surprise acapella group serenaded us all – they were amazing!]

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[meanwhile, husband and I are in the pantry pouring whiskey shots for a surprise toast]

S U N D A Y
Wedding: United Lutheran Church, Bella Vista

Post-Wedding Brunch: Alderman Home
Hosts: Kyle + Mille

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[congrats to the beautiful bride + groom, mr. and mrs. nelson]

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[didn’t get any pictures of the actual wedding, but here is mom + fred giving valentine’s candy to the kids after their song “joy, joy, joy”]

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[the boys (my new nephews) – bruce, nelson, henry + jack]

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[fred ❤ robin]

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[champagne bar was a huge success]

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[head over heels for macaroons + the newlyweds]

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[my beautiful servers! they were amazing helping prep for the brunch]

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[sister, sister!]

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[my wedding gift: “a new road together” via etsy]

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[love my mother and so overjoyed to be part of this special day!]

And now the newlyweds are off on their honeymoon, two weeks in Hawaii by way of San Francisco – oh how jealous I am as we are having our first snow of the year!

xo xo

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