Monday, September 12, 2016

Mary & Kevin's Wedding Reception

First of all, I want to thank the dozens and dozens of people who so generously donated their time and resources to make this Reception a lovely event for Mary and Kevin.  I asked for a lot of favors from a lot of dear friends and family, and everyone was so wonderful to help!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Here's the latest Family Picture!  We are now officially the Family of 9!

My friend Stephanie made this beautiful cake.  And Kevin's aunt Sherry (sp?) did all the wonderful flowers for the reception.  They were gorgeous!  And she grew most of them herself, as I understand it.

Kaylee painted the sign with Mary & Kevin's names on it.  Last minute life-saver!

For the food, we had cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes, cherry tomatoes and strawberries for the fruit.  And then about 18 different kinds of cookies, and ice cream.  Libby enjoyed it!

 It was really fun to be in the line with Kevin's parents!  What a treat to only have one reception.

Joseph, Becca, Lexi and cousin Lindsey

 Aunt Michelle brought these beautiful flower arrangements.

Kevin looks like he's right off of a GQ magazing here.

This beautiful balloon arch was put together by my friend Tonia.  I thought it was unique and fun!

 Cousin Lane - very serious about this cookie!

 One really fun thing about this reception is that all the picnic benches were moved out around the Pavilion, so after people went through the line and ate, they were able to go out and sit on the picnic tables and the kinds ran around and had a ball.  It seemed like people stayed a lot longer than they normally would have at a reception.  The weather was lovely!  On the warm side, but with a nice breeze blowing.

Joseph and Becca - the engaged couple - just a "little" part of them wishing the next 8 months would fly by!

The dancing part of the Reception was fun!  Wish we had more pictures of this, but we were all dancing.  

Lovely nieces: Kate, Camille - who is now on a mission, and Lauren.

We sent Kevin and Mary off in a shower of sparklers.  Whitney bought some treats for inside their car, and somebody decorated it.

Halfway through cleaning up, this was going on!  So fun.

I was so exhausted after all the goings-on that I could not even think of how to pack everything up.  If not for everyone who helped, Whitney in particular, I would have still been sitting there hours later.

Overall it was a beautiful, wonderful day.  I am so grateful to a loving Heavenly Father, who provided this mortal experience where we can experience joy, as well as sorrow, but on this day, I truly felt an overflowing joy in my heart, "good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over..."

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