Ok so here goes, Thursday afternoon the boys and I headed to the farm to be beary workers. We helped pull the house and grounds together, though I admittedly was pretty useless Thursday after working the three days before. We somehow managed to get the party lights up, food made, and everything cleaned. Zane helped dust and organize, as much as a four year old can. Friday was better, we cut wild flowers, got the house ready for guests, set up tables, and even managed to do a little decorating before the guests arrived.
The evening was full of fun, food, laughter, kids playing wonderfully together, old and new relatives catching up, meeting and greeting. It was wonderful to having everyone there, from both sides of the family. Able and Kari were giddy with excitement and could not wait for their big day. We got the bouquet and boutonnieres made in the evening and I feel into bed while there was still laughter and conversations going on in the living room. It was a rough night in the Korenak room with Zane keeping us up. Sounds like we should have had one big party, since no one slept well that night.
Grant and Rowan, chatting on the patio!
Mom and Crystal
The bride and groom with Grandpa Dotter. So glad he made it over for the celebration Friday.
Here are the couple I got before the ceremony.
Going over the plan
Mom putting the finishing touches on Able's outfit!
Able's getting married, but first, let me take a selfie!!!!
There were photos before the ceremony and my boys wondered around the church and the church grounds like they owned the place. There were lots of comments like, "Oh there are two of them." And "Oh my goodness he looks just like your dad." Turns out a lot of people hadn't seen Zane since he was four months old and yes he does look like his Grandpa. There cuteness did not disappoint and in the end they both did amazingly well during the ceremony. Praise God.
The ceremony was beautifully simple. Just the two of them, standing up in front of God and their loved ones, making a commitment to spend the rest of their lives together. As a side note, I realized on the way to the church that I hadn't put on my waterproof mascara, so I spent most of the ceremony fighting back tears, because I knew there would be no coming back if I let myself cry and I would look like a raccoon by the end of the service. I did good keeping it together, until I went to give Kari a hug afterwards. I kind of lost it, tears of joy, beyond thrilled to have her as sister, so grateful that she has made Able so happy!
Watching people take their wedding vows always makes me cry. In that moment all is perfect, but when you take the vows, " for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, and in health" you can't help but think about all that they will walk through together. It's such a blessing to not have to walk through it alone. I couldn't help but miss dad terribly and I so wished he could be there to see how happy Able was with his new bride. It was wonderful that they got married in the same church where Abbey and I got married. It is filled with memories of our own weddings, Dad walking me down the aisle, and all the celebrations from Zach and I's day. I know Dad was watching it all from above, I'm sure having a big celebration with our Grandmothers and all our loved ones that have gone before us.
The boys and I ready for the main event.
Saying their vows
Mr. & Mrs. Blakley
Zane with his Godfather!!
Able, making sure everyone knows that there was Savory Spices used in the wedding cake.
Their first dance.
My party companions, Anna and Jarret.
Cousin Nick and Jess, I spent a lot of time on the dance floor with these two.
A random highlight of my night was when, at one point in the evening, somehow myself, Zach, Nick, Jess, Kira, Able, and my Aunt Ann found ourselves in a kick line on the dance floor. That was something I did not see coming, but definitely makes my top ten highlight reel from the wedding.
One last picture with Nick before everyone headed home.
Sunday morning we helped take down decorations and had a quick brunch with the bride and groom before they flew off to Chicago for a little mini moon. A great time was had by all. I can't wait to see what the next big family event!