Thursday, August 6, 2009

Weddings!

So the whole point of making the trip to Nashville was to go to my cousin Zoe's wedding. Now I have...let's see...almost 20 cousins on my mom's side of the family...but Zoe is special. She's a person who makes you feel loved and important and truly cares about her friends and her family. I'll always remember her taking the time to really get to know Matt when he first started coming around...and that meant so much to me. She is loud and outgoing and funny...and I'm so lucky to have her in my life. Her parents are my godparents so making it to this wedding was essential in my book!

And...she was marrying another Matt! What could be better, right? Oh, I don't know...how about a boy who wants to be a pastor and is taking her to Korea for a year to teach English?? Yeah. That's right.

The wedding took place outside in the garden of a mansion. The rain stopped just in time and gave them the perfect window for the ceremony. It was perfect...simply gorgeous.







Isn't her dress just exquisite? When she started walking down the aisle I got tears in my eyes just looking at how beautiful and happy she looked. It was amazing.


The reception was held in a large tented off area of the mansion. We snagged a seat by a fan and it was the perfect setting for an evening wedding.













1st dance


Father/Daughter dance


Zoe and her mama watching the Mother/Son dance


3 of my cousins





It was such a beautiful wedding and I am ecstatic we were able to share in their special day!



The next day, Matt and I hit up an essential on a family vacation...Shoney's! Breakfast buffet...it's calling my name! Yum!



Then we headed over to Zoe's house for a BBQ. It was great to spend some extra time with family before everyone had to leave. Too bad Matt and Zoe were already in Antigua on their honeymoon...not.jealous.at.all. This is the view from one of their balconies. Isn't it gorgeous?? They should be expecting me to move in around next week :)




Matt and I were able to spend some valuable one on one with with my godparents after everyone left. In a family as big as mine, this time does not come very often and it was so special and one of my favorite parts of the whole trip. My Matty is not one to open up to people very quickly so seeing him so engaged in a conversation with one of my family members melted my heart. No one has really taken the time to get to know my husband like that and it meant the world to me that they cared enough to spend that extra time with us. Love them!


So our trip to Nashville drew to a close...and it was one of the most memorable trips I have taken with my husband. Can't wait for the next one, right honey!?! *kiss*

20 comments:

Mrs. G.I Joe said...

WOW! What a beautiful wedding! And in my old stomping grounds too:p So glad you guys had fun!

Adorably Distracted... said...

Awww such a pretty bride!!! and wedding! i'm glad you had fun!

I think it's funny how weddings never got to me when I was younger. I'd never shed a tear. Now that I actually know and love the bride and groom I pretty much always cry!!

Kristen said...

sounds amazing, the wedding pictures are gorgeous! Be very thankful that you have a large family and you all get along!

b is for brown said...

sooo pretty! i love weddings.

ps - good job on your weight loss. how did you do it?

Heather said...

Beautiful pics! The grooms cake is awesome. If my fiance saw that he would insist on getting a Packers one for our reception.

Lucy Marie said...

So beautiful... the wedding, the time with your godparents, the vaca with your hubby ... all of it. So glad you had a good time. xoxo

Lindsey said...

What a great wedding, so pretty!!

MLD said...

Beautiful wedding! I need to plan a visit to Nashville, definitely on my to-do list!

lola said...

Gorgeous pictures! I love the colors -- the pink is so bright! And the Steelers helmet (groom's cake?) was HYSTERICAL!

Jessica said...

Wow, what a beautiful ceremony!

Mrs. A said...

pretty wedding the couple look so happy.

The Novelista Barista said...

wow what a beautiful wedding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New England Girl said...

Gorgeous wedding!! Your cousin was such a beautiful bride!! :)
Glad you guys had such a good time!

jlc said...

Love her dress!! what a gorgeous wedding indeed!

Angela Darling said...

You sure do have a lot of cousins! What a gorgeous wedding! That ceremony site what stunning

The Shabby Princess said...

Oh my goodness, her dress is gorgeous!! It looks like just a perfect wedding and a perfect trip for you guys!

a H.I.T. said...

What fun! I love the groom's cake. Those pictures are gorgeous!

Ashley said...

Aww I love weddings especially when its the wedding of someone you are extra close with who is extra special to you!!

Katie said...

Oh my gosh, the little girls dresses are SO cute!!

ps: we aren't steelers fans over here in philly, but that is a pretty cool grooms cake!

cute blog ;)

xoxo
k

Stephanie said...

I am new to your blog and am reading your archives and came across the Nashville trip you took last year. I just think that its too cool that you went to places and did things that I see all the time with being in Nashville. The Opryland hotel and Riverwood Mansion, and the Pancake Pantry, anc Cheesecake Factory (YUM!!!) Hope you had fun and come back soon!