Our girl has a college friend who is a photographer that lives in California and she asked our girl to 'PLEASE let me shoot your wedding' and the memories she captured are magic.
She also took the engagement photos
and will be at the reception next week as well. I've decided we're just going to adopt her. Not only is she a talented photographer, but she's just a delightful girl. She even slept on an air mattress and got up at 1 a.m. after the wedding, and drove 3 hours to the airport to catch a flight to take surprise engagement pictures of her best friend on a boat off the California coast. She's a gem and once you see the photos (she took those two above) you'll want her contact information so here it is
She's done a beautiful job and those photos will be forthcoming. In January, our girl and her fiancé decided they just wanted a very small ceremony in the middle of the forest here in May.
For our part, we just pulled everything else together. Just 20 for this weekend. We rented a VRBO for 10, the newlyweds got their own little spot, and everyone else had individual accommodations because they chose to stay longer as this little mountain community is a popular getaway.
I've been making lists about lists for some time. DH is always helpful, but I think he's been a little surprised at all of the preparations and it's not even a big, elaborate wedding. She didn't want a venue and 'no stress' was at the top of the list, but it still takes some planning. I'm sure DH was trying to process the fact that his little girl was really getting married.
I spent Thursday and Friday packing and cooking. I took a double batch of Cowboy Cookies, made Italian Wedding Salad (Kenny's mom made Chicken Salad, Jalapeno Pimento Cheese and wine) and gathered fresh veggies, cheeses, and various sundries to fill in. I also made a batch of cinnamon rolls and took ingredients for Breakfast Pizza one morning and Breakfast Burritos another morning rounding it all out with fruit and yogurt. Everyone else brought drinks and chips and snacks.
We all gathered at a restaurant (Texas Club) on Saturday evening
Our granddaughter and the maid-of-honor's daughter bonded instantly
They were just precious together
And we had a caterer come to the VRBO for Sunday's supper, after the wedding
All hands on deck to haul the arch (borrowed from a friend)
Yes, that's the bride wielding the screwdriver 😉
And the rugs
and chairs (borrowed from my in-laws),
and floral arrangements to the ceremony site.
It was a group effort