Tuesday I made the trek home to help out with the preparations for my brother's wedding. It seemed like I blinked and it was over! I spent most of my time helping my mom organize the rehearsal dinner. After what seemed like days of making place cards, we were finally sitting down to a delicious meal. The speeches were so sweet. Kellie's mom talked about how how in love and happy they are together. My mom and dad spoke about keeping the Lord first in their life and marriage. Everyone else's were beautiful, but my brother Luke stole the show with his hilarious account of hearing them talk on the phone.
"I was trying to fall asleep one night while they were talking." Luke said. With 3 rooms and 6 kids, we all had to share rooms. That means there isn't much personal space. You can either talk in your room to the detriment of your sibling or go outside. A comfortable bed normally wins. This particular time they talked until the early morning hours. About the 3rd time Luke woke up he heard this, "Kellie, even your breathing is like a chorus of angels." At that moment he knew he had the crown jewels of blackmail material. At the rehearsal dinner, the time had finally come to use it. The whole place erupted in laughter. I was so proud! Ha!
Saturday was a full of hustle and bustle. Everyone was running around like a chicken with it's head cut off, as my mother would say. Soon it was only 30 minutes before the wedding and things slowed down. I could almost see the butterflies in Kellie's stomach as she waited for the minutes to pass. I remember those feelings. The anticipation is thrilling and sickening at the same time.
The moments blurred together as Kellie came down the isle. She was a dream in white. I nearly melted when I saw Matt's eyes teared up. I can only imagine there was a sigh deep inside. The moment had finally come. The ceremony was beautiful. At one point they had the important men in their lives come up and pray for them. It was my favorite part.
I could not have imagined a more beautiful reception. The place had completely transformed overnight. Michelle, my mom and I helped Thursday night, but they had done so much more since then! It was so elegant. They even had a little photo booth area with fur coats. We definitely took advantage of it! :)
Our family is going to be so huge after everyone gets married! I can't imagine how crazy our family gatherings are going to be! I am so glad to add Kellie is the newest member of our family! I couldn't think of anyone more perfect for my little brother! (PS: Luke says he looks retarded, but this is the only family picture I got that day. It is going to be our Christmas picture too. Sorry bro!)
Jonathan took this of my parents. So sweet!
Hopefully I can catch up on all the Christmas things you guys are doing! I've been so out of the loop this past week! I know I am looking forward to all of our Christmas celebrations during the next 2 weeks! I hope you all had a blessed weekend!