Monday, October 26, 2015

A Great Big Country Wedding


A full heart, one that you can actually feel expanding in your chest, with joyful tears pouring out of your eyes, doesn't happen every day.  At least not for me.

I am incredibly blessed to have a great big family that brings me much joy.   And a recent wedding of my baby sister's oldest daughter gathered our entire family together and still has my heart overflowing.


My niece, the recent graduate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University, (I've bragged about her before in this space.) tied the knot with the love of her life.


Despite college graduation and State Vet exams, packing up her Columbus, Ohio apartment and moving to Kentucky where her husband is in school, starting her first job as a Vet, starting an awesome pet accessory business AND getting married, all in the span of two very short weeks, this was one cool and very happy, drama-free Bride who, along with her equally happy Groom, paid attention to every detail of the wedding planning including making many of the table decorations.



Our Bride is a country girl-- always has and always will be one-- Same goes for her Groom.  So a country themed wedding was a natural choice for them and both participated in making the details and special touches happen-- Like the Groom cutting down a tree on his family's property to make the wood table chargers and decor.  The dads helped with the engraving to make it a total family affair.


Giving their guests a memento to help remember their special day was also a top priority and these were engraved with their own hands.  The mugs doubled as their table numbers cards too.



The "guest book" below was another personal touch by the Groom that turned out great.


You can't have a wedding without flowers and the Bride made her bouquet special with photo charms  in memory her grandparents and her aunt and uncle.



The Bride had her wedding band, her mother's and her grandmothers' rings with her as well.


As I looked through the hundred of photos from the photographer, I laughed and smiled and shed more than a few tears.  They reminded me of a beautifully perfect day, of the happiness and the wonderful life these "kids" will have together, of the loved ones who watched all the festivities from heaven, and of my deep, deep love of family.


I will always remember catching this glimpse of a quiet moment between the Bride and her three sisters.

But of all the memories, the one moment from the entire day that is etched in my brain forever was when...

The Bride was walking down the aisle with her dad and got close enough to make eye contact with her mother... And how very much the Bride looks like our mother.


Aren't weddings grand!

Welcome to www.TheFiftyFactor.com  -  Joanna Jenkins
Photo Credit: Hurley Photography
Flowers by: Bouts and Bouquets Geneva, Ohio

23 comments:

  1. A lovely day and a lovely tribute.
    And yes, she looks a LOT like your mother. May the newlyweds enjoy a long, happy life together.

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  2. Beautiful! Beautiful!
    I love the details that reflect who the Bride & Groom are, as people. So very one-of-a-kind, just as it should be. Congratulations to your entire family. Loved see the lovely photos!!

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  3. What an absolutely perfect day and wonderful tribute to a couple ready to take on the world! I will be a mother of the groom in two weeks and I am looking forward to a perfect day for them, as well! Thank you so much for sharing your family!

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  4. I love weddings, your family wedding sure was special!

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  5. She must be a special girl to have made such a wonderful day so special for so many people. It sounds like the groom and his family did a lot too.

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  6. I love country girl weddings and this looks like a really fun one. I think having all those rings with her is so touching!

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  7. Looks like a perfect wedding for a country couple and I wish them much happiness.

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  8. That is a pretty incredible wedding. Glad you were surrounded by so much family love. :)

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  9. What a beautiful wedding! And I simply love all the wonderful things the couple did to make it special. Weddings make me cry, too, even ones I see in pictures and stories, like this one! :-)

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  10. i loved this as we are in the beginning stages of our own planning….our son asked his girlfriend last month to marry him :)

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  11. Wow -- she's gorgeous! And it sounds like she found exactly the right guy -- I loved the idea that he made the chargers and the glasses are so clever! Every detail sang big songs of family and love -- it couldn't be more perfect! What a treasure -- I can see why you were so elated!

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  12. What a beautiful, accomplished and loving niece you have! The wedding sounds perfect -- because it was a true reflection of the love of two very special people and their love of family and friends.

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  13. Great photos. The photographer does good work.

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  14. What a beautiful event and such awesome and unique decorations. So much thought put into them to make them special. And such a happy and beautiful couple. I can imagine why you have such wonderful memories!! Hugs.

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  15. Beautiful photos! *hugs* for you and your family, sweetpea! xoxoxoxo

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  16. Congratulations! Looks like it was a happy event full of love.

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  17. Oh Joanna, you dear girl,
    What a special time! They really outdid themselves on the decorations, I've never seen better.
    The bride is really beautiful, and I mean the gorgeous old fashioned kind of beautiful.
    I think your "tribe" is very special.
    xo d

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  18. Weddings are grand. Mine cost nearly four grand...hope you are well, JJ.

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  19. What a perfectly lovely event. They had so many sweet touches and beautiful images. I have attended a couple of outdoor country weddings and there's truly something special about exchanging vows in the great outdoors. Thanks for sharing your beautiful family event.

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  20. What a gorgeous wedding, and YES, the bride does look like her Grandmother!

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  21. Yes they are, and that looks like a very lovely and special one. Congratulations to your family!

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  22. My daughter is a vet; but not yet married. Anyway, all the best to your niece the bride. May she have a happy life, save many animals ... and keep your eyes full with pride.

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  23. Joanna, I usually cry at weddings, and, I have to admit, I had tears in my eyes reading about this lovely occasion and seeing the beautiful pictures. What special, personal touches! I wish your niece and her handsome husband a full and happy life, surrounded by this large loving family.

    I really needed just this boost of joy as I've been very sad since the day after Thanksgiving when I learned of the death of a beloved forensic nurse friend. It reinforces that life is very fleeting and we must cherish those we love and hold them close while we can!

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