Boots, Barbecue and Blessings

I promised the boots.  Karen’s boots as Mother of the Bride.  You really needed to see them.

Aren’t they fabulous?  And so not Karen.  But so Texas.  And when your daughter wants a Texas wedding, you get Texas boots.  Weddings are all about the Bride, after all.  And this Bride wanted boots!

“A Texas Wedding” was a real crowd-pleaser on this blog.  And since I had at least 4,682 more pics, I thought you all might like to see a few more of them.  And yes, I am prone to exaggeration.  Just in case you were wondering.

The Flower Girl and Ring Bearer waiting to walk down the grassy aisle.  Aren’t they just the cutest?

The Flower Girl carefully dropped her yellow petals on the carpet of green.  She was very focused on the job at hand.

The Ring Bearer had an interesting way of carrying the pillow down the aisle.    Rumor has it they wouldn’t let him have the real rings on his pillow.  So I suppose he figured why bother with holding the pillow carefully?  It’s just a fake prop after all.  I’m with you, Landon!  Why be careful with just a prop?  Or maybe this is why they didn’t let him have the rings on the pillow in the first place?  Just sayin’…….

Grandma & Grandpa peered through the crowd to catch a glimpse of the Bride arriving on horseback.  As did everyone else.  It’s not every day the Bride arrives on a horse!

And here she comes!  The Bride looked right at home riding in on this beautiful white horse.  With her Father at her side on his own horse.  I predict there will be many great pics of her coming in.  The cameras were clicking away!

Can you tell this Papa is proud?  What a beautiful Bride!

And he gave her a kiss as he gave her away……..

And the happy Groom encouraged her as she said her vows.

This sweet girl, Cousin of the Bride, read scripture to the happy couple.  She did a fabulous job!

“You may kiss the Bride!”

And this was the happy Groom’s face immediately after the kiss.  Do you think maybe he’s just happy the ceremony is over?  I think he’s happy that he got the girl.  He couldn’t stop grinning.

And they shared a happy moment as they walked down the aisle to the waiting horses.  And they mounted the horses and galloped away.  OK, they walked away on their spirited horses.  But I bet they were galloping in the mind of the Bride.  With her dress and hair flying in the wind.  At least that’s what it looked like in my mind.  I’m just sure the Bride felt the same.

The table with the guest book.  The flowers were fabulous.  And the basket at the end of the table?

This was what was inside.  Now how many times have you seen that at a wedding?

Proud, smiling Grandma and Grandpa.  It was a beautiful day for a wedding.

Bride’s cake.  Yum.  And look at the beautiful table runners.  Did I tell you there were 563 of them?  Oh, yeah.  I exaggerate.

Groom’s cake.  Double yum.  I had some of both.  And they were as delicious as they were beautiful.

And what’s a Texas wedding without Texas barbecue?  Beef, chicken, beans, potato salad, tossed salad, Texas toast….  are you hungry yet?

Have you eaten yet?  Well, if you weren’t hungry before, you are now!

Remember this picture the other day of the necklace that the Bride carried on her bouquet?

I thought you might like to see how it was attached to the ribbon on the flowers.  Even if this picture was a bit blurry.  Photographer error.  Because I don’t think the flowers moved.

Yesterday Karen brought a book to our quilting Bee day with the story of the necklace.  It is quite a fascinating story!  Here is the cover page in the book:

And the Table of Contents:

The necklace was given to a young girl on her 12th birthday in 1904.  It was given to her by her father.  She gave it to her sister to wear on her wedding day as “something borrowed” in 1927.  The tradition continued with other siblings on their wedding days.  And now this Bride in 2010 is among the 4th generation to wear the necklace on her wedding day.  Her mother wore it on her day in 1983.  The book has pictures of each wedding.  And now Kristell and Karen can be added to the “Mothers & Daughters Who Wore the Necklace” on page 19.  And the tradition has gone on to include anniversaries too.  Karen wore it again on her 25th anniversary.  What a fabulous legacy!

The Father of the Bride gave a very moving toast to the newlyweds.  It was very emotional for the Bride.  And for everyone else in the crowd!

The happy couple danced.  Their first dance as husband and wife.

And the proud Papa danced with the Bride.  And they shared some private moments together.

And I took a million pictures of them.  Oops!  There goes that exaggeration thing again.  But I did take a lot.  The looks on both of their faces were just priceless.

And then I took a million more of the Mother & Father of the Bride as they danced.  Because Karen is my good buddy and she thinks she doesn’t photograph well.  But she looked great in every picture I took.  Maybe there’s something about being Mother of the Bride that made her glow.  Shall we do it again with Jackie, Karen?  I know, I know.  Don’t rush it…..

Don’t they look like they are having fun?  That’s because they haven’t received the bill yet.

May God shower the new Hodges family with blessings upon blessings.  And may their beautiful wedding day forever be a special memory in their hearts.

Be blessed Chris & Kristell,

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6 Responses to Boots, Barbecue and Blessings

  1. Lani says:

    Oh Barb, what beautiful pics! I have tears of joy just looking at all those proud, happy faces. Maybe Karen or Kristell can help plan more Texas weddings because that was spectacular!! That’s definitely one for the memory books!

  2. Susan Bancroft says:

    Gosh, Karen, you could have planned Brooke’s wedding, TOO!! I want to start all over and plan a TEXAS wedding! What a wonderful story and tradition about the necklace! Once again, I was almost blubbering (with Brooke getting married in 5 weeks, I am a bit limp emotionally)…I was thinking how adorable the bride and groom’s faces were when they looked at each other (as well as father and daughter) and how absolutely amazing Karen looked (and how I wanted those boots), and then I’m looking at Karen’s face looking lovingly at her husband, and my eyes are welling up some more…and then I read: “Don’t they look like they are having fun? That’s because they haven’t received the bill yet.” I just BURST out laughing! Barb, that was SO funny!! What a wonderful, fun and happy blog! God bless this marriage…and Barb, you, too, are a blessing! 🙂

  3. Judy Terry Linn says:

    Blessings, upon blessings to the bride and groom!

  4. Pamela Barr says:

    Beautifully done Barb! But… Jackie is not allowed to get married for YEARS ! (Selfishness on my part…. I miss my friend Karen!) Of course if Jackie gets married soon we could go back into the table runner business together again, making another 563 or more runners.

  5. Carol Parker says:

    This could be a very boring page w/o “Just Sayin Sew blog!!!

  6. Linda Mellick says:

    We couldn’t come… I am a cousin and one who wore the necklace. This was such a cute and thoughtful way to preserve the moment, so special in fact, that I feel as though I had been there. The faces, the boots, all priceless and captured forever. Thank you for presenting the magic for the rest of us.
    Long life and happiness to all who enter here, with prayers and hope for a perfect future for our Bride and Groom.
    Oh, and Jim and Karen, WHEW!

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