Photo Friday – My World

Wow, I have so many photos that depict my world it was a tough choice. But when it comes right down to it “My World” is my daughter. After almost losing her twice, ten years apart from cardiac arrests I was so happy for her to not only be alive but to be marrying the man she so loved.

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Happy one year anniversary Tara & Kelly

One year ago today Tara and Kelly got married. It was a great wedding with family and close friends.

I said that I would keep my Mother of the bride corsage for one year and then throw it out. So I did that this morning. Every time for the last year when I opened the fridge I saw the corsage and it reminded me of how happy I was to see Tara and Kelly get married.

 

Here’s the corsage on TnK’s wedding day.

 

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Here’s what it looked like one year later.

 

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The traditional one year anniversary gift is paper so I thought that a photo collage was an appropriate gift for TnK.

 

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Happy six month wedding anniversary TnK

It was six months ago today that Tara and Kelly got married. It was a beautiful wedding. I still have the rose corsage that I wore on TnK’s wedding day in my refrigerator. I plan on keeping it until at least their one year anniversary. It makes me happy to see this corsage every time I open the fridge.

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Rene’s fabulous photos from Tara and Kelly wedding

I thought that I was finished blogging about Tara and Kelly’s wedding last Saturday but I had to share these photos. These are just a few of the proof photos taken by Rene at the wedding. Rene did an absolutely amazing job! Tara is Rene’s supervisor at the credit union. Rene is building her portfolio so that she can take on some professional photo jobs. She would not let Tara pay her so we slipped some money into her purse.

I just learned how to post photos from Flickr to my blog. There must be away to post multiple photos to the same blog post but I did them individually then saved the photos to my computer an uploaded them to one blog post. All photos originally uploaded by Just Plain Ne’ http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluemoods/

Tara said she thanked Rene for taking the most beautiful photo ever of her best friend Cindy.

One more wedding post – the ceremony

Introduction
Address – commitment address
Prayer
Declaration of concent
Vows
Exchange of rings
Pronouncement of marriage
Final words

Tara & Kelly’s Wedding

Please, everyone can take a seat.

I am highly honored today to marry two of the most important people in the world to me and my best friends, Kelly and Tara.

Welcome family and friends in gathering today for this wonderful day to celebrate the marriage of Kelly and Tara.

Marriage is the promise of hope between two people who love each other. Who trust in that love, and honor one another as individuals in their togetherness and who wish to share their future together.

Marriage enables two separate people to share their desires, longings, dreams, memories, their joy and laughter, and help each other through their uncertainties. It provides the encouragement to risk more and thus to gain more. In marriage, husband and wife belong together, to provide mutual support and stability in which they will grow their love.
We have come together to witness the promise of Kelly and Tara in marriage, to share with them in their happiness and hope for the future.

Please join me in a prayer for Kelly and Tara:
Bless this marriage, as Kelly and Tara begin their journey down the road of life together. We don’t know what lies ahead for the road turns and bends. But help them to make the best of whatever comes their way.

Help them to hug each other often, talk and laugh a lot.Help them to continue to enjoy each other as they did when they first met.Help them to realize that nothing nor no one is perfect and to look for the good in all things and all people including themselves.Help them to respect each other’s likes and dislikes, opinion and beliefs, hopes and dreams and fears.Help them to learn from each other and to help each other grow together emotionally, and spiritually.

Help them to realize that there is design and purpose in their lives as in the world, and if they will hold onto each other, they will know that things have a way of working out for the best.Help them to create a stable home of love as a foundation on which they can build their lives.But most of all, dear God, help them to keep lit the torch of love’ that they now share in their hearts so that it will continue day by day and year by year. Amen
Ok, now on with the getting married stuff!!

Kelly and Tara please take hands and face each other.
Kelly do you take Tara to be your wife, to honor and cherish her, to help and support her, to understand and comfort her for this day forth, please say I do.
Kelly repeat after me – Before the presence of family and friends, I Kelly, choose to be your husband. Day by Day, I promise to love you and to honor you, to treasure you and to respect you, to walk with you side by side, in joy and in sorrow. Day by day, I promise to hold you in my arms, to laugh with you, to cry with you and to just be with you. This I promise you Tara – I will love you with all that I am and all I can ever be, today and for all the days of my life.

Tara do you take Kelly to be your husband, to honor and cherish him, to help and support him, to understand and comfort him, for this day forth, please say I do.
Tara repeat after me – Before the presense of family and friends, I Tara, choose to be your wife. Day by Day, I promise to love you and to honor you, to treasure and and to respect you, to walk with you side by side, in joy and in sorrow. Day by day, I promise to hold you in my arms, to laugh with you and to just be with you. This I promise you Kelly – I will love you with all that I am and all I can ever be, today and for all the days of my life.

The bride and groom will share three cups of sake in a gestur called San San Kudo or the way of three, three, nine times. Since three is an indivisible number it is concidered a sacred number in Buddhism. Three sips from three cups equals nine and means triple happiness for the future. This symbolized not only the uniting of two people but also the uniting of two families. The graduated size of the cup from small to large shows the love and wisdom and happiness in the marriage to grow and deepen over time.

Exchanging of rings have served as a reminder that the circle of love has no end. So with these rings that they have picked for each other, let’s finally get them on their fingers, so I can get my friends married.

Ok, Kelly please give me the rings. PANIC!!! Kelly is one of my best friends and I know him to well and I am not trusting him with the rings. Sorry Kelly, just kidding. WINK WINK

Kelly to Tara, Kelly repeat after me – with this ring, I give you my undying love and commitment, and pledge you my heart and my life. This ring is a promise to you and remind you I am honored to be your husband. Please look at this ring daily and remember that I could love know one more than you.

Tara to Kelly – Tara repeat after me – with this ring, I give you my undying love and commitment, and pledge you my heart and my life. This ring s a promise to you and remind you I am honored to be your wife. Please look at this ring daily and remember that I could love know one more than you.

Kelly and Tara are very proud and honored that their friends and family are here today and are willing to support them, and to be apart of their daily growth in love and marriage. They thank you all for our committement to them now and in the future.
OK, the moment we all have been waiting for, or at least Kelly has, the Kiss. Kelly you may kiss your beautiful bride.

I am so very proud to annouce Kelly and Tara, husband and wife.

Just reading this makes me cry.

Practicing the “sake ceremony”.

The sake ceremony during the wedding

Taking photos afterwards

The rings and sake bowls

The sake bottle,well kind of

Rob showing TnK how he wants them to pose for the next photo

Friends and family made the wedding perfect for Tara and Kelly

Tara is Rene’s supervisor at the credit union. Rene is building her portfolio so that she can take on some professional photo jobs. She would not let Tara pay her so we slipped some money into her purse. Rene took a ton of photos and I can’t wait to see them.

Cindy, Tara and Kim. Cindy and Tara have been best friends for twenty-two years. Cindy gave a toast and that made many of us cry.

Cousin Erika, Cindy, Tara and Kim. Erika was pretty much in charge of creating all of the crafty stuff. She and her mother sewed fifty chair covers. Erika and her husband Alan made the arch that the ceremony took place under.

Tara with my sister Debi whose yard the wedding took place in. Debi loves to entertain and be in charge so she was in her element that day.

Kim and Rob are very good friends of Tara and Kelly’s. Two years ago when they got married TnK were their witnesses. Kim wrote the vows and did an excellent job even though a couple of times she started to cry while reading them. Rob was in charge of the music and video camera.

I would be a really bad mother or grandmother if I didn’t post a photo of TnK’s gurlz. Cindy walked down the aisle with them and then they had to give love to TnK when the ceremony was over.

The wedding – part 2

Cindy, Tara and I did an excellent job designing the cake. OK, the cake lady helped too. A very simple yet elegant cake. Top layer strawberry champagne, 2nd layer chocolate with chocolate cream filling, 3rd layer yellow cake with a cream cheese filling.

The bride and groom were having an excellant time at their wedding. I love this photo of Tara. She is having so much fun!

And here you can see why! Kathy and Jack causing Tara to laugh hysterically.

I really do not know what was making Tara laugh so hard here. The photographer was a woman who works for her. Rene said it was the only time she could boss her supervisor around.

The toast

Oh, oh, I see mischief brewing here.

Yep! I told you!


Tara said she had to go inside to wash her face because she had frosting up her nose.

Kelly with his man boobs,the form from Tara’s dress.

Whose are bigger?

Tara, her aunt Dee-Dee and cousin Allie who both helped so much getting ready the day of the wedding.

The wedding day was perfect. Pretty much my entire family attended and everyone got along. That’s not always the case with a big family like mine. Tara has a special place in all of my family member’s hearts after not one but two cardiac arrest and near death incidents.

The only screeching that happened was when I saw my 21 nephew Max taking a bottle of champagne to their table. It was opened and I yelled across the entire yard at him about not drinking the champagne because it was for the toast. He said ‘it was opened and it was a wedding so what the hell?” I sent one of my sisters over to take the champagne out of the ice tubs until we were ready for the toasts. I had to talk Tara into buying champagne to start with because she doesn’t like it. I told her we needed to buy a few bottles for the toast so she agreed. The only other incident was when my sister Pam who was quite toasted tried to cut through the heavy cardboard separating the cake layers. I guess she destroyed the cake and bent the heck out of my niece’s wedding cake knife. Tara’s friend Cindy told Pam to let her cut the cake. Cindy tried to cut one slice and the blade broke off from the handle. Pam blamed Cindy for breaking the knife. But we survived Tara and Kelly’s day with no major issues.

Tara told me again today how much she loved the wedding and that she had so much fun. A bride should enjoy the special day and laugh a lot.

In an email from one of my friends after she viewed the wedding photos “a couple of my favorites are 57 and 71…even though Elva was in the family photo it is great of all of you. and the other one with Tara laughing is wonderful. What shines through to me is that Tara was having a hoot at her own wedding and that doesn’t happen all the time. I’m happy for them.”