The kitchen was buzzing with happy activity. I’ve seen nervous activity before and this was definitely different. The bride and her bridesmaids – all friends and family – were gathered around the table. The last touches of beautiful styling were being applied. The brothers were off with the groom, except “Flat Phil” (more on that in a moment). It was just the ladies and I, and it was going to be a wonderful day.
There was a lot to love about Monica and Chris’ wedding. First, no one was left out. All the sisters and brothers were in the wedding party. Even cousins and friends were included. This brings us to “Flat Phil”. Monica’s real brother, Phil, is serving over seas. To ensure he was included, they made a special Skype call to him in the morning. He got a chance to see his sister in her wedding dress and share some encouraging words. For the rest of the day, Phil’s role was filled by “Flat Phil”, a cardboard stand-in (too many Phil/fills in one sentence?). I just couldn’t get enough of Phil. He kept popping up all over, but he was no real substitute.
The colors were to die for. Hot pinks and bright oranges. The bouquets featured bright orange Gerber daisies, which are my all time favorite. I used to grow Gerber daisies for my wife when we were still just dating. Hot pinks and oranges may not sound like a good match, but they certainly work together. I have seen the combination before and it always looks stellar.
Lastly – a new experience. Monica’s grandmother contributed a special kind of excitement. She prayed for Monica and Chris before the ceremony. She gave the blessing at dinner. Then, and I am not kidding here, she danced her heart out all night long. I think Monica’s grandmother had more stamina than I. Where does she get it from?!?
Below are just a few photographic highlights to share -
Above, some finishing touches. Below, the perfect additional to some gorgeous shoes.
A touching moment above as the grandparents pray for the new couple. Apparently, this is tradition.
Monica and Chris memorized their vows verbatim. It was a really special added touch that made their wedding that much more unique.
Time for the big exit, lead by a burly piper.
Also unique and oh so awesome – Monica and Chris put on a show for their first dance, and the parents dances were for all mother-sons and father-daughters.
Above – Monica and her sister with their father at the end of a shared dance. Below – grandmother burning up the dance floor. Yes, that is her jacket!
It is so unbelievably awesome that everyone took to the dance floor for open dancing, especially the grandparents. It’s something I have never seen before. For Monica and Chris, I hope you’re enjoying Montana. For everyone else, check back soon. We have many more weddings set to go.