It is just wedding season at this point. Josh's brother, Jake got married recently. Jake and Jenn came to visit us in Australia two Decembers ago. They had recently gotten back together, and I guess going overseas with someone helps you know, "they are the one." Quickly after they got back to America from their visit, Jake, "put a ring on it." I met Josh through meeting Jake at church group called the "Tweeners" (worst name ever). We were in between college and getting married, and if we didn't stick out enough, they called us a funny name. HA! So Jake and I have always been pretty close.
Josh and I really didn't want to miss the wedding, but we couldn't miss work. So Josh tried to fly out Thursday evening, but Atlanta airport had a different plan. He ended up flying out Friday morning first flight of the day, and I flew out Friday evening last flight of the day.
MayLynn, Josh's mom and I woke up Saturday morning and headed to a "girls day" We started the day with Mani and Pedi with Josh's aunt, mom, and cousins. Josh brought us breakfast at the salon, true girl time, food and pampering. I had so much fun hanging out with cousins I had never met before. After mani and pedi, we headed to get MayLynn's hair done and makeup. She had the full day of pampering. We had to do something with her hair, she doesn't have curly hair, and I had no clue what to do with it in the humidity. There was 100% it was going to rain at some point in the wedding time, and I knew she wanted to look good for pictures. Being cheap I mean frugal me, I found a walk-in salon and got her an updo for only $14.00. At first, she was not too sure about everything, but with a little convincing she ended up loving it and looked beautiful.
The wedding was at a cute outdoor wedding venue in Little Rock. It really was a great place where they have all the cutesy wedding stuff already laid out. They had two weddings the weekend they got married. Weddings are what they do, and weddings are what they are prepared for. They have everything down to a T. Fireworks, swans, carriage ride, old truck for the groom to come in on, and an old car to leave in. They pay attention to every detail for sure.
Since I had free time while they were taking pictures before the wedding, I had SO much fun playing with my nieces. I am really sad to say, the smaller one, I had not seen since the day she was born, and the bigger one, I had not seen since she was her little sister's age. When we lived in Conway I would curl her hair and paint her nails when she came over. This weekend made me really realize how we are really missing out on so much family time.
The ceremony was so personal. I loved how the boy's preacher from growing up did the ceremony. He made it so personal and meaningful. He, of course, read 1 cor. 13, but he added a bible verse I had never heard at a wedding. Numbers 12. It was so sweet. Jake and Jeremy (Josh's brothers) rode in the back of an old truck. Jenn came in on a horse-drawn carriage, and both of them rode around the pond and made a grand entrance, before walking down the isle. After everyone made it down the isle, the vows were pretty quick, followed by releasing two doves to represent them and a flock to represent all the people who have and will continue to support them. As soon as the ceremony was finished they had a total of about 20 minutes to take ALL the pictures with Jenn and Jake in them. They were traditional and waited to see each other, so it was a scramble to beat the rain. The rain held off just as they ran under the barn at the reception. It poured for a quick bit but mostly held off until we all left. There were huge amounts of rain and flooding that night. I am so glad it held off for their beautiful ceremony.
I stole all of the ceremony pictures from Facebook. I was in the back and didn't have a good way to take pictures.
I so wished I would have had my good camera while Josh and his brother were talking. Jeremy is truly the glue that holds the family together. After Josh's father passed away this year, Jeremy is the man of the family. He is such a rock to everyone and has no clue how much his brothers look up to him. Josh takes his advice and words more to heart than anyone in the world.