Wedding recap

It’s already Wednesday and I’m just now sitting down to the computer for the first time since the wedding – unless you count the 10 minutes it took me to write yesterday’s pregnancy update.  I don’t count that, because I plan to spend much, much longer telling you about the wedding.  🙂

For today, I’ll just pull some of the cellphone photos that have been shared on Facebook.  The “real” ones are in editing, but I don’t know when they’ll be ready.

The happy bride and groom, after the ceremony.  I love this pic so much, can you blame me for beginning with the end?

Dad with Bethany, all ready for her second-ever performance as flower girl.  She was so excited, and not a bit nervous!

Do they?  They do!

The big smooch.  I think we were all counting the seconds until somebody came up for breath.  Ewwwww!

Taking family photos after the ceremony.  Please ignore most of the bare feet.  While there was some planned barefootedness in the wedding party, most of the bare feet you see here happened after the ceremony, when all my redneck children shucked their shoes.

The wedding party.  Perry’s youngest sister was Deanna’s maid of honor – Abigail is just Deanna’s age, and the two of them cut a deal when they were little kids together, promising to be each other’s maid of honor.  Abigail is also a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, which is totally unrelated but too cool not to mention. Tyler’s brother Caleb was his best man.  Deanna is making her bossy face, and PerryBoy is making his Calvin face.

A few details: This was a simple country wedding in an old stone chapel, so pew decorations were simple: a red carnation and some baby’s breath, tied with tulle and hung with ribbon.

At the reception afterwards, we all enjoyed a good meal and lots of dancing.  I heard from several people that it was a perfect balance of fun and formal – much nicer than a simple fellowship meal, but not at all stuffy or boring.  I hope to have more photos of the reception soon.  The cake table was done by Tyler’s aunt with lots of help from his mom, and it was gorgeous!

In addition to regular seating, we also had 5 smaller tables for the young children.  They were covered with paper and supplied with crayons, colorful pipe cleaners, and big bowls of chocolate animal crackers.  I think it was a great hit!

For now, the photo below is all I could find of the reception.  Parker danced with his favorite partner, little Jael.  They danced together at a wedding last December too.

Next: Wedding Q&A.  The post is ready, but I hope to add some photos, so look for it Friday.  🙂


  1. Shannon Mallory says:

    Oh my!!! Everyone looks so great! I know y’all had such a wonderful time!

    I am so tickled at your photos… I had no idea that we know the same people. Please tell the Hoekstras that the Mallory 2s in Florida said hello!!! 😉


  2. Congratulations! Looks like a wonderful way to begin a marriage.

  3. Beautiful. It’s too late for this go-round, but I just saw this on Pinterest. Might be helpful in the future.

  4. Wow! One daughter grown and gone and another child on the way. What an exciting time of life for you all! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Lots of fun! Congratulations to the happy couple! And they are off on their new adventure!

  6. Congratulations! Yeah!

  7. Congratulations to the happy new couple! It looks like it was a pretty affair, I love the more simple weddings versus the over done big budget ones!

  8. Is that square dancing? Or contra dancing? Either way – that is awesome. We had contra dancing at our reception, and everyone had a wonderful time, but every other wedding I’ve ever been to had the typical modern pop music and slow dancing, electric slide, etc. So nice to see someone else do it our way. 🙂

    • They were doing the Virginia Reel in that photo, so I guess that falls under contra dancing? They did several other reels, some waltzes, and a few others. Our church and many of our friends love that sort of dancing, so it was a lot of fun. Perry and I even danced a set!

  9. Susan Tyner says:


    Such a beautiful day for your family! The older I get, the younger everyone looks. My first reaction upon seeing the lovely pictures was that the bride and groom could not possibly be old enough to tie the knot (of course I know that they are!) What a wonderful time of life for the happy couple.

    By the way, I’m totally in sympathy with your “red-neck”, shoe-shucking children!

    Best Wishes from Mrs. T.

  10. I totally agree with everyone else–what a lovely, beautiful wedding–and one our family would have been totally comfortable in/with. May the Lord richly bless the new couple in their married lives!

    I’ve got some questions, too! Can you stand/take anymore?

  11. Beautiful, beautiful, bride, ceremony, family… the whole thing! Many congratulations!!

  12. Lovely to see pictures of the happy day!

  13. I love how the wedding suits the couple and the families. Beautiful.

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