Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cousins||Weddings

This past Saturday part of my fam & I traveled to Indiana
to attend the wedding of one of my cousins.
I wasn't the photographer, but I did take many pictures.
It was SO beautiful-how could I NOT?
I'm thinking I can safely say that the day could not have been more
 perfect if it had been pre-ordered.
Not too hot, not too cold, no rain...just beautiful sun filtering in amongst the trees.
The reception was the MOST beautiful one I've ever been to.
All in all it was just an amazing evening and so lovely.
{and all the cousins that were there were just an added bonus of wonderfulness!}
My uncle (who is an amazing guitarist) provided the prelude music on his guitar.
I loved the organic, simple sound of solo guitar picking wafting through the woods.
The little people were just charming.
love the carriage idea
check out those eyes!
the little curly haired heart-throbber kept the girls moving. 
observe the "gentle" push. =)
groomsmen
some of the bridesmaids
my uncle wrote a song and sang it to them during the ceremony.
feet washing
{I couldn't get a very clear shot from where I sat but it was so beautiful that it deserves mentioning}
Alli & I did hair for the younger cousins prior to the wedding. 
This cousin was sitting in front of me and I had to get a shot of her updo. 
So gorgeous!
My grandpa & grandma-one of the sweetest couples I know.
THE RECEPTION
I really don't know where to start and stop.
There was so much simple beauty.
The whole place was kind of like a fairyland.
the servers wore khaki & white-so simple and classy.
the tables were decorated with wildflowers, vintage cameras, old books, candles, and lace.
handsome cousins.
{cousin on the far right was the pianist for the ceremony and did a fabulous job. For the recessional he played "All of Me", by the Piano Guys, and it was SO beautiful. I could've listened forever!}
 my mom (2nd from right) with six of her eight siblings.
{we greatly missed the sister and brother that weren't there}
Alli & I w/ two of our cousins
part of the bridal party
I hadn't been to a wedding in ages where they actually smeared fed the cake the "right way". 
They did. =)
My cousins (brothers of the bride) sang this hilarious song for them-
something about Jason being peanut butter & Kendra being the jelly.
It was priceless. =)
the dessert was ice-cream cones
and so the evening went on with much celebrating and joy..
two of the bridesmaids wrote and sang a song
{complete with dramatic expression}
 about how Jason & Kendra met. =)
saying goodbye...
sending off chinese latterns
sister liz & cousins sending off a lattern
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Most of us (except for the guy cousins) stayed at the same house Saturday night. 
With multiple cousins, a tribe of little girls, AND a tribe of older girls, certain people who wanted to sleep had difficulty doing so. =)
The above is a little crazy..but self-timer and a-too-small-couch-for-five-people and 12:00am don't mix so well always. =)

It was the best ending to a beautiful day.
staying up late and solving life's issues.
it is rather hard to realize that two of our Stoltzfus girl cousinhood are already married.
The rest of us came to the rather startling conclusion that
since the two of the girls that now are married are our ages....
this wedding business could have the potential of a domino effect.
And that would mean that our late night cousinhood times could be coming to an end.
The decision was made that we must quickly plan a girls reunion before anyone else gets married.
So we had a grand time brainstorming location/details/times/etc/etc.
And thus the 2014 Cousinhood Bash has been born. Or something like that. =)
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Thus ended a most lovely day, full of love and life and celebrating what God had done.