Sunday, November 13, 2022

Sarah & Kory's Wedding & Weekend Celebrations Recap

I've said it before, I'll say it again...family weddings are just so fun and sweet, and my sis in law Sarah's was no exception! It was the perfect weather for Kansas for August-literally a dream day of not too hot, not too cold. All of our extended family (Maxwells) were there along with a lovely crowd of family and friends. 

Sarah and Kory met online earlier in the year and they are perfect for each other. We were all so happy for them both!

Speaking of meeting online, and since I'm writing this post anyways, let me give my single readers my unsolicited opinion here on online dating. =) That is this: God uses MANY different avenues to bring people together! The "husband delivered to your doorstep all wrapped up in a silver bow" concept that many people adhere to is neither biblical nor is it real life. =) It is so important to follow what God has for you individually and be willing to be brave in that no matter what the avenue may be! I'm super proud of Sarah for stepping out of her comfort zone and be open to meeting someone online! 
Things kicked off with the bachelorette party on Thursday night. The bride & bridesmaids all went and got our nails done and then stayed at the cutest little vrbo that I had found! We consumed large amounts of pizza and snacks and coffee and had the best time. 
Believe it or not it was my first time getting my nails done at a salon. (remember, my roots are farmer girl. Nails are just not my top priority typically!) It was a fun experience though and I enjoyed it!
Getting ready, wedding morning!
The bridal party

*The wedding photographer was Brittany Tarchala of Silverdoves Photography, and she did an incredible job! She kept everything moving right along on schedule and did fabulous working with the bridal party and the huge families on both sides! The pictures she got are beautiful! (all of the professional wedding pictures in this post are courtesy of her.) 
Sarah picked this beautiful Azazie Hadley dress in Amethyst for the bridesmaids, and we all got to pick our own shoes. (I ended up getting these sandals which were comfy, cheap, a little sparkly, but also practical for wearing again)
Got a quick shot of our little family!
The boys shirts were their Carters brand Easter shirts from earlier this year, that I bought last year on Kohls clearance for them. I got their matching shorts from Children's Place at the beginning of the summer. (they are on major clearance now!) Elliot is wearing thrifted Sperry's that Axton used to wear, and Axton is wearing thrifted Converse. Madeline's dress is Old Navy brand, thrifted, and her hair bow is from this set that she wears all the time! It was really fun to put their outfits together with stuff that I already had on hand. It doesn't always work that way but it is fun when it does. =)
When I see this picture I think "wow we have a lot of babies." =) 
This part of the ceremony was pretty cute. =)

Also cute was Axton's reaction when I walked in. He reached out into the aisle and said "mama!!" 
Melted my heart!
All the Maxwell grandkids with Sarah and Kory!
I love this sibling shot!
My mini me!! We keep hearing more and more that she looks like me. I was so sure she was going to be John's little look alike and I still think she looks more like his and Axton's baby pictures, but maybe she will be the kid that looks like the perfect mix, haha! (Axton looks so much like John and Elliot so much like me)
The dessert reception was lovely! The ladies from Sarah's church went all out with the details and poured a ton of time, effort, and love into making everything so beautiful AND delicious!
Elliot and Axton were all into this wedding. Axton kept saying, ahead of time, "after they get married, then we will call him UNCLE Kory!" =) 
Some of you might remember me talking about my friend Laura who photographed John's and my wedding! Her and Sarah met at our wedding and have stayed in touch since. She gave Sarah lots of advice on navigating online dating, since Laura and her husband met online as well! It was so neat to see both couples together at the wedding!
Our nieces were such a huge help with Madeline (and the boys) on wedding day!
Everyone let off the reception balloons for the sendoff!
That Saturday evening after the wedding, we invited out of town wedding family and friends to come over to our home to hang out. We ordered in pizza and had a very laid back, chill party unwinding and relaxing. It was a perfect time to connect with people over food and games! 
We also enjoyed a "wedding food leftovers" party at my in laws a few days after the wedding. 
Here, Maddy loved hanging out with great aunt Tami!
She also just loved the party time in general. =)
It was super special getting to host out of town friends who came for the wedding. Here we are (some of us!) headed to church Sunday morning!
So thankful for such a sweet sis in law and friend. It was an honor to stand with her in her wedding! 
The whole day was truly a celebration and answer to prayers. 
 I'll end with a picture of our whole Maxwell tribe! It was so lovely to have a family wedding again and all join together in celebrating Sarah and Kory.

And that's my little recap on their wedding. Hope y'all enjoyed this post! Have a wonderful week!
-Chels

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36 comments:

  1. How fun and beautiful! Can we just talk about how bridesmaid dresses are so much cuter now! I only got married 9 years ago, but I feel like even then it was so hard to find something that was cute and classy - now it seems like there are so many options out there! I love the sleeves on yours especially!

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    1. There are definitely tons of lovely options available in so many colors and styles!!

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  2. So true about following what God has for you when meeting someone!! My husband and I met through sisters. One sister lived in my state and knew me. The other lived in my husband's state and knew him. We'll be celebrating 16 years of marriage next month.

    So very happy for Sarah's marriage! Thanks for sharing pictures of their special day.

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    1. That's so neat to hear your story, Diana! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Chelsey - What a beautiful recap of the wedding! Sarah is just so happy. I hope she and Kory are blessed with many many years of joy & happiness together. Shifting gears: I just love all your “deals” on the kids clothing. I just love a good find at an excellent price. Have a wonderful thanks with your family! Best - Catherine

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the post! And it is also fun to hear that others enjoy the clothing deal ideas. =)
      Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

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  4. Your children are so beautiful. Your daughter looks exactly like you. Sarah is absolutely glowing!

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    1. Aww Thankyou! I think they are pretty cute myself. :)
      And yes, Sarah was a radiant bride!

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  5. What a beautiful day! I love reading details of weddings. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  6. I am so happy for Sarah! May God bless their marriageđź’•

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  7. Chelsy, you look fantastic! How is your health?
    Congrats to Sarah and Kory! Woohoo for them.

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    1. Thankyou for your comment, Carolyn! My health is great for the time being and I am very thankful!!

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  8. Congratulations to them both! Such lovely photos from their special day. Which website did they meet on? Would love to pass along some recommendations to single friends of mine looking for a godly partner in Christ. Thanks!

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    1. There are a lot of sites available to try, from what I've heard!
      I shared that they met online because that is an amazing part of their story. Hopefully their story encourages people to think outside the box, not be a recipe in finding a spouse. I hope singles reading this post are encouraged to have an open mind! =)

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  9. Did they meet on a certain website? And if so what is it's name? I'm interested to look into Godly websites as possibilities (with my parents oversight as always).

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  10. Thank you for sharing! What a blessing and encourager you have been in Sarah's life! I love the bond you have built with her and the happiness that now radiates from her is nearly palpable!

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  11. Oh my! THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this, Chelsy! So, so happy for Sarah! Been praying for the Lord to bring her a man of her own.

    The colors are beautiful. I wish I could've been there. Appreciate you posting your recap.

    How are you doing?

    This passed year has been a WHIRLWIND of activities for us!

    Love, Rebecca

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    1. Thankyou Rebecca!!It was truly a beautiful day!
      I am doing great, thanks! ❤️
      I do remember your cousin Leona. I am so sorry for her loss. I cannot imagine. I prayed for her and her children just now! ❤️
      Hope you are well!

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  12. Our sweet cousin Leona met her husband Jeremy Windle online too. She'd dated other guys before, but they were truly in love. He was such a good husband to her. He passed away from COVID just his January, leaving behind Leona and three young children, two with special needs.

    It still feels surreal! I mean, Jeremy and Leona were always together and they adored their kids, and they pulled together so hard as man and wife. Still can't believe he's gone. You could see that yes, indeed, it was the Lord who brought them together. As long as the Lord has your heart and you listen to Him, He can use so many ways even 'wordly' ways. If He's at the center, it will be good.

    If you think of Leona, please say a prayer for her.

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  13. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing! I had my nails done for the first time for my sister's wedding. Maddy is getting so big, and all the children are darling. Congratulations to your family!
    Oh and I agree with the earlier poster who remarked about how cute bridesmaid dress have gotten! I got married almost 15 years ago and there just weren't as many good options as there are nowadays. I really like the ones Sarah chose!

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    1. She did a great job choosing them and planning the whole wddding, for sure!

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing! I am so so happy for Sarah!

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  15. I could not be happier to see this post! So glad that Sarah found the courage to step out of her comfort zone and found what I know she's wanted for many years. Congrats to them both!

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  16. Oh, my goodness! I can't tell you how happy this makes me to see! I've followed your blog regularly over the years, Chesley, but never commented (I don't think!), and I used to read Sarah's family's blog back when she was writing it (occasionally commenting there!) and as someone with a seemingly similar personality, interests, and background it was fun to keep up with her. I'd been wondering what she was up to these days, and it makes me so very happy to see her so happy. Sarah, if perchance you see this, your fellow writer and runner Katie from California wishes you all the happiness in the world!

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    1. Katie, that is so sweet! Thanks for your comment! I'm sure Sarah will love to see it and I will make sure to tell her about it! Thanks for sharing!

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    2. Katie,
      I totally remember you!!! Thanks for the sweet comment! I'm overwhelmed with gratefulness to the Lord for Kory!

      Sarah

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  17. Love the pictures! How old are your kids?

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    1. Axton is three, Elliot is two, and Madeline is one! =)

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  18. What an amazing post!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!
    I've following the Maxwell family blog for over the last 10 years and also your blog for over the last 4 years, so it's very exciting to see all the pictures and news that you share.
    Your example is super encouraging to me and thanks for taking the time to share it with us.
    Blessings all the way from Mexico City

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  19. Congratulations. We were married 56 years ago in MO on August 20. It was very warm with no air conditioning. May your marriage be as happy as ours has been.

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