i married her daddy ( gregg) in 1991. it was a rainy june evening, 11 months after he proposed. i was in nursing school, he was a teacher. i had 8 bridesmaids ( beautiful besties from high school, college, and just life), 2 junior bridesmaids & a flower girl. i remember scheduling my venue ( a local church) based on when my favorite photographer in the world ( david smith) was available. my dad escorted me as the piano played pachabel’s canon. we walked down to the fellowship hall for our reception ( heavy appetizers. no band. no dancing). i loved my cake ( designed to look like stacked boxes-a blue tiffany’s box at the top). i loved my shoes(lace up booties inspired by stevie nicks- clearly ahead of my time). i remember feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. we left for our honeymoon ( san francisco- a surprise for me) in his new car ( convertible mustang).
i married her adopted daddy ( dan. one of gregg’s best friends) in 1999. i was a widow with a part time nursing job, he was an administrator. it was glorious spring morning, 4 months after he proposed. david smith, again chosen to capture those moments. i had 3 attendants ( my daughters. savannah age 6, madison age 4 & emi age 2 1/2.) our venue was a historic home & we exchanged our vows in the garden outdoors one morning early in the spring. a string quartet played as my brother walked me down the aisle. dan took a knee & vowed to love the girls forever. dare i say, not a dry eye. i loved my cake ( displayed with hydrangeas) & right now, i can’t recall my shoes. i remember feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. we left for our honeymoon (seaside-my favorite little beach in the world).
while the memories of both of those days on the one hand seem like yesterday, on the other hand feel like a lifetime ago.
i remember feeling like i had lived a lifetime when gregg died. i was 30 but in my naivety i thought widows were more like 80. so i felt like an 80 year old in my heart with 3 baby girls. when i called my girlfriend (one of the 8 bridesmaids in my first wedding) to tell her i was marrying dan (one of gregg’s groomsmen & long time best buddies) i didn’t feel 80 anymore, but more like a giddy school girl again.
whenever i tell anyone that i have four daughters, more times than not “OH MY- FOUR weddings??!!” is the usual response. followed by a big smile from me because clearly i had no idea what “OH MY-FOUR weddings??!!” really means. and honestly, i’ve just now begun to peek into this world!
i’m absolutely thrilled & tickled for savannah as she begins to plan for her big day!! these are the days that i think as little girls we all start daring to dream about!
i’d love to walk you through these next several months with us as we plan for her big day. you guys know i’m nothing if i’m not transparent. having said that, if you’re a parent of a tween & up you know that they aren’t always thrilled with their lives being shared by their mom on social media. so. while i usually tell my story, i hope to tell part of hers with grace and with her permission.
things have changed big time since i got married. & i’ll be honest right out of the gate-the wedding industry intimidates me. weddings have become these gorgeous, jaw dropping, styled events. what’s made to look effortless is in actuality, a well planned effort by a team & usually a large crazy-talented one at that. the photography-wow- the photography is artistic and awe inspiring. i’m a newbie to this world & it’s lingo. our budget is considered average yet we’re planning a wedding in atlanta…which has become quite the wedding city…and not a lot of average is going on.
my hopes are that you see first the joy that we have welcoming trevor into our family. he’s a gift from the lord that i prayed specifically for while i was pregnant with savannah. we couldn’t be more over joyed. i hope you see & are encouraged about this stage of parenting if you’re a young mama. & if you’re sending off your first born to college, maybe some of our little tips will encourage you for what might be your next phase. i don’t have a plethora of friends planning a wedding right now, so i’ll gladly share how we’re doing what we’re doing if you’re planning one yourself.
over these next few months i’ll share my prayers and our plans, along with some highs & lows along the way. as of right now, we’ve signed no contracts & set no date. trevor is still in russia until the middle of next month. but there is much joy & excitement in our home. group texts & google searches are in full force. we are grateful & expectant!!
(for those of you on instagram, savannah’s hashtag is #savandtrev4ev & my planning hashtag is #smksbigday)
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