That sounds ominous. My brother’s wasn’t THE LAST wedding EVER. In fact, we’ll be attending the wedding of a good friend next month, and I’m crossing my fingers that I can figure out a way to get to my cousin’s wedding in November. So yeah…other people can still get married.
It’s just that all of our siblings have now tied the knot. Assuming nothing tragic happens in the next 20 years or so (knock on wood!) nobody in our immediate family will be getting married for a while. The next round of weddings will be our children and their cousins, which is terrifying because two thirds of my kids still don’t even know how to wipe their own bums, let alone live independently with another human being.
Point is: David and I have as many siblings and siblings-in-law as we will ever have.
I wonder if this is how it feels when you know you’re done having kids. Like, our family is complete so let’s move on to the next chapter. It’s a little weird, but I can’t say I don’t like it.
After all, I’ve gotten some pretty great siblings out of all these marriages.
Everyone is anxiously awaiting professional photos, because the whole day was pretty dang beautiful. Having a gaggle of girl cousins in fluffy dresses certainly helped with that.
They were sealed in the Salt Lake City LDS temple (read more about sealings here) and had a ring ceremony that evening before the reception. In between, we took pictures by the temple…but since it was noon and there was a wait to use certain photo op spots, we had to improvise some lunch to keep the troops as happy as possible. David grabbed four dozen Lion House rolls to go and saved the day! (Or at least kept the little ones and their hangry mamas pacified!)
The venue for the reception was so beautiful.
The girls pretty much had free rein of the place (under parental supervision, of course) plus a handful of bridesmaids and older cousins who were happy to play with them.
The mobile photo booth was probably the biggest hit of the night. And whoever came up with the idea is a GENIUS.
I kind of want one. Like…a lot.
Anyway, I loved seeing so much of my family. Siblings, nieces and nephews, cousins, grandparents…who whole kit and caboodle on both sides. I only wish we could have all spent more time together.
I also wish I had more images of the bride and groom to share with you! Wouldn’t it be lovely to wrap up Marriage Month with visions of gorgeous newlyweds? Alas. I posted a phone pic of the happy couple on Instagram last week, and you can find the only shot of them I got with my “real” camera in this post.
Still, perhaps this is a better way to end the month. After all, weddings–and marriages–aren’t just about the couple in question. It’s about bringing two lives together, with all their friends and families and histories and everything, and making something new and wonderful.
And while I’m so glad my little brother has found his lobster, and they truly were beautiful together, I’m well past that newlywed phase. I need more mature relationship goals.
Yup. Nailed it.