Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Beach Wedding

The wedding of Stephanie and Jason this weekend was so fun. We were so glad we made it a family adventure! For those of you who love a good love story, I have to tell you Stephanie and Jason's, in a nutshell, as told to me by my Uncle Bob, her father. Stephanie had planned a trip to ski at Jackson Hole WY with a friend. But the friend backed out. Stephanie was so disappointed because skiing at Jackson Hole had been a dream of hers for awhile. When her dad heard what happened, he urged her to go and just fulfill the dream, even if she had to do it alone. Surprisingly, she took his advice and went on with her plans. One night she decided she couldn't bear to eat alone in her hotel room, so she ventured down to the hotel restaurant to eat. A young man sat down near her and for the longest time, neither one of them spoke. Finally, he mustered up the courage to ask her,"Are you from around here?" Turns out he was working for the ski season at the resort. The two ended up talking that night and, eventually, falling in love. As I watched this wedding, I was reminded again of how sometimes those risks we take in life pay off in the most surprising ways.

A beautiful, empty beach awaited the ceremony

I loved her choice of hydrangeas and cream colored roses for her flowers-- they went so beautifully with the colors of the beach

These clever melon swans were too cute!

The wedding was all "green" in theme, complete with all biodegradable, natural products. The cups were made out of corn products and guaranteed to disintegrate in 60 days! This cake went with their wedding invitations and included many personal references to the couple mixed in with the woodland decorations. Oh, and it featured a vanilla layer with chocolate filling, a chocolate layer with vanilla filling, and a carrot cake layer with creme cheese filling. Yum!

Her "aisle" was the steps leading down onto the beach. Here she is with her dad, my uncle Bob.

The ringbearer was their trusty dog Barley. (The rings were tied onto his collar.)

Stephanie and Jason saying their vows. There is no prettier setting, I think, to have as your backdrop than the ocean itself.

Curt struggled a bit when he watched Bob give Stephanie away...
that hit a little too close to home!
My girls-- the younger two above, and the oldest posing with Stephanie. Did I mention how cold it was on that beach? Hence Steph's sweater and my daughter's North Face!

The happy couple's first dance.
Congratulations Jason and Stephanie!
You have a beautiful love story and a bright future ahead of you!

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Bonita said...

That is perhaps that most creative and beautiful wedding I've ever seen or heard about. Everything you posted was so totally unique. Love it! And the love story itself was both beautiful and a great life lesson. Thanks so much for sharing Jason and Stephanie's special day. I hope their marriage is as uniquely wonderful as their wedding.

The Trendy Couple said...

These pics are awesome!! Thanks for sharing them.

Arlene said...

No church could be more beautiful than God's natural setting. So glad you didn't get rained on! The skies look so blue. Even if it was a bit on the cold side it looks like the beach was the perfect location.

God bless.

Lynda said...

Thank you MaryBeth for the wonderful tribute to a fabulous weekend for our son and new daughter!! They have many years of blessings ahead! Lynda Specht