This day started out early since the wedding was at 11AM sharp and we had a 1/2 hour drive to get there..in
Salix, IA I mean Sloan, IA....family joke with this one..lol..
we all were very excited and ready to go...The kids look so beautiful and handsome in thier hand made outfits..Thanks Again Gayle and Sandy for helping me out here..... look at littleman (Devin's) smile ...so precious
onto the church to get the Bride ready...here she is with her Maid of Honor Darcey
oh my and look at her hair, veil and flowers with a Tiara too.
beautiful for real
(she should have been a hairdresser I tell ya)
and Little Miss Danika the Flower girl
we are ready for the walk as Danika called it..
first we have the ring bearer, Devin just wanted to give that pillow to some one...anyone that would take it...he knew his job well..lol
then the flower girl Danika being shy and beautiful with her long stem rose
then the moment...the Bride and her Father. She was so happy to be with him
I am glad they were there together, she brought a tear to my eye...ok maybe a few tears starting now...She is so Beautiful
then the ceremony begins, Look at her dress and Gabe....he is always looking at her...it is so sweet
onto the Vows. the 1, 2's and 3's of being married
Always remember them Danielle and Gabe....
and what Danika had been waiting to see....
The Kiss and the Dip...
and next comes the funny part of the wedding ...there is one at every one and you know it...When he dipped her and kissed her ,a bit of his snot dropped into her nose and she snorted it back to him...is this the new way to consemmate the marriage?...I don't know but here is the result of that exchange..
the Nose Wipe...
now to introduce the married Couple...
Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Riley
Onto the outside for some Family and Wedding Party Pics
My friend Dee took most of the pics for this wedding with all I had going on I new she would do a good job, and I finally just got to be the Mom..
Gabe and Danielle Riley
Gabe Riley (groom) Darrin Marks (best man)
Danielle Johnson-Riley (bride) and Darcey Irwin (maid of honor)
A Father and Son
A Mother and Daughter
the Riley Family as One
Ok the best part now..the reception...off we go clackers and all..
note to self next time make the strings a bit shorter..when they hit the highway ...the clackers hit the back window and about broke it...lol..
All in fun and tradition
A Soldier and his Bride,,,with family in tow
Gabe is getting deployed to Aphganistan in early August along with his best man Adam...please keep them in your prayers for saftey and a quick return to this lovely family
Gabe's mom Karen works for a sign company so she had this sign made just for them
look at the hearts that match...Thanks Karen, this also turned out lovely and the catering was right on..just what we needed to settle this day.
now...The Cake Smash Incident
she got him good
she can tuck and run well ..she almost got out of it...
not sure what happened to the toast pics will add them if I can find them
and then the happy family all settled and in relax mode for the day
love the loosened tie and barefeet....hehehe!
We had one more small ceremony we wanted to attend...might seem weird to some but for us it was perfectly natural..we headed to the Cemetary to visit my parents..Danielle's grandparents...they so wanted to see these kids grow up....since my Dad always kept my petal in his wallet..if you seen my earlier post about this...I wanted to share hers with him also...so we set free some of the special rose petals in the wind for my dad to grab one...they were gone in a flash so we know where they went...my favorite picture..
so there you have it...the short story of a wedding between my two kids.. I have known Gabe since he was about 15 or 16 and have watched him grow to be the man that married my daughter...I love him lots and respect him more...his is the father of my grand children and the man that makes my daughter happy...soon a soldier off to fight for our freedom...please keep him in your prayers.
now a fun thing just for him...his friends had a fun time at his bachlor party and gave him this as a gift..
LMAO!!!! for real...
and then my project I hope one day to be involved in....
Danika's Dream Wedding..
she is already dreaming of that day
and lastly I want to thank my special friend Dee for taking all my pictures for me and just being there as my family...I am so very blessed to have her in my life and we all love her lots..
thanks to every one who joined us this day...to Gabe's parents for helping to make this all happen.to Danielle's dad for making the day special for her..and thanks for a blessed day I got to be part of....Until one of my grand-kids gets married I am on to other things...so check back soon..