Wedding in the Woods: Happiness is Sharing Joy

IMG_0821Yesterday Bayer and Elena got married at a beautiful wedding in the woods. IMG_0826I was the official videographer, so I only had time to take a few photos, IMG_0837but I think I’ve got enough pictures to tell you “all about it!” IMG_0858Elena is the daughter of my dearly beloved prayer partner, Cindi, and her hubby. Wabasis Lake Park ShelterThe wedding was held at Wabasis Lake Park. (Lovely campground, too, BTW.) IMG_0840Cindi is an energetic and very gifted organizer as well as a devoted mom.IMG_0804She began preparations as soon as she knew there was going to be a wedding, Jamsincluding such special touches as home made jam for each guest,IMG_0775and a quilt we could all sign as one of her wedding gifts for the newly weds. DSCN6470Her husband, Rex, is equally creative and gifted, and I can’t imagine how many DSCN6483hundreds of hours he must have spent making intricate decorations…for the DSCN6482wedding site, the tables, playful signs, birch bark lanterns, and even a huge DSCN6497frame where anyone who wanted their picture taken could get one free of charge. IMG_0829(My daughter-in-law Brianna and son Dan offered their talents to help on this.) IMG_0827Elena’s sisters were not only in the wedding party, Special Music for WeddingThey helped provide beautiful music for the wedding.IMG_0825Annika used her recently-honed skills from working at a bakery in Denver Wedding Dessertsto mastermind a gourmet dessert buffet of fill-up-your-own tarts, IMG_0845& Ilsa, a highly gifted young art student, contributed her time and talents as well! IMG_0806The list of loved ones who put their hearts into the project just goes on & on! SusanSusan (with whom Cindi and I have a “birthday club”) worked tirelessly, Stevealong with her husband Steve, who actually took 3 days off work to help out! Lynn and SusanCindi’s two sisters came to help as well! Lynn and her husband, RichardRichard, came early and worked long and hard. DonnaCindi’s sister Donna came from New Mexico to help out for several days. DSCN6476I had the fun of working with Susan, Lynn, and Donna arranging the tables IMG_0745& decorating everything using huge buckets of flowers and hundreds? of bottles, Coffeeswhich was—I dare say—tons of fun as well as a lot of work! IMG_0849Are you tired just thinking about all the work yet? Rhonda provided lunch for us, Doug and Bevalong with her sister Bev, who also helped her husband, Doug, with the sound. DSCN6477Even the groom and his groomsmen came to help out with the set up. DSCN6488They were super helpful, and I’m not really sure we could have gotten done in time without them!! What a really sweet group of young men! 🙂 IMG_0766(The wedding party dressed very casually…befitting for the bride and groom!)Tom and LynnTom and Lynnie were the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies IMG_0808and kept everything running smoothly during the wedding. IMG_0763“Our” pastor, Rick, officiated, although one of their professors also participated. IMG_0779Need I go on? They didn’t serve alcoholic beverages, but they had a huge table IMG_0814with so many fun options for various fruity “virgin” drinks, and so there were servers helping out here and there. Caterers
The actual dinner was professionally catered so all the guests could just relax and enjoy the party.IMG_0773 Afterward, they had games and activities for the children, and as the sun set, IMG_0776a friend taught everyone who was interested how to do country-style dancing. IMG_0824
I think it really was a picture perfect wedding, thanks to Elena, Bayer, and every one of their family and friends who lavished love on them!
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Working together to bring about something precious and beautiful is really a joy, and so much fun! DSCN6498
Are you living within the framework of a thriving fellowship family? I sincerely hope so!

 

I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God.

You will notice we say “brother and sister” ’round here,
It’s because we’re a family and these are so near;
When one has a heartache, we all share the tears,
And rejoice in each victory in this family so dear.

From the door of an orphanage to the house of the King,
No longer an outcast, a new song I sing;
From rags unto riches, from the weak to the strong,
I’m not worthy to be here, but praise God I belong!  (—Bill and Gloria Gaither)

4 responses to “Wedding in the Woods: Happiness is Sharing Joy

  1. A lovely capture of a lovely evening/weekend! Thanks for your loyal friendship to the Fouches and my family!

    • Thanks! Love your family, and I think it’s so fun that you and Brianna are due just a few weeks apart! Congratulations!

  2. Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed every picture. What a lovely wedding! My first to know about being in the woods – so unique and naturally beautiful! Picture of you (Was there more than one?) was so special and you are looking good! Weddings always unite and this one surely did. Appreciated the song at the end. What a way to complete a perfect, enjoyable time!

    • Thank you so much for sharing all your kind and encouraging thoughts! Actually, none of the pictures were of me; I took them all! You’re probably thinking of my friend, Cindi, who was the mother of the bride. And, yes, I thought she looked just beautiful!

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