Sunday, June 24, 2012

wedding celebration: alice and reuben

June 22, 2012

He finally found the girl of his dreams.

And we couldn't be happier.

All of that day was just so beautiful. 

So many smiles all around. So many sweet, tender tears shed. Gratitude filling our hearts. Truly, a celebration.

Alice... what a beautiful bride. 

Her natural beauty radiating even more from her happiness. We couldn't ask for a sweeter, kinder, more genuine sister. These eyes fill with tears just thinking about her.

And those shoes. How I loved those red shoes she wore. Absolutely perfect.

Her sister and mother came from Wisconsin where she's from. We're all amazed that we again have more ties to this state. (Where two of my sisters live now.) They'll all be heading there next week to celebrate all over again.

After the temple marriage and pictures, our families congregated at Olive Garden for lunch. Then we gathered that evening in the  canyon to party it up.

"Creating Team Ficklin"

Alice has played on softball teams her whole life, it's her love, and so naturally, this theme played out perfectly. I can't tell you how many people, many of them donned in baseball caps and jerseys, told us that this wedding reception had to be the funnest, most memorable one they'd ever attended.

 She's worked for years as a high school P.E. teacher, and our family were all amazed at how much support so many of her friends and colleagues gave to make this celebration come together like it did. 

Here, my sister Felicia (along with some eager little boy helpers), puts out the cotton candy, while my brother Andrew and I worked at the popcorn machine.

Add to that:

 background mood-setting music,
smiling and happy well wishing friends, family and neighbors all casually 'a mixing and 'a mingling,
 the beautiful mountains a backdrop to it all,
croquet and lawn games for restless, running, happy children,
 hot dogs straight from the grill,
little plates of warm and cheezy nachos,
baseball ring topped cupcakes, 
a groom pitching to the bride at bat wedding cake,
a genuine soda fountain,
and even authentic cheese curds, all the way from Wisconsin...

What more could you ask for?

Finally, the time came
 all of us gathering,
some on one side, some on another
to send them off
 on their way,
as husband and wife
and friends,
through a tunnel of bubbles,
a tunnel of love,
off to their mountain-cabin nest,
to that hopeful and promising future that stands before them.

Every happiness, you two.
Today, tomorrow, and for many days to come.


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