Monday, September 4, 2017

The Wedding!

It happened!

Even though Nashville had steady rain for several days before
the outdoor wedding of Zack and Courtney,
and no electricity the day before--
rehearsal dinner by candlelight and lanterns--
Saturday dawned dry and sunny and gorgeous and 
The Farmhouse was the scene of an enchanting celebration!

The wedding photographer's photos will come later on
but here are family pictures of the special evening
when Zack and Courtney became
husband and wife.

Amen and praise the Lord,
the creek didn't rise too high
and they're hitched!!!

And did we ever celebrate!

That's our daughter Christy on the left, husband Bryan behind,
talking to their daughter-in-law Melissa.
Our grandsons Alex and Drake catching up with each other.

Above is the ONLY photo you'll get a glimpse of now
of the ceremony site itself,
high on a hill of the 22 acre farm that was our family home
for 25 years and is now the home of the bride and groom.

That's our eldest grandson Luke above,
talking with our daughter-in-law Wallace.

The above photos were taken by our son Defee,
in case you wonder why they are so good
and the other ones here, marked Dewena's Window
are so pitiful. Good camera equipment does seem to matter.
Plus lots of experience.

There's our grandson Drake with his beautiful Emily--
they made me and RH great-grandparents last year!
Next are grandsons Caleb, Drake's brother,
and Alex with his wife Melissa, now Chicago residents,
and Luke, Alex's brother.
At the end is our son Defee and d-i-law Wallace.

Did you get all that straight?

And here is the couple that started that whole clan--

RH and Dewena!

But let's get on with the party!

We were all in no hurry; first there was the cocktail hour
where we socialized!

During this time lots of guests meandered over to the barn where there was
a beautiful setting for us to take more photos to remember the evening by, Courtney's vintage car parked close. It was an engagement gift from Zack.

Finally we were ready to eat a Southern dinner that was actually
the menu when Courtney and Zack had their first date....

Hot Chicken and Waffles with Tupelo Honey Drizzle
Espresso Rubbed Beef Brisket
Crispy Skillet Potato Hash
Buttermilk Biscuits with local jams and honey

During dinner we had music by a very
special bluegrass band that played in the picnic shelter.

And I'm so embarrassed because I can't remember their name.
When the bride and groom get back from their
honeymoon in Costa Rica I will find that out!

But they were good!

Tears here now--

First dance...

The bride and groom!

What was the song? I know it was sweet and romantic--
let me text Wallace real quick....
she's drawing a blank too but says that it might have been Crazy Love
because that's what the bride walked down the aisle to.

All I know is that I had a lump in my throat watching them.

Here's where I try to upload video.

Will that work? I guess I won't know until I hit publish.

There's a glimpse of the bride and groom--
in the above video.

Well I'm just a bucket of mush right now looking at these pictures
and videos. Wish so much we had more video of the bride and groom but we were trying not to get in the way of the real photographers.
I don't even have any photos of the bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Is it okay if I do another post when we get the professional pics?

RH and I finally went home and let the young folks party on.

As your reward for scrolling through this long family post,
here's a photo the bride texted me.

Wait a minute till I go find more Kleenex....

Ladies and gentlemen,

the bride & groom...


  1. What a gorgeous wedding! I love that it was held on the family property and that they had a southern menu and blue grass band playing. The setting looks absolutely perfect. And you and RH make a stunning couple. Unfortunately, the videos didn't work.

  2. Wow, now that is a beautiful wedding! Congratulations to the bride and groom and their families. You all looked great. I remember you mentioned that they were going to drape lace over the hay bales and I am so glad I caught a glimpse of it. It was a fabulous touch!!

  3. What a beautiful wedding! Congratulations to all!

  4. Dewena, I have scrolled through, not once, but several times, gazing at every image, trying to imagine the sounds, scents and tastes of this magical evening, since the sense of sight has beautifully been looked after, thanks to these radiant and romantic pics (and videos - yay!).

    Congratulations to the beautiful bride and gorgeous groom! What an enchanting celebration of their love and sharing their joy with all their lucky guests, special dinner and perfect music made it even more memorable, I'm sure.

    Yes, indeed, it all started with you and your hubby, who look so lovely together in that photo. You both must be on cloud nine, yourselves, feeling so very proud and happy for Zack and Courtney and your entire clan. Thank you so much for sharing it with us; it was the best morning news I've ever read!


  5. Thank you Dewena for sharing a special day with all of us. You and RH look so happy. The setting was absolutely beautiful with the long tables all set for the party. I think having the wedding in your former residence made the day all that more special. Your family is lovely and I know everyone had a great time. I can't wait for all the professional photos but I know I will like the candid ones best. Congratulations to Zack and Courtney.

  6. What a romantic setting for a wedding, Dewena - congratulations to you all!!!

  7. I'm soooooooo happy that the sun was shining Dewena! That was a VERY close call, but Mother Nature knew better than to mess with you ;).

    Everything about this wedding was beautiful and meaningful, from the setting to the menu, which btw made me hungry, and Crazy Love was Sarissa and Josh's song.

    You and R.H. are way too adorable for words. You must feel very proud of the beautiful family you have created.

    Please show us the other photos asap!


  8. Oh Dewena these nighttime shots of the dinner are just extraordinary ! And then that the weather cooperated later..oh I just smiled through this entire post for you all :)

    Beautiful wedding and family! :) Congratulations to you all.

    Love the photo of you and RH!

  9. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous.
    I enjoyed all of the photographs and the videos too.
    What a tremendous day.

    Many congratulations to all, and yes ... do please show us the other photo's too.

    All the best Jan

  10. I'm sitting here with a big smile on my face. What a lovely wedding celebration. It will be fine with me for you to do a post with the wedding photographer photos. I love weddings.

    I save the pic of you and RH. :-)

    Love and hugs to you two ~ FlowerLady

  11. Ohmygosh, Deweena, so, so beautiful! And yes, that's Crazy Love (Van Morrison). I could play name that tune with the short blip of video you captured. :)
    What a happy and memorable occasion. Congratulations!

  12. Oh, Dewena, such a lovely, beautiful, magical wedding! It's so nice to see your beautiful family, filling up that wonderful table. I can't wait to see more pictures, especially of the bride, just had a glimpse of that exquisite dress. Congratulations to all!

  13. This is really a lovely wedding, Dewena. The table is elegant with the candles and the gold plates. The string of lights really make it look magical. A sweet picture of you and RH. I'm glad there was no rain that day and everything turned out nice. The Southern menu sounds delicious. That last picture of them is simply beautiful.

    love, ~Sheri

  14. I think Poppy expressed my feelings so well, and she's very good at that. The setting, so perfectly at home as well as the menu...the end of the rain so magical, and the beautiful bride and groom...absolutely beyond lovely.

    I really loved the family pictures, and the one of your and your guy! You are beaming and should---you both have created a wonderful generation of loved ones and I wish you many, many more good times with this fun and sweet bunch!!! :)

    Jane x

  15. Y'all look so NICE AND ALL DRESSED UP and the pictures are just so pretty--it looks so romantic and just gorgeous. I loved your glowing and flickering pictures of the table!! That one I would enlarge and hang in a dining room, I think it's so pretty and captures the evening so well. What a great looking bridal couple....i wish them many years of happiness. and I do hope you post more pictures for us later on!

  16. WOW! Beautiful. And the way you wrote about your family and the love with in, oh my, just lovely.
    Best Wishes to the Happy Family!

  17. I've looked at this post several times... like poppy! each time I see something else to delight me. it's very visual. I feel like i'm there. I love the lights. and all the little touches that make it so perfect. everyone so relaxed. as it should be but so often isn't at weddings. it's all so lovely.
    and your family ... how MUCH grandson alex looks like a young RH! and the videos!!!
    well. enough! I could talk about it all day. XOXO♥

  18. Dewena... I teared up and I'm not even related! LOL Not wonder you're mush ;)

    Congratulations to the bride and groom!


  19. Dewena... I teared up and I'm not even related! LOL Not wonder you're mush ;)

    Congratulations to the bride and groom!


  20. Dewena, I almost missed this... Isn't it amazing how two people in love can make a small town's worth of people. LOL... Blessings to the new bride and groom. May they have many love filled years.Blessings to you and your RH. xoxo, Susie

  21. What a beautiful celebration! Loved the romantic and beautiful table setting. And the fact that it was all celebrated on your family property, and that they will be living there. Of course, share more pictures. A happy wedding is something to be celebrated! xo Deborah

  22. Thank you so much for checking on us, Dewena! We are all fine. It was a bad bad storm but so much more so for Florida ! How are you and your family doing?

  23. This is just the kind of event that makes you (and your readers) glad that you have a blog all ready and waiting for you to share on!

    Congratulations to the whole family! That all this took place in such a significant and historic setting makes it all the more moving. I think I would have been a fountain of happy tears for the duration.

  24. What a wedding! What a beautiful setting! Everything was beautifully planned and put together! I'm glad you shared a picture of the bride and groom at the end, it was just a delightful browse through the pictures of this sweet wedding! So thankful the weather cleared up so this precious and beautiful day could be had! You and your husband are a stunning couple, how wonderful to have begun such a lovely group of people :) Hugs to you today!

  25. What a wonderful wedding and special time for your family.


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