I want to thank Susan our gracious hostess at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Metamorphosis Monday and thank you if you are reading this for indulging me! Some of you have asked to see pictures of the recent wedding of our daughter. One of the definitions of the word metamorphosis is " a transformation as if by magic". This day truly fit that definition. It was a transformation for me from fear to peace and from mother of the bride to mother in law. For the bride it was a tranformation from glowing bride to radiant wife; from being one to being half of one.
The Thursday before the wedding I began as I begin almost every day--reading my devotional. This particular day the verse from Matthew 7:25 was: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon the house; and it fell not; for it was founded upon a rock. Little did I know at the time that the verse must have been meant just for me! On Friday night a powerful storm with some winds up to 80 mph blew through our city leaving 90,000 people without power. Although the lights were on in the church, the reception site was dark. We had planned what we hoped would be a magical reception in the courtyard of the zoo. It was to be a wonderland of lit trees and soft lights. The band would, of course, need electricity. I prayed and asked God to help me accept whatever was in store for us, I vowed to keep the secret from the bride, and I waited.
These are skies on the morning of the wedding. We spent a happy day watching "Father of the Bride" and having our hair and makeup done. Strangely, the peace I had prayed for had come over me.
This is what the sky looked like as we headed to the church. Do you see that sun peeking through? Still no power at the reception site, but no rain!
The next couple hours were a blur of dressing and pictures. No word on the power. And the bride remained blissfully unaware.
Beloved got his first look at the little girl he has always called "Sunshine".
Here is the bride and her bridesmaids before the wedding. Do you see that sunshine coming through the window?
We headed to the zoo after the wedding. All I can say is that it looked like Disneyland to me. Candles around the reflecting pool and a few soft lights...the band playing thanks to a generator! About one hour into reception, the bride and groom came to me. They said it was all perfect. They never knew we were on generators!
Beloved and I are no longer just parents--we've morphed in to "in laws"! And the final "tranformation as if by magic" is complete and "the house fell not, because it was built upon a rock".From now on, Beloved and I will share our Sunshine
Thank you so much for letting me share this. I hope you will zip over to see Susan at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/. I promise, next week I am back to decorating and planting!
You have a beautiful family! Your daughter is a lovely bride. I love the colors she chose!
What a beautiful day! I am so glad that the weather turned out nicely. The pictures are so beautiful and so is your daughter. I know she will treasure those memories forever!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful and magical wedding and reception. Isn't it wonderful how the Lord takes care of our wants, not just our needs. He hears all our prayers and answers them all. What a wonderful testimony. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, MartyReplyDelete
What a sweet story and 'Sunshine' looked beautiful! :O)ReplyDelete
What a beautiful bride and mother! Wonderful day, fabulous memories!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful bride and Mom and Dad and family and bridal party. Love the baby Sunshine photo. Happy the sun came out. Please indulge us with more photos this week including the groom and the reception.ReplyDelete
Oh Susan, what a sweet post ! So nice that everything turned out perfect ! Congrats !ReplyDelete
Hugs ~ Kammy
Hi Susan! What a beautiful daughter you have. She looks just like you! I'm so thankful all turned out well. There is power in prayer, isn't there?ReplyDelete
be a sweetie,
I am getting back to you on the type of paint I used....one buck spray paint (glossy) from Wal-Mart ! I am very, very cheap....
Hugs ~ Kammy
Never discount the power of prayer! What a beautiful day you had... your daughter is absolutely gorgeous..just like her Mama!ReplyDelete
Loved the colors and also the length of the bridesmaids dresses.. I'm so glad you posted the photos. You should be very proud!
Thank you for the sweet comments yesterday. I know that with God, everything will work out fine. Your daughter's wedding pictures are gorgeous. She made a beautiful bride. She reminds me so much of my daughter at her wedding back in 2002. I might post some pictures of it soon.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your visit and the sweet compliment. You win the best "goose bump award" for your beautiful MM story.ReplyDelete
This is the most priceless post. I have a lump in my throat. It is so much fun to see your children change into adults with their own families. Just a beautiful wedding.ReplyDelete
What a lovely bride, looks just like you! Beautiful wedding, love the colors too!...ChristineReplyDelete
What a blessed day! Your daughter looks like an angel! You all look beautiful! You're right, btw. Clean and quiet will definetly come way too soon.ReplyDelete
Congreats to everyone!
Beautiful - thanks for sharing your daughter's special day. So glad the weather cleared in time for her wedding and reception.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful wedding. Your daughter looks just gorgeous! Congratulations.ReplyDelete
Hi Susan, Beautiful pictures and story! I'm so pleased to have found your blog -- can't wait to check out the salmon recipes and read about your visit to the Pink Palace.ReplyDelete
Thanks for visiting me at Affordable Accoutrements. Hope our paths cross again very soon!
Oh your daughter was such a beautiful bride! It looks as if it was a picture perfect wedding -- how lovely. I am so sentimental about weddings I even get teary-eyed at pictures like these!ReplyDelete
How does it feel to morph into an in-law? :-) I'm not there yet -- but I think I'm getting close.
Thanks for visiting That Old House! See you soon ...
Susan .. what a beautiful day. I could feel your energy of love for your precious Sunshine all through your post.ReplyDelete
How truly inspirational and lovely, as was the bride! This post was so sweet- and I bet you are already a great in-law! Thank you for your nice comment on my blog today. SueReplyDelete
Hello Susan, thank you for visitng my blog...I love to hear from new girls! I enjoyed your wedding story so very much. It is inspiring, and faith affirming. Congratulations to the mother and father of the bride! Hugs, KathleenReplyDelete
Congrats to you and your family. Lovely pictures of the wedding.ReplyDelete
Glad everything turned out perfect.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful wedding and a wonderfully sweet story! Thanks for sharing. What an amazing day! You're going to love being a MIL as much as a Mother! LindaReplyDelete
What a beautiful and fun Met Monday... Stop by my blog for my 100th post giveaway if you get a chance!ReplyDelete
Have a great week!
Very beautiful post. Your daughter looked lovely. You and your DH make a beautifully happy couple too! Congrats! Great photos! Huggy Hugs!ReplyDelete
Thank you for your special visit... Loved meeting you and finding your blog!!! Weddings, I love them...Congratulations to your daughter and all of you, Lovely!! Would love to "Follow" also , xoxo~Kathy~@ Sweet Up-North Mornings...ReplyDelete
Susan, Thanks so much for coming over to GrannyMountain for a visit! I enjoyed looking at your blog and the wedding was beautiful. You and Beloved handled a very stressful situation with amazing strength! I am MIL to two wonderful sons. It's a blessing to have them as part of our family. Come visit often!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful post, Susan! Both you and your daughter looked stunning! I love the color of the bridesmaids' dresses, too. And, how about that sun ... God is great!ReplyDelete
Beautiful family and beautiful wedding! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
What a GORGEOUS wedding! Loved seeing the pics...ReplyDelete
What a beautiful post, and what a beautiful bride and mother of the bride! I am so amazed that you were able to keep the wedding couple from knowing about the possible disaster awaiting them! So glad it all worked out. And I'm so glad you put your trust in God and He calmed your nerves. I'm ashamed to admit that I'm not sure I would have been able to leave it in God's hands. laurieReplyDelete
What a lovely wedding you all look so beautiful.ReplyDelete
I loved what you said that you have morphed into Inlaws and now you and your beloved will share your Sunshine. That is sweet.
Wishing the couple all the very best for a happy and wonderful life together.
Oh! She’s a gorgeous looking bride. Congratulations to the couple. I really like her dress. I was just wandering over the internet looking for a beautiful dress for myself and I think I have fallen in love with this wedding gown. My wedding is also by the end of this year in one of the finest LA event venues.ReplyDelete