Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A Sweet Celebration

Hello, Dear Friends, the last time 
we met we were touring Sister Donna's Garden. 

Ramblin' Man and I flew to New England
from our home in Washington State
to celebrate our niece, Amanda's recent
wedding to her sweetheart, Jon. 

The celebration took place in Donna's Garden. 

Here you see the happy couple 
with Amanda's Mom, Theresa,
at their wedding in West Virginia. 

Ramblin' Man, Donna and Theresa are siblings. 

Along with one brother, David. 
Here they are helping out :)

Amanda is the only child of sister, Theresa, 
(we call her Terry), and very
special because Terry was told
she couldn't have children. 

Now we were all gathered to
celebrate this very special occasion
with a grateful heart.

It was a beautiful afternoon for a celebration. 

With the gardens and lake as backdrops, 
everyone had a wonderful time. 

Amanda and Jon met
9 years ago as teens
when he would visit
 his grandparent's in the summer. 
As summer romances go, 
it faded away, 
only to be rekindled years later. 

Don't you just love a happy ending? 
This is their engagement photo <3

Now they make their home in West Virginia
where Jon's family has embraced sweet Amanda
as one of their own. 

It was wonderful to see the happy couple having a 
lovely time surrounded by family
and friends. 

There were 4 generations present! 

Posing in the photo frame with her maid of honor. 

Looking adorable in her cowgirl
boots and sundress,
with bridesmaid's looking on. 

They were inseparable. 
So sweet. 

The young couple drove
all the way from West Virginia
to share this special day. 

Posing with cousins, Jesse and Lucia. 

There was plenty of delicious food, 
all prepared by family and friends. 

Donna's husband, Ron, was the grill-master. 

These cute cupcakes were made by
Donna and Ron's daughter, Janessa. 

More vintage goodness! 

I love the idea of using glass blocks to 
elevate the drink dispensers! 

A beautiful butterfly fluttered around the new bride
and then landed on these flowers. 

Nana and the grandchildren :)

Cousins, Ashley (with husband, Rob) and Dustin, (my son) with wife Jennifer. xo

As the sun sinks low over the peaceful lake,
we wish the new couple the very best
that life has to offer.

Amanda and Jon on their wedding day

It was a very special day,
filled with wonderful memories.


We toast their new life together with an Irish Blessing:

May God be with you and always bless you,

May you live to see your children's children,

May you be poor in misfortune and rich in blessings and

May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.


Next time:
A walk to the lake.


  1. What a wonderful family celebration for your niece and her new husband ! So many good family pics, and some pretty good ideas for anyone contemplating such an event, even a perfect get-together for the wedding itself.

    I was thinking the same thing, glass blocks to lift the water & lemonade dispensers is an idea I will take away from this post to use now.

  2. Hello Karen, my dear friend,
    thank you for those wonderful pictures of a beautiful wedding! So lovely, when all the family is together on such a great day!
    All my best wishes for them :O)
    Sending you Love and hugs and blessings,
    Claudia xo

  3. Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful, sweet captures of a gorgeous happy couple. You have an amazing family and I love the surroundings of the wedding. So natural and personal, just as it should be xx

  4. What a fabulous wedding!!! It looks perfect in fact! I hope that they have a wonderful marriage and many happy years together!!! xx

  5. Such a joyous occasion, so great to get everyone together in these busy times. :-)

  6. What a beautiful celebration. They all look so lovely and happy. The cowboy cupcakes look awesome too!!!

  7. Good morning, what a cute and happy couple! It was a beautiful wedding, lovely photos of your family! That last shot is shot too cute, adorable! Have a happy day!

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  9. I love their sweet story!! I'm so glad you were able to attend. That's a long way to travel!

  10. What a sweet love story. And that is how weddings should be done. They have taken on a life of their own around here costing an arm and a leg. Crazy. This is much nicer.

  11. Oh, Karen, I almost don't know what to say... This heart-warming post is so full of beauty and happiness. Wishing all the best to the newlyweds!
    Thank you for sharing the very special event! xx

  12. fun to see the different weddings ideas that were used and the neat ideas --like those cupcakes with the cowboy hat...all lovely photos too..

  13. Karen, what a nice wedding. Lots of food, decorations, and loved ones to share the day. Weddings always get to me, and it's sweet to see young couples start their new life together. Now, was that a real butterfly? What a wonderful sign for a bright future.


  14. This was a lovely celebration! How neat that the butterfly landed on the flowers and you captured it with your camera.

    May love and happiness fill the lives of these young newlyweds.

    Weddings always get to me too, two lives starting out together.

    Enjoy your week ~ FlowerLady

  15. I love outdoor weddings. Mine was! I felt closer to God in the lovely setting he had created!

  16. A heartwarming post! Congratulations to this lovely couple and may they have many happy years together. Such a sweet celebration.

  17. What a sweet post of this young couple's wedding and to have some many family members there to celebrate with them....Certainly a perfect start to their life together.....

  18. Such a beautiful day and pretty photos. I love all of the "country" touches! So happy for a new couple starting on their own path. Love your Irish blessing too!
    Those kinds of moments are extra precious for family to share in together as well. Thanks so much for sharing and giving us all of the peeks. Love it!
    Blessings to you dear Karen. xoxo

  19. Sweet couple and a lovely wedding. Those little cowboy potato chip cupcakes were so cute but not nearly as cute as the bride & groom. Wishing them a lifetime of happiness.

  20. What a lovely post Karen, so heartwarming the love of family and a newly married couple. Beautiful setting.

  21. What a cute couple! I'm wishing them all the best.

  22. Thanks for sharing this beautiful memory with us! Oh it looked like a very sweet setting in the garden! We also share in the joy of our daughter who was married on August 7th, It was such a beautiful setting and wonderful celebration too! love and joy gayla

  23. What a beautiful wedding!! Wishing all the best to the happy couple :-)


  24. Dearest Karen,
    What a lovely gathering of family and friends for celebrating a happy wedding!
    You were very lucky with the weather too, that makes the beautiful surroundings even more romantic...
    Sending you hugs,

  25. Awe thanks for putting a happy smile on my face this morning! I loved seeing all the joy and happiness that's surrounding a wedding. Blessings to the happy couple.

  26. they are a cute couple and it looks like the day couldn't have been more perfect, love that irish blessing too!

  27. It seemed to have been a wonderful day: every one is smiling!

  28. Weddings...I just love them. The joy and happiness and romance of it all, lovely. The couple is precious and what a delightful looking celebration, just fun! :-)
    You have a beautiful family, Karen.

    Enjoy your weekend, dear friend.


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