This is my brother, Darren…and his lovely bride, Dani. Isn’t she stunning?! He’s pretty good-looking, too.
Almost two weeks ago I watched my little brother as he stood at the altar and became a Mr. and Mrs. Thankfully I had Silas and Ezra to distract me because, let me tell you, I started crying the minute he and his groomsmen entered the church sanctuary. The wedding hadn’t even begun and I was struggling to hold back the tears.
Maybe it’s because I’ve lived away from him for the majority of the past decade, but I still picture him as 10-years-old. Imagine my surprise when I discovered they let 10-year-olds get married!
As we spent the week leading up to the wedding at bachelor parties, rehearsal dinners and decorating sessions we had an opportunity to get to know the people who Darren and Dani hang out and minister with. What a great group of friends he & his new wife have to support them as they step into married life! As sad as I am to be living far away from them, I’m equally grateful to know that they have people to turn to for advice, prayer and encouragement.
When Josh and I got married God provided us with an amazing group of friends; friends that we still turn to today despite the fact that we all live in different states. When you get married it’s easy to think that now you have one person who will fulfill all of your needs. It’s unrealistic to expect your husband or wife to meet every need you have. Guys need to hang out with other guys and girls need to have girlfriends to turn to.
Ok, I’m done with my soapbox and will get back to the wedding…
Eli was very excited when they asked him to be the ring bearer. Isn’t he handsome in his little tux?
He took his job so seriously and looked way too grown up there on the stage. Maybe another reason I felt like crying.
Cora was asked to be the flower girl and we spent 15 minutes curling her hair that morning. Unfortunately she has hair like her mother, which does not hold a curl. Luckily Devon got one shot with the curl.
It was a great day full of celebration, visiting with friends and family, and CUPCAKES!
Oh, and naps…
So, congratulations Darren & Dani! We love you and were so honored to be a part of your special day!
** A special thank you to Devon Michelle Photography for letting me use these great shots from the wedding! Check out her blog & Facebook page for more of the bride, groom & wedding party. Also, follow her on Twitter (@DevonMichelle). If you live in the Washington area I would highly recommend her!
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