On May 26, my beautiful sister became a MRS. And I have to say, it looks wonderful on her.
It was a beautiful wedding. A beautiful day. With a beautiful couple - inside and out - vowing to love each other for a lifetime.
While our minds were all a-buzz with the wedding timeline....making sure Collen was in a good mood (eh...he was a bit of a handful that day!)...and just being sure everything went off without a hitch, the other big thought in our minds was: "How is this day going to go....without Daddy?"
I spoke to many family members that day who commented that Daddy would have filled up the place with his personality, smile and laughter. It still feels unbalanced. I guess it will for a long time. I looked around the reception and saw so many family and friends and the one who was missing was so, so missed. Daddy would have been right in the middle of everyone....laughing, carrying on, bragging about his new son and his beautiful daughter. He would have given a corny and sappy speech that would have left everyone simultaneously in tears and laughter.
But,we made it. We spoke a lot about the obvious fact that Daddy would not be there physically, but we made sure he was there and remembered in spirit. Megan had a little charm attached to her bouquet - a small picture of me and her kissing daddy when we were little. She also had a canvas where she had a tree painted on it. The guests were to put their thumbprints onto the tree to make the leaves. It's such a great idea and fantastic memory maker! On the tree, she had our dad's name inscribed, and she also had a butterfly floating by the tree that had Ayden's name on it. Lastly, at the end of the ceremony, Megan and DJ released butterflies in honor of Daddy and Ayden. We knew the day would bring tears, and it did, but it also brought so much joy! We know how happy Daddy would be/is for Megan and DJ. And like someone said, "He already gave his approval when he told DJ yes - when he asked for Megan's hand." Daddy saw where Megan would walk down the aisle. He decided where the tent would go. He had a hand in it all, so while he wasn't there in person, he helped make it happen.
Jeremy walked Megan down the aisle - which I thought was quite fitting. He has known Megan since she was 16. He is a big brother to her and would give his life in a second if someone was threatening hers. Jeremy stepped in and spoke on behalf of Daddy/our family. I was proud to see him step up as a leader in our family. And now, DJ will take the adjoining role. We feel so blessed to have DJ join our crazy family. :) He fits in perfectly! He has such a fun, light spirit, and he keeps us all laughing. He adores Megan and cherishes every moment with her. I am so, so thankful that God has blessed Megan with a man who loves her so completely. She deserves it.
Here are a few pictures from Megan's photographer. The pictures (all 500+ of them) are gorgeous and captured the day perfectly. If you're in the Eastern NC area and need a photographer - check out Misty Hudson. She's awesome!!