Wedding Bells

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  My baby brother, Chad (FINALLY) proposed to his girlfriend, Lauren, a few weeks before our Florida trip.  She said “Yes! It’s about dang time!”  (Ok I am not for sure that’s what she said, but I bet I am close…)

YAY!!!!

  After much debate, they decided to get married while we were in Florida.  Meaning they planned the entire thing in…….

20 days. 

Can you IMAGINE?!?!??!

  They did this so we could be a part of it, bless their hearts!!!!!  They knew there was no way we could save up to fly back again this year.  Lauren pulled it off, and it was AMAZING! 🙂

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  They asked our children to be part of their big day. They, of course, were thrilled.  Lauren’s wedding colors, Fushia & Tangerine Orange, were the ones I had picked out for my wedding 10 years ago, but I guess I was ahead of the trends, because back then we couldn’t find anything in those 2 colors, and people looked at me like I was NUTS! lol 🙂  To say I lived vicariously through Lauren would be a small understatement, I had so much fun sending her cake and flower pictures using those colors. And, she let me pick the little girls flower girl dresses! {squeeeeeeeal}

I immediately began scouring bridal sites….too expensive and too fancy for an outdoor Florida wedding.  Then, I remembered Etsy, my favorite new addiction.  I hit the JACKPOT, praise the Lord, finding a gal on there who would sell me a 3T fushia and tangerine tutu with matching headband for $20 AND custom make me a matching size 7-8 with flower clip for $25 by Monday (it was Thursday I do believe). 

  And boy, did she deliver!  These tutu’s are made from an excellent quality tulle and the hair accessories are well made.  I HIGHLY recommend her!   Check out her shop here at Caroline’s Boutique, and please tell her Tonya from Kansas sent you.

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We love you Uncle Chad & Aunt Lauren, thanks for making us a part of your special day!  xoxo

Here are the photos from their amazing day!

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Proof that I should’ve taken my children’s photos BEFORE the wedding rather than after: 

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(But who has time for that when trying to do hair and get little people dressed between afternoon naps and a 3:00 ceremony!?!??!)  🙂 

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Considering that we were drenched in sweat by this point and ready to go inside, they did very well.

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I had Chad and Lauren’s photographer snap a family photo for me….easier said than done.

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SO close, thanks Ty!

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I tell ya, the more kids you have, the harder it is to take a good family photo!

Oh well.

Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Bontrager! We are SO happy for you two!

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~T

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8 thoughts on “Wedding Bells

  1. Oh wow what a great day!
    Beautiful Bride and Groom love the colors your new sis in law picked out too!
    You looked Beautiful and Dale looked very handsome and the kids were Adorable !
    Loved the cake and looked like someone loved Oreo’s too and made it into maybe a grooms cake ?
    Some times the less time we have to plan the better it is!!
    You could feel the love!!!

  2. 20. Days. Seriously?!! Lauren has all my respect and admiration–way to go, girl!! Like Kate said, people look at you like you’re crazy nowadays if you are engaged for less than 9-12 months (ours was 3.5 months). “How can you put together a wedding in that amount of time?!” This was so beautiful! I love her wedding colors, very similar to mine as well. 🙂 How awesome that they value you guys so much and were able to make their big day happen during your visit!

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