Over two months ago, our family had the privilege of being at a wedding. Not just any wedding, but the wedding of our only daughter, Ashley and her best friend, Jeremy.
Jeremy's parents were married in the LDS Washington DC Temple, and so were we. That's why they decided this was where they wanted to be married. So, the family members traveled from, Louisiana and Indiana to Washington DC.
It was a beautiful sunny day, with just a small breeze. In attendance were not only both sets of parents but also two of Ashley's brothers, one of Jeremy's brothers and his wife, and also his sister and her husband.
Here is a picture of the newly married couple just behind the temple. It was a very nice area to take pictures.
The the colors she chose were bright yellow and turquoise, and the theme...butterflies.
A couple years ago, while Jeremy was on his mission in Chile, Ashley wrote a poem . They have known each other a long time, and started dating while still in high school. It has been quite the journey, and the poem is one I know you all will enjoy (it is toward the end of the blog). You will notice her engagement ring has butterflies on it. Instead of a diamond, a blue topaz was chosen (her birthstone).
Just a few days after the wedding, the first reception was enjoyed by all in Muncie, IN (Jeremy's hometown). About a month later, the second reception was here in Monroe, LA.
Just before the couple settled in their new home, I took her out by the bayou for her bridals. They came out really well.
Ashley picked out a dress that was just her style...not like any other we have seen. Long in the back and shorter in the front, it was able to show off her yellow shoes. The dress had a lace overlay, with just a small touch of sparkle. She fixed her hair a couple of different ways. At the wedding and Muncie reception, she wore her hair half pulled back with a barrette of white silk flowers. At the Monroe reception and her bridals, she wore a crown with blue and clear crystals. For jewelry, I made her a necklace, earring, bracelet set made of freshwater pearls, mother of pearls, and swarovski crystals.
So, now all the planning and traveling is over with, and the happy couple is busy working and going to school. I look at them, and think about how fast time goes. It does not seem that long ago that Bill and I were a newlywed couple. Twenty-eight years and four kids later, we are still very happy. I hope the best for this new couple. Someday, they will look back just was I have, and think.."Where has the time gone!?"