Today's Wedding Wednesday post has me smiling thinking back to how this all went down. Between the both of us, Chuck and I have a rather large, interesting family...lots of people involved from different sides.
We chose to do the family pictures outside, in the front of our reception venue. We wanted our family who wasn't part of the bridal party to be able to go inside and enjoy cocktail hour while the rest of us went to the top of the resort to take more pictures.
Chuck, Ethan and I stood in the middle and our family literally lined up to the left of us while I yelled for people to come in to the shot so the photographers could snap and go. Our family was entering in from the left, smiling, then exiting to the right. It looked like some sort of movie set with people everywhere scattered around the front lawn. Thinking about how easily and effectively it all ran makes me laugh because there were so many people everywhere, but somehow we pulled it off.
|Chuck, My Gram & I|
|Chuck, My Nanu (Italian for Grandfather) & I|
|My Mom's side of the family...the Palombi side|
|My Dad's side...the Woodruff's. My Dad, Stepmom & Brother|
|Chuck & I with his Mom and Stepfather|
|The Lawrence side from North Carolina including Chuck's brother, sister, our brother in-law and niece & flower girl|
|With Chuck's Dad & Stepmom|
|The Lawrence Men|
|Chuck's Mom's side of the family|
|Chuck and his sisters with Ethan|
A few months ago my grandparents celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary, and I was looking through these family pictures that morning. Not exaggerating, I have probably looked at these pictures a couple hundred times in the past 10 months. That day I saw something for the first time in the background and was instantly brought to tears. Do you see the butterfly in the right corner of every picture? Remember the butterfly release we did at our ceremony? That's my Mom. Making sure she was included in our family pictures.
My Gram often sits outside and ever since my mom passed away butterflies flock to her. She always tells me about how they sit by her, on her arm, or on her shoe. We know it's her telling us she's okay and bringing us peace.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked through the pictures that morning. I called my Gram right away and couldn't even talk I was crying so hard. I believe in signs and this totally was one. I still get chills looking at these pictures now that I see my Mom there with us.
Thank you for sharing in another Wedding Wednesday with me. I appreciate your sweet comments each week, XO!
Wedding Wednesday in week's past...in case you missed it:
Details & Vendors:
Photography: R. Frank Photography
Venue: The Retreat at Peek'n Peak
Cake & Cupcakes: Allie Cakes
Hair & Makeup: Panache Salon and Spa
The Dress: Bridal Elegance
Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka (similar)
Bride's Clutch: Rent The Runway
Groom & Best Man Shoes: Nike Lockwood
Flowers: Afloral (handmade bouquets by the Bride)
Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way
Bridesmaid Earrings: Frou Frou & Frill
Butterflies: Shallowtail Farms