The decision was made at breakfast–the vows would take place in just a couple of hours. This couple already had the venue, the dessert, the photographer, the music, the officiant, the bridal party and the decor right at their fingertips…..everything you need to make a great wedding day!
Just a few months ago, my (Julie) entire family, all 22 of us, were spending a relaxing, unplugged weekend at a ranch in Glen Rose TX called Country Woods Inn. If you haven’t heard of this place, you must check it out! It’s a family favorite….a collection of small secluded cabins with the Paluxy river running out back and huge beautiful meadows in front with plenty of room for catching frogs and fireflies, feeding the farm animals, having water balloon fights and just letting go!
We had taken 6 or 7 of the nieces and nephews down to the river bank to look for frogs early in the morning and passed the tiny and quaint “Chapel in the Woods” on the way. This got us thinking…..My parent’s 42nd anniversary was coming up soon and it had been five years since we had all been together –who knows when the next time would be — is there a more perfect time to do an impromptu vow renewal??? They agreed to it! So all the kids ran off to gather wildflowers for a bouquet, while a bevy of busy moms (all my sisters & I) put our heads and closets together to dress the bride & the bridal party from our vacation clothes while others decorated the sweet little chapel with the gathered flowers!
The grandchildren gathered up the flowers for a wildflower bouquet.
My mom was such a young and radiant bride 🙂 I love the hair from my sister Cindy and the dress from my sister Anna. It’s nice to be able to share!
The sweetest flower girls and Maid of Honor ever! It must be too sweet to have your grandchildren surrounding you on such a special day 🙂 The oldest grandson was the Best Man too!
For my parent’s original wedding ceremony, my dad had written a sweet song for her, but they didn’t get to use it at THEIR wedding. My BIL Daniel just “happened” to have a recording of my dad singing it on his laptop. My mom finally walked down the aisle to his song. 🙂 Look how cute & happy she is!
Not a dry eye in the house! Believe me, we zoomed in on everyone’s eyes! LOL!
They both had prepared their vows that morning.
…AND you may kiss your bride!! Look at little Everett! 🙂
My sister Anna had already made cupcakes for every single member of the family to celebrate their birthdays since we never get to celebrate them together spread out from Tennessee to Texas, to SoCal to NorCal! We all celebrated the great and beautiful day with cupcakes and Poppa (my dad) singing with the guitar to all the grandkids. It was such a special time. One of the best days I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.