It’s Not All Mary Poppins

I have a story to tell

A wedding story…  In pictures, mostly.


My eldest child, my older daughter, was married last month. Isn’t she lovely? This is at the house, getting ready. A good 90% of everything was hand-made, hand-crafted, DIY. Her dress and headpiece were purchased. (Dress from Mod Cloth; fascinator, I don’t know.) But guess who did her own flowers??


Groom-to-be sneaks a kiss. Aaawww…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABrother of the bride helps with the bride’s bouquet.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASister and maid of honour… (Who is, in fact, practicing keeping the shoes on her feet, despite their passionate wish to be free!)


Dad of bride, who officiated, catches a quiet moment before we depart for the park. (All those boxes in the background? MAWR WEDDING STUFF!!!)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The venue. Isn’t it pretty? OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
The screen of pretty red flowers, made by the bride. So effective!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMaid of honour, best man and groom arrive with more wedding stuff. It was cloudy and threatening rain in the morning, but by the time the wedding happened (mid-afternoon), the sun had come out. Also, whereas it had been a sticky 38C earlier in the week, it was a lovely 24 on the day. Perfect!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe processional. The maid of honour, ring bearer and flower girl have all arrived. Now it’s just my baby, all grown up and on her way to her new life. I love this picture. A short walk, but possibly the most important one of her life!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere comes the bride!


The happy couple, post-kiss!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The signing of the register. There were some legal loops here, because of course Dad isn’t really licensed to perform wedding in Missouri. So they were married at the court house the day before; the ceremony was for family, friends and celebration! To make it more official-like, Dad brought his Marriage Registry from Ontario.

Guess what? The Signing of the Register is not part of weddings in Missouri. Certainly nobody here but the Canadians knew what the heck was going on. Here, the bride is saying to the bemused among the guests, “It’s a Canadian thing!”

It’s also a darned good photo op, which even the bemused quickly realized. (The bride, groom, maid of honour and best man all sign.)


The whole fan-dambly. That’s me on the left, in the flowered dress, the brother, groom and bride, sister, and my wonderful husband.

wedding family

Happy Wedding, Happy Marriage!

It was a great day.


October 15, 2014 - Posted by | Canada, my kids, parenting | ,


  1. Loved this! Wow, I remember when they were teenagers….and she’d just been moving to the US for his grad school.

    Heehee. Yes, well. That’s true. She did move down with a fellow for his grad school. Then she (very wisely) broke up with him, stayed down there and was single for a year or two before meeting Mr Right. He’s a wonderful man.

    Comment by Hedy | October 15, 2014 | Reply

  2. Don’t you all look lovely! So impressive that it was almost all home-made as well, what a lovely personal touch. I really like the red flowers; what is the significance of the airplane necklaces?

    And I can’t believe that they don’t do the register signing in the USA. It’s one of the pivotal moments in a wedding! Maybe she will have started a trend 😉

    There is some discussion about that. Other family were in Missouri for a different American-Canadian wedding, and they say no one was surprised by the register. So I’ve really no idea what the facts are. But there is no doubt that the contingent of Americans at this wedding had no familiarity with it at all. However, even if it’s not done in Missouri, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t done in other states. So many things are done state-by-state.

    There was an airplane theme to the wedding because the groom loves planes. Necklaces, cufflinks, fun little wooden model biplanes on the buffet table at the reception, a huge wooden propeller that guests could sign with silver and gold Sharpies. Cute!

    Comment by May | October 15, 2014 | Reply

  3. So beautiful. I love her dress! Love it.

    Comment by evilhrlady | October 15, 2014 | Reply

  4. Absolutely lovely. Thank you for sharing, this made a much needed break in my hectic work day.

    Comment by Ailsa/Jackie | October 15, 2014 | Reply

  5. Congratulations! This looks like it was such a happy day, and so beautiful!

    Comment by LeighTX | October 15, 2014 | Reply

  6. Congratulations! What a beautiful venue and the dresses are gorgeous!

    Comment by Beth | October 15, 2014 | Reply

  7. Such a LOVELY wedding! Your daughters are beautiful – and so are you! (I would say you somehow look younger than you did in your own wedding photos from years ago…if that tells you how long I’ve been reading you!) I am so very impressed by the screen of flowers…that is so tricky but it’s so perfect!

    I’m fairly certain that no one in the U.S. signs the registry during the wedding…you get the certificate signed by your officiant afterwards and then either you or they turn it in, depending on the state. I know they do it in England, though – it was such a beautiful moment in my sister-in-laws’ wedding.

    Thank you so much for sharing the pictures!

    Comment by BeckaJo | October 15, 2014 | Reply

  8. Oh, how beautiful everyone is. Many blessings and wishes for every happiness. I somehow knew that she didn’t marry the grad student and have wondered about her often. How wonderful to see the “they lived happily ever after” part!

    Comment by Jan | October 16, 2014 | Reply

  9. Oh how beautiful you all are and everything is! Happy marriage to the happy couple!

    Comment by MsHuisHerself | October 16, 2014 | Reply

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  11. How wonderful – beautiful pictures! heartiest congratulations! It was great to finally get to see you too – you look amazing!

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