Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Our Daughter's Wedding ~ Simply Sweet and Full of Joy

Our daughter's wedding was held last week, and we are still enjoying the memories of the special moments that were held throughout the day. 

She was such a beautiful bride with a special glow of love and joy about her. 

They were married in a local wedding chapel called the Hitching Post officiated by a wonderful Christian man who shared wonderful advice and prayed for their life together.  

A cute snapshot of both our kids :) 

We went to the local city park to take pictures where there was a lovely waterfall. 

These pictures were taken while we were looking at the photographer,
so we are not looking directly at the camera, but I still love these pictures :)   

I had to put my sunglasses on for a bit... I am just completely blind in the sun without them!
Do any of you struggle with sunlight like this? 

Ryan, Danielle and our new son Zak

Our sweet children! 

Zak and Danielle with his family

Zak and Danielle with his parents

I love this picture with the two of them looking away from the camera. 

Another family picture

Mother and daughter :) 

The reception was held in a private dining room.  Amazingly, the colors of the chairs in this dining room perfectly matched the colors of her wedding!

Decor was very simple, yet so elegant... fairy lights, fresh flowers, tea lights, burlap and baubles. 

It was such a beautiful day in every way.  It was simple, elegant, and stress-free.  In Idaho, there are no witnesses needed for marriage, so it was just parents and siblings at the wedding in the little chapel.  Friends and family were invited to the reception.  Everything was very special about the entire day, and my heart was full of joy for the two of them to begin their life together in this way.  

A special poem comes to mind 
and I thought would be wonderful to share with you about marriage. 

“The Art Of Marriage”

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.
A good marriage must be created.
In the art of marriage the little things are the big things…

It is never being too old to hold hands.

It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.

It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude
of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation
and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.

It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience,
understanding and a sense of humor.

It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.

It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

It is discovering what marriage can be, at its best.

– by Wilferd Arlan Peterson

A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; 
as I have loved  you, that ye also love one another  John 13:34 

In essence, the blessing of marriage
is in truly loving your spouse 
as you would want to be loved. 

Our prayer is that Zak and Danielle together would be blessed abundantly in their journey of marriage together.  I spoke to them at the reception to remember that it takes three to complete a marriage, having the Lord in the midst of a marriage is the cementing of the bond that will hold through the ups and downs, troubles and triumphs, sorrows and joys that life will bring.  

In these uncertain times, beginning a life together 
may seem quite intimidating and full of challenges, 
but with the Lord in our midst... 
all will be well, 
in Him. 

Our heart is full and grateful for the new addition of a son to our family. 
I hope you enjoyed the pictures of their special day... many blessings to all! 


  1. You certainly had a beautiful wedding for your daughter. She's gorgeous. Your whole family is good looking. Wishing the happy couple the very best . Blessings to all, xoxo, Susie

  2. Thank you for sharing these beautiful wedding pictures. They make a lovely couple. May the Lord richly bless them. It was nice to see all of you and the pretty reception hall and the backdrop of the waterfall.

  3. Everything looked so wonderful especially the beautiful bride. Loved seeing all the photos of this special day. May God bless them and keep them through thick and thin!!

  4. Such a beautiful bride and groom.
    The day looked picture perfect, simple and elegant.
    I know you miss her, and at the same time are so excited to see her joined to a wonderful husband and new family.
    May God bless their union with His presence and guidance, love and joy.
    Hugs from Shirley

  5. Congratulations! She is a beautiful bride. I love the cowboy hat!

    1. Also...LOVE their unusual wedding cakes! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

  6. Oh Marilyn... what a lovely beautiful wedding... and the photos are just perfect. Your daughter is beautiful, inside and out.. and your son is quite the handsome guy! The pictures of Zak and your daughter just shine with their radiance from within. I loved seeing your family photos, you and your husband.. and your son.. and also Zak's family. What a wonderful place to get "hitched"!! the backdrop out front is perfect.. and then the park with the waterfall... wow.... wonderful place for photos and prolonging that special day. May God's love shine on them and protect them always, through their years to come. Hugs! Marilyn J

  7. Just gorgeous! Everything about it. Blessings to the young couple!

  8. Amazing pictures,just adorable...What precious time!Congratulations to all of you! Such happiness!God bless!

  9. Oh my goodness!!!!
    She is absolutely lovely!!!
    And so nice to see you...beautiful!
    It looks like a lovely day!
    God bless them!

  10. Just beautiful! A beautiful bride, and such nice photos. Congratulations to all!

  11. Oh Marylin... what joy! She was just radiant! congratulations to your lovely daughter and new son in love :)

  12. What a special, wonderful, beautiful day. Your daughter looks so much like her dad; such a beautiful bride. Wishing the new couple many blessings.

  13. Beautiful bride.. all the best of wishes to you all for happiness, health and joy!

  14. What a beautiful setting and equally beautiful couple! I wish them a wonderful marriage.

  15. Beautiful couple and beautiful day.
    May their love grow richer and sweeter with every passing day
    God bless.

  16. Marilyn, it looks like your daughter had a beautiful wedding with her handsome new husband. The Hitching Post is very popular for Spokane couples to go to also. I have attended a couple of weddings there. Everything is so perfect and I love her bouquet. I see your hand in much of the decorations. Thank you for sharing their special day with us. The pictures are wonderful.

  17. What a very beautiful wedding day, with all the families looking so lovely. Such a pretty bride in a delightfully simple dress.

  18. Congratulations on such a special day. May their love deepen as they grow together.

  19. Congratulations! Your daughter was lovely bride and you looked gorgeous, I'm so happy for you.

  20. Oh Marilyn, I saw these on your IG but they are so much better viewed large! Such a lovely wedding and family. May the Lord bless Zak and Danielle with many many years together!!!

  21. Oh, what a lovely and special day, Marilyn! Your daughter is breathtakingly beautiful in all these photos, and what a handsome family you have. May God abundantly bless Danielle and Zak as they begin this journey of love together!

  22. A big congratulations to the newlyweds and to you, too, sweet friend!! I know you are so excited to have a new "son" join your family!! I am so very happy for all of you and trust the Lord will richly and abundantly bless you! Sending much love to all of you today!!

  23. Oh what a beautiful bride, glowing mama, a blessed day! Thank you for inviting us into this very personal celebration of love, Marilyn ...

  24. Awe...such a sweet and beautiful wedding. Congratulations to the Bride and the Groom and to all of you, family. You are simply glowing dear lady in the pictures. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  25. Beautiful. Just breathtakingly beautiful.

  26. Weddings are so special and especially when it's your daughters wedding. The pictures are lovely and she is a beautiful bride! Such a sweet and simple wedding! I love it!

  27. Marilyn, how absolutely lovely! She's stunning, as is her mama! :) Very sweet memories. ♥

  28. Oh I just love looking at wedding photos! Your daughter is simply beautiful. Thank you for his sweet couple's day.

  29. Lovely wedding with a beautiful bride (love that dress) and groom. Congrats to the new couple. I'm sure they will be very happy together.

  30. What a lovely wedding! Beautiful bride and handsome groom. Loved all of the photos of this wonderful celebration. Thanks for sharing.

  31. These were just so lovely. They make a very beautiful couple and you could see the happiness and love on their faces. I enjoyed all the photos very much. A beautiful setting for the wedding.

  32. Beautiful couple, lovely photos! ๐Ÿ’–

  33. Oh how beautiful! What a lovely bride and handsome groom! They look so happy. Praying that God will bless their life together with much joy. Thank you for sharing this lovely day with us. So very happy for them.

  34. What a beautiful bride, a beautiful family and a beautiful day! Congratulations and wishes for a long happy life together!

  35. I am so happy for you all, Marilyn. Your family is lovely. Your daughter is beautiful. I absolutely love all the photos you shared.

  36. What a beautiful blog post!!! All the people, all the decorations, all the food, all the statements -- it's all absolutely wonderful. Thank you for sharing such beauty with us!

  37. The smiles say it all! What a beautiful, simple wedding. The bride and groom look so happy together. Your dress is also lovely!

  38. Marilyn...what beautiful moments were captures of a very special day! May the Lord bless their marriage and the new home that is being created.

  39. What a wonderful post. The photographs were so lovely to see, thank you so much for sharing this special day with your blogging friends.

    Congratulations to the newlyweds, I wish them every happiness.
    Gods Blessings.

    All the best Jan


  41. What a lovely couple and what a beautiful wedding...

    And they were married, on my husband's Birthday. ~smile~

    ๐Ÿ’› ๐Ÿ’› ๐Ÿ’›

  42. Oooooh Marilyn, what a gorgeous wedding and your daughter looked so beautiful!!!! The happy couple looked so wonderful on their special day. You, my dear, looked stunning in that gorgeous dress. Yes, I have to always have my sunglasses on when I'm outside, too. Thank you for sharing all the beautiful pictures of the special day. God bless the newly married couple.

  43. The wedding looks lovely! I especially love the family photos! Happy!


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