Sunday, September 28, 2014

We love you Steph

After my fun in the back with the bride for a bit I went to my seat to wait for it all to begin.  The music started which sounded amazing in that cathedral.  The grandparents were seated and then this...

He did such a good job.

His brother carried this pillow amazingly as well.  Seriously though, he is so little and he did perfect.

He walked down that isle and stood by his daddy and his brother and was sooo good.  So was his brother the whole time.  They did great.

And I was so glad I had my camera ready for this next shot.  The music changed a bit and all of the sudden this beautiful red head slowly began walking down that isle.  When little Braydon caught sight of her-- he leaned way over and saw his completely gorgeous mommy walking toward them.  He was mesmerized.  He kept his attention on her the whole way there.  It was precious to see.

The rest of us were looking at her with love in our eyes too.

As Steph reached the alter, they bowed.

Then she was handed off to her groom and they stepped up to the alter near the Priest.

When they did this, the neatest thing happened.  Well at least in my opinion.  Our sweet little nephew Ryan (all by himself) broke out in applause.  It was very fitting.  We should have all followed his lead.  Way to go Ryan.   And yes,  I was camera ready.

I havent been to many Catholic weddings.  This one was so beautiful.

I loved the music.

I loved the prayers.

I loved the communion.

I loved the Bible readings...  Uncle Todd was blessed with this honor.

I loved the faces of our loved ones watching on.

All the way to the kiss.

At some point in the ceremony the children went to sit with family on the front row.  So as the couple were announced as Mr. and Mrs. Cabrera and they started back down the isle, they made a little stop.

And this little guy was some happy about it.

We are so happy for our sweet Stephanie.  We pray that Stephanie, Jose, Grayson, and Brayden will be happy together all of their days.

May God bless this little family in a big way.

 We love you Steph!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Before the Ceremony

On Saturday September 20th we drove around the corner from our hotel to this cathedral.  It was beautiful.

Inside and out

When we got there,  Zach was dressed to a T!  Uncle Todd was helping him fix his tie here with mawmaw and his dad  looking proudly on.

 It was so good to see our handsome sweet nephew Zach and spend time with him.

Stephanie hadn't made it to the church yet but her little Brayden was there.

Pretty soon though she walked through that door.  It was so good to see her and give her a hug.  Brayden got in on the hugging too.

I followed her back to the room where she was getting ready and hung out with her for a while.  So thankful to be able to do that.

 Her hair was so pretty.

Her veil was so pretty.

Her dress was- well- "so pretty" is certainly not adequate to describe it.  It was gorgeous.  I am normally not a fan of an off off white gown.  More of a traditional white speaks to me.  But this dress color was more than perfect for Stephanie.  It was the perfect compliment to her hair and coloring.

Her mom and cousin were being helpful.
 She and her cousin look so much alike.

 I just LOVE this picture of Stephanie and I .  She looks gorgeous.  I love her.

 A big THANK YOU to my sweet sweetheart who drove us ALL THE WAY to Corpus Christi and back for this wedding.  He is AWESOME!

 His smile says it all.  Thats how all of us felt about being able to attend this wedding.

Ceremony blog next!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Corpus Christi

 We made a trip we have never made before.  (I love going places we have never been.)  We headed to Corpus Christi.  STEPHANIE'S WEDDING!  (She is our beautiful niece)  It was a long drive but we are so thankful that we got to go.

We were so glad we got to spend time with little Ryan.  He is Mickeys grandson.  Zach's little boy.  We brought him a toy to open.  This is Uncle Todd putting it together.

 This is Pawpaw (Mic) with Ryan checking out the water.

Turns out Corpus Christi is very windy.  Yea I think they picked the wrong city to call Windy City.  Sorry Chicago.  But hey, if you can move Mawmaw's hair around -- It's windy!

We saw this dead puffer fish at the waters edge.  Gross!

We had dinner before the wedding at the hotel.  These sweet boys- Ryan on the left and Grayson on the right- were looking at the boats across the way.  It looks like they are just looking at the road, but the water was over there, trust me.

While we were waiting for our food they got a little restless though, so I let them take turns using my camera.  Ryan snapped this one of me and Grayson.  Excuse my "look".  I as you can see had not finished my hair.  Or started it actually.  Todd and I had just been on a walk at the waters edge in the wind.  So yea...

Then Grayson got this one of Ryan and me.

And I dont know what this face is about but Ryan captured it.

We had to get a little creative because the wait was a little longer than expected.  FUNNY FACES!

Seriously we enjoyed getting to spend time with these sweethearts.  They were very good.
After lunch was over it was time to tame my hair and get ready for Graysons' mommy's wedding.

Wedding post ahead!!!!!