Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Sister's Wedding: Part 1 (Rehearsal Dinner)

I'm finally getting around to posting about my younger sister's wedding that happened on Saturday, October 13, 2012.  What a beautiful and blessed day it was!

This post is Part 1 of 3 posts about her wedding.

You can read My Sister's Wedding: Part 2 (Wedding Preparations) HERE
You can read My Sister's Wedding: Part 3 (The Wedding ) HERE

Family and friends gathered for bridal showers prior to the wedding date in July 2012 which you can view pictures HERE and then as the matron of honor, I hosted a shower for my sister in my home in August where I blogged about that fun day HERE.

On Friday night, October 12, 2012, family and friends gathered together for the rehearsal and dinner and here are a few pictures from this fun night....

My children meet their baby cousin for the first time.  Miss Piper is my brother's baby and she is so sweet and my children and I couldn't get enough of her! 

This is the groom's cake which is a Rottweiler dog because my sister's fiance has this type of dog.
This creative and cute cake was made by Larita at Carolina Cakes and Confections

This is my cousin Jennifer who I haven't seen since my wedding over 15 years ago!  It was great to see her after so long.  Jennifer is an author and wrote the book The Sassy Spoon Fun with Food by Jennifer Arricale.   "The Sassy Spoon is a collection of delicious yet easy recipes that are fun yet healthful, and is full of vegetarian recipes and ideas that are mainstream enough for even the heartiest of meat eaters to enjoy."  Be sure to visit her website and check out her book!

 My family

My parents, my sister, my future brother-in-law, and his parents

Bridesmaids with the bride-to-be with me on the far right
My 2 older brothers, me, and our sister
 All the siblings from both families with the future bride and groom

It was great to see so much family!  

Here is a picture of me reading the rehearsal dinner toast that I wrote in the form of a poem.  Here's what I read for my sweet sister and her soon-to-be husband as I read it for everyone for the first time.

A Wedding Rehearsal Toast for Soon-to-Be Mr. and Mrs. V. from the Matron of Honor, Tracy
October 12, 2012

On March 14th of ’78
my sister was born, it was great!
A few years after in ‘82,
a boy named Nick was born, it’s true!

One in the south, the other in the north, they lived and grew,
many miles apart, but neither knew
that they would someday meet and fall in love
and stand before us all, a blessing from above.

Jeanne, a NC State fan, through and through,
But little did she know that love can grow via connections with ECU
Michelle and Erica know the details of how Jeanne and Nick met
It was in June 2010 when Nick wanted to hit the beach and get wet.

I’m sure Jeanne agrees that Nick’s visit to the East Coast over two years ago
Was a wise decision since they felt how love can grow
Hearts flittered and fluttered after Jeanne met Nick V.
Next came many phone conversations and emails, the rest as they say, is history.

As the matron of honor, I have been asked to give this toast,
Ah, growing up with Jeanne has been fun and now it’s time to boast,
Of some memories I have with my younger sis
Listen carefully, these you don’t want to miss…

Nick, you must know that Jeanne almost lost a finger when she was about one
Yep, I slammed her thumb in the car door and it bled a ton!
Off to the emergency room we sped!
Miraculously, she’ll have all ten fingers when you wed.

Jeanne was in kindergarten when she wrote a book about how Jimmy and Matt liked to scream and shout,

These two special brothers loved to duke it out,
Basically the storyline was Matt ended up punching big bro,
Jeanne’s teacher was alarmed by the story, and Jimmy got in trouble, how was this so?

My sister learned very young about phone etiquette,
She was left at a friend’s house all by herself because Jeanne wasn’t out of the bathroom yet,
When a grown-up learned they had left Jeanne at home alone,
They called the house and Jeanne answered with a “Who’s this?” in a sweet, innocent tone.

I think Jimmy and Matt would agree with me,
That Jeanne always got her way as baby of the family,
I was sent away to college with a lemon that didn’t take me far,
And Jeanne enjoyed driving around town in a white Saturn, a shiny new car. 

Jeanne has a way with words and there is one question she asks a lot,
 “Is that normal?” is her most popular question whether she knows what she is talking about or not.
Another question my parents heard quite a bit,
 “Daddy, can I have some money? I’ll be your best friend and I won’t throw a fit.”  

Watching Jeanne in the kitchen has always been an adventure and that makes me smile,
As I witnessed her try to peel a bag of baby carrots, now that’s going to take a while!
It’s a good thing at her bridal shower I made her that recipe book,
Nick, Jeanne has come a long way from an amateur to now a great cook!

I promise this is the last story from me,
At age 4, Jeanne was in New York shopping with our Nanny
Nanny asked Jeanne if she liked toys,
With her big brown eyes, Jeanne looked up to Nanny and emphatically said, “No, I like boys!”

I’m happy to say that Jeanne found her boy
Jeanne, may you and Nick always know love and joy.
This toast is almost over and has been so much fun                                                              
Here in this River Room in downtown Wilmington.

We’re here to celebrate
your two lives leading up to this date
and the one life you’ll share starting now,
forever blessed by your wedding vow.
Jeanne, though I’m older than you,
you’ve always been one I’ve looked up to.
You’re full of class, spirit and life.
I know you’ll make a wonderful wife.
Nick, I’m proud to call you brother.
For Jeanne there could be no other.
Your love and humor are perfect for her.
I know you’re the one if ever there were.
So now let’s raise a glass and cheers:
To Jeanne and Nick, many happy years!

 Everyone enjoyed the toast including the happy couple!  It was so much fun to write and read!

You can read My Sister's Wedding: Part 2 (Wedding Preparations) HERE

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My Sister's Wedding: Part 2 (Wedding Preparations)

This post is Part 2 of 3 posts about my sister's wedding. 

You can read My Sister's Wedding: Part 1 (Rehearsal Dinner) HERE
You can read My Sister's Wedding: Part 3 (The Wedding) HERE

Early Saturday morning, October 12, 2012 (Yay! The big day is here!) before my sister's afternoon wedding, all the bridesmaids met at a local salon with my sister to relax and get pampered by getting our hair and makeup done.

Here are a few pictures from our fun morning to prepare for the wedding:

My sister's sister-in-law gave her this beautiful hanger that spells my sister's new married name with wire. 

My sister's hair and makeup are done!

Snapping a quick picture with my little sis

All of the bridesmaids took a picture with the bride-to-be before we headed to the church. 

Beautiful entrance to the wedding reception venue

 Me with my parents and my sister in the church parking lot

My sister, mom, and me just before we got our dresses on.

It won't be much longer to wait for Ms. B. to walk down the aisle and become Mrs. V. !!!!!

You can read  My Sister's Wedding: Part 3 (The Wedding) HERE

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My Sister's Wedding: Part 3 (The Wedding)

This post is Part 3 of 3 posts about my sister's wedding. 

You can read My Sister's Wedding: Part 1 (Rehearsal Dinner) HERE
You can read My Sister's Wedding: Part 2 (Wedding Preparations) HERE

So the big day finally arrived and family and friends gathered on a beautiful Saturday afternoon on October 13, 2012 to witness a wonderful marriage ceremony.   Here are pictures taken by the great photographers at Baca Photography! Thank you for capturing such special moments for my sister, her husband, and our family and friends!

My daughter on the left and in the middle handed out programs to guests while my oldest daughter on the right read Scripture during the ceremony and did a fabulous job!

My Mom with her girls

My sister with her sister-in-laws and me 

This is one of my favorites of my sister and Mom! 

Just before my sister walked down the aisle

My daughter reading during the ceremony

 The new Mr. and Mrs. V.!!!!  WooHoo!  

My family with my siblings and their families

Me with my sweet siblings

Our new "brother"

I love this picture of my children with their Aunt and new Uncle

My family
Our son was an altar server so all my children were excited to be a part of their Aunt's wedding!

The wedding party 

Here's the wedding cake which was made by Larita at Carolina Cakes and Confections who also made the dog groom cake for the rehearsal dinner the night before.  Beautiful and delicious!

One of the highlights of the reception was the photo booth that was provided by the DJ.  Guests were asked to use the props provided and have fun with their family and friends by taking snapshots.  These pictures were then placed in a scrapbook and used as the guest book so my sister could have a bunch of silly photos and well wishes this way!  It was a hit and my children were in the photo booth alot taking several different pictures!  They especially loved this idea!  Here's few of the many we took!
Here's just my hubby and me!

 Here's my husband and me with our children! 

And here I am with all the bridesmaids!
My husband dancing with our little girl at the fun reception

Our son is hiding behind me and didn't want to join in the family dance-a-thon

Daddy and Daughter with me and our other daughter in the background

My Dad and I

 All the girls!

Thanks again Baca Photography for all the great photos!

Mr. and Mrs. V., we wish you the best and may God bless your life and love for always!  We love you!   

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