Yeah. Murphy’s Law struck our household again. After spending oh, I don’t know a hundred hours preparing our for our wedding of the year contest – THEN my hubby who has Type1 Diabetes and shakes ALL THE TIME was so tired he put a screwdriver into that electric plug thingy to take out the battery. OOPS. Then I decided NOT to listen to my dentist of a few years ago and cracked my tooth in half. NO MORE CHEWING ICE. THEN, as my web designer and I were preparing to launch our new mobile ready website – disaster struck. (Thank God for full, overwrite protected backups) 29 breath-holding hours, we restored the website BUT, alas, I forgot to protect WordPress. Dumb. SO, here is my best attempt to re-write a story about my son and his new bride. Here it goes at my attempt to re-write my previous post (Yes Rob, I saved it in Word.)
When my son Billy was pretty small, 5th grade in fact, he and I were sitting at rehearsals for his dance show, and he announced to me in a deep sigh, “I so want to be married”. My son, you see, was a romantic and liked having his ducks in a row. So, while at Disney working after graduating from business school, he met his fiancée Juanita there although while they worked there they didn’t date. Then Billy moved to California (sigh) to set out to conquer the world but they stayed in touch. A few months after living there, and many calls later, they started dating. At first it was long distance as she had now finished her college internship program with “The Mouse” and moved back to Reno while Billy was living in Modesto. Luckily, they were just a quick drive from one another over the Rockies. A few short months later, Billy announced he was engaged, and while we were happy for him, I knew that the picket fence was what Billy had long searched for. Plans were for a wedding 12 months later, but after months of planning a Nevada wedding, we got a call from Billy and Juanita because, quite honestly, my son couldn’t wait to get married. Like I said, this is something he dreamt about since, oh, I don’t know, 5th grade. So, with less than 6 weeks’ notice, we found ourselves flying to Denver for their wedding in their new home town. We all will be celebrating as planned this summer on the original date, but even though it wasn’t as I would have planned, it was the most intimate, loving and special day for me, yep a mom in the wedding business for all of these years.
I DO know how Martha Stewart must have felt when her daughter Alexa decided to basically run off and get married. My son Bill did not quite do that but we were surprised when my son and fiancé decided to move their wedding from August to March. But you know what? Even though there were just a dozen or so guests, they pulled it off and it was the most intimate, wonderful occasion where we, his brother, dad and I – along with Juanita’s mom and her closet friends – pulled off quite a number of surprises. Lucky for us, this beautiful woman, my new daughter-in-law has the same heart of gold as my son and relaxed style.
And, as Walt Disney himself would say, it all started with a mouse.
Of course I would be a bad mother if I didn’t say “MY SONS WEDDING WAS THE BEST IN THE ENTIRE WORLD”, correct? But actually, we named their wedding our favorite “Intimate Wedding of the Year.” Gosh, we had so much fun though at first I wanted to kill him because I was worried about my youngest mid-terms 2 days later (Teddy only flew in for 12 years). After all, mom’s never stop worrying about grades, huh? I can’t forget what a nice time we had in the hectic hours leading up to his wedding.
Originally I had planned creating new designs for the 500 flower girls I was hoping they would have, but those plans went out the window when they moved up the date. As a surprise to Juanita, her sister brought her niece and on Thursday they let us know they needed a flower girl dress. I threw the bride’s color scheme for a loop because I brought along, after some alterations, my favorite dress from our Fairytale Collection (and my favorite color) and hopped on a plane Friday morning.
The morning of the wedding there were haircuts (thank you Teddy for cooperating after no sleep), a quick run to Men’s Warehouse for better coordinating shirts and Tiffany blue ties, dry cleaners and some package drop offs (yeah, even on vacation I am always working). At 5pm, we gathered together at a beautiful venue in Denver. His cousin, my niece and her now-fiance picked up 3-sizes of the most delicious cheesecake (thank you Cheesecake Factory in Boulder) topped with a newly purchased glass topper of Cinderella’s Castle that Jim and I picked up Thursday night at Disney for a surprise! After the ceremony, the 20 or so guests gathered at a restaurant for the Wedding Reception. Oh, I was even able to sing to Billy the song we practiced around his dancing and performing days, “My Best Beau” to the guests and yep, barely made it through, sobbing. It was really touching for me that he joined in.
SO how could I not include one of my children’s wedding?
I loved their first look photo as they both said a prayer with the pastor.
These two are never serious, his brother Ted served as Bill’s best man.
Nice socks, Teddy!
Always a Disney Dream.
Eh… I did choose two other wonderful and beautiful weddings to be included in our yearly contest but for me, there was no other Wedding of the Year. I will be writing about them in our regular, Pegeen Flower Girl Dress Blog but this blog is really about Life, Love, Home and Work. And my crazy, loving family.