Friday night - the rehearsal and dinner for about 30 people.
I made four lasagnas, three salads and Sarah made cookie bars.
The wedding and reception were held at the New Hope Bible Church which is a fairly new building with one large room that serves as both the sanctuary and multi-purpose room.
So we had 220 chairs set up for the ceremony and then after moved 120 of them to the tables and lined the walls with the remaining to make room for a dance floor.
Emmy was so excited to wear her "fancy dress and fancy shoes".
I bought both at an online consignment shop thredup.com, the dress was $7.00 and the shoes about the same.
The big day.
Thomas was Nolan's best man and here he is with his girlfriend, Sam. Sam was an amazing help on both Friday and Saturday with all of the preparations and then helping to serve at the wedding.
Mike made the arbor and birch "trees".
Abraham was the ring bearer.
Here comes the bride.
They may only be 18, but they can grow up together and be each other's one and only love for the rest of their lives.
Our already large family is expanding even more!
All went so beautifully beginning with perfect weather - blue sky with big puffy clouds and about 73 degrees.
It was in a modern church sanctuary but the decorations all came together with a rustic, elegant, simple theme of wood, lace and pink.
It was truly a wonderful time filled with love. I know it sounds trite, but the atmosphere was amazing - supportive, loving and happy - filled with family and friends. Nolan and Rachel wrote their own wedding vows which brought the tears. Thomas gave a toast that brought tears once again, and I danced the mother/son dance with Nolan to What a Wonderful World, the same song my Dad and I danced too on my wedding day.
Nolan and Rachel changed and left by the early evening on their way to their honeymoon in northern New Hampshire for a few days in their car decorated with window crayons, cans and filled in the inside with balloons.
That night we had my family over and we played, gave the city folk a crash course in country living, and had smores by the camp fire.
All is good.