With Love Everything is Magical

I mentioned in the last blog about my son’s upcoming wedding, so I thought I’d better share some pictures this time around.  I’ll admit, back in May when Kait and JP took us out to the ranch where they intended to wed, I didn’t quite get the vision.  This is what I saw.  IMG_0807

Kait said she’d ride a horse from the trees over there, around the pond over to the oak tree, and the wedding would continue from there.  JP said they’d rent a big tent and place it over to the right of the ancient oak for the reception.  IMG_0806

I looked.  I squinted, trying to see their vision.  Well, all of my doubts got blown away last Saturday when every single beautiful detail, including clear but nippy weather, fell into place.



Let’s start with the pictures from the rehearsal dinner Friday night and move on to some pre wedding shots, then the vows and the reception.

Me just about ready to leave the hotel IMG_0836

IMG_0812IMG_0855J.P. waiting for the bride, and yes, the groom wore boots (does that sound like a romance book title or what? LOL).  Proud Mom and Pop waiting in the nippy afternoon for the festivities to begin.IMG_0887




The Bride making her gorgeous entrance to the sound of haunting Celtic violins.  So, so beautiful.



10713012_10203068561730318_6875541217387143555_nThe vows and kiss. 10532355_766999666706671_925114276916351152_n






The fun begins!


10169244_767000190039952_2530898192139371288_n1374088_767000090039962_5989436918748310954_nThe music and dancing were great, and the Mother-Son dance was the most I got to talk to my son all day!  The tent was cozy and warm, and the food was excellent southern style. Yum!

The happy couple tried to keep costs down and Kait worked like a fiend on every little detail, and together they pulled off their magical night without going into horrible debt.  Now they save for a real honeymoon.  Fingers crossed it will happen next year.

I hope you enjoyed the photos of the big day!  All I can say was it was magical.  So remember, when you’re squinting and trying to see someone else’s vision, have faith all will work out.

Until next time, make it a great one!



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25 Responses to With Love Everything is Magical

  1. Just gorgeous! I love the bride and groom’s choices. They certainly made it their own. And you, my dear, look absolutely stunningly beautiful in that dress. I’m so glad you had fun.

  2. robena grant says:

    Wow! Kudos to them for sticking with a budget and showing that it can be done with style. Everything looked wonderful in those photos. And you looked gorgeous. I loved what you had to say about squinting and trying to imagine someone else’s vision, and then trusting that all will be well. Sometimes we just have to let go and trust in the magic.

    • Robena – I’m a believer! Yes, we have to trust the magic of vision. We are blessed with soooo much positive energy (for wont of a better word). Nothing is perfect. It was chilly, heels sunk in the mulch, lol, the wind kicked up earlier, but amazingly settled during the important times, and yes, magical energy took control.

      Love it!

  3. Oh, Lynne! How gorgeous! Congratulations to you and your family. Everything looks so beautiful. 🙂

  4. Beautiful wedding pics. Beautiful bride! Everyone looks gorgeous and your son looks so happy. You don’t look a day older than the pics from your daughters wedding.

    • Hi Charlene – thanks so much for all the compliments. When it comes to me not looking older than 7 years ago, though, you lie, but thanks anyway! LOL You’re a peach.

  5. Everything looks lovely, including the gorgeous mother of the groom!

  6. Dee J. says:

    How beautiful! Everyone looks so happy! And pretty! Except for J.P. who looks handsome. LOL. What a gorgeous venue! Congrats to the mother (and father) of the groom!

  7. Wow! I love it. Thanks for sharing.

    I don’t understand the expensive weddings when you can do something so lovely like this on a budget.

    Great pics!

    • I agree, Pamela. We want our young women to have their special day, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. This vision fit Kait and JP perfectly, and everyone understood how special it was. No stretch limo required! LOL

  8. Thank you, Dee J. – Those kids really pulled it off and though they went over their budget, it won’t send them to the poor house. LOL.

    I couldn’t believe how calm J.P. was. I think his military training made a difference.

  9. Kady Winter says:

    What a fabulous event, Lynne! Congratulations to all of your growing family! I just read recently that couples that spend more than $20,000 on their wedding are more likely to get divorced than couples spending $5,000 to $10,000, so your son and daughter-in-law seem to be on to something! 😉

    • Hi Kady!
      Thanks so much for stopping by.
      I agree totally with your comment. My husband and I got married in the judge’s chambers in Ventura with our witnesses. The next night we had a party at Bill’s house. The most we spent was on the caterer and the cake. Good memories just the same, you know?

      May Kaitlyn and John-Phillip share many years to come!

  10. Sylvie Fox says:

    Amazing pictures. Sounds like a wonderful time. Congrats to your (expanding) family.

    • Thank you, Sylvie. I don’t look forward to being a long distance grandmother. : ( Not that I’m rushing the newlyweds or anything! LOL I hope they take a couple of years to enjoy each other. Heck between them they already have two dogs and a cat.

  11. Sam Beck says:

    Gorgeous wedding…and you are the hottest mother of the groom in your sleek, shiny dress! I think you hit upon one really important point, and that being the event should fit the couples’ vision of their special day. Love is what makes it beautiful. (Host bar doesn’t hurt).

    • Agreed, Sam, on fitting the couples’ vision for their day. Funny about the bar – they weren’t going to provide anything beyond champagne for a toast, but then bought a keg from a nearby brewery and got some two buck chuck (which is just fine in my book) in red and white. We all had a great time.

      Thanks for liking my dress. I’m glad I lost weight since last year!

  12. How beautiful!! Thanks for sharing pictures and huge congrats to everyone!

  13. HI Robin! Thank you.

    I couldn’t keep myself from sharing. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  14. I’ve never seen a bride enter on horseback and the Celtic music sounds magical. Thanks for the timely reminder to never interfer in someone else’s vision.

    • Hi Susan – I’m glad my awakening is useful for you, too. Sometimes we cone down our vision too much in our “older wisdom” but the price we pay is less magic, right?

      I think the picture of her on the horse belongs on a Historical Romance Novel. 🙂
      Thanks for reading and commenting.