"Let's take the four children to Disney World. Oh yes, and while we are there,
let's blend our families and get married!"
Watching fireworks the night before the wedding.
The wedding day arrives and so does the hairdresser/make-up artist.
Everyone gets their locks curled and coiffed.
The bride paints the toenails of one of her flower girls.
The resourceful groom irons his wedding Bermuda shorts.
The bride receives text messages of well wishes from back home.
Time to put on dresses and shoes and head to the hotel lobby
to greet the minister and photographer.
Bride, maid of honor and flower girls talk to the minister
before he heads upstairs to meet the groom and best man.
The photographer arrives and begins his task.
The beautiful bride is the eldest of our three children.
Posing with her orange calla lilies and pink roses bouquet.
The ceremony will take place on a balcony in front of the tall window
above the waterfalls.
The groom, minister and best man discuss last minute details.
There are those well-ironed Bermuda shorts, and sandaled feet
at this very casual, child-centered wedding.
Two flower-girls have strewn the path with orange and pink rose petals.
Bride and maid of honor (bride's eldest daughter) follow the petaled path.
The ceremony begins with all the members of this future family
The best man has just handed the groom's ring to the minister.
A sand ceremony symbolizes the merging of six individuals
from two families, into one.
Each member of the new family has chosen a color of sand
to represent them and pours it into one glass vase.
The children join in the champagne toast with a non-alcoholic beverage.
The new couple will begin their life with a six person honeymoon!
Darling daughter seems to be bursting with joy while the photographer
composes a shot.
The youngest of my daughter's children checks in with her joyful Mom.
The happy couple have a shared moment of delight.
A beautiful wedding supper with family and guests includes the requisite cake -
this one decorated with mickey mouse ears for the children!
I know I'm biased, but truly, this is one beautiful family!
After the supper and a change of clothes, a private boat ride
takes the new family and wedding guests
to enjoy more fireworks.
May this marriage and family be blessed with love, joy, harmony and health.