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Thursday, July 22, 2010

A BIG Day

We ventured to Roseau, MN for the wedding of our awesome friend/former babysitter/"sister" Greta. It was so great to be a part of such an amazing day. Greta looked BEAUTIFUL, the day was bright and sunny (after a quick shower in the morning) and the wedding & reception were a true celebration. We have known Greta since she was 12 and have spent TONS of time together. She was a God send for us as a babysitter, also as a helper & encourager when we bought the theatre and worked like crazy to get it open and of course for me as a friend. She means the world to us and we are so excited for her to find such an awesome guy to spend the rest of her life with!
Isaac had the privilege of being the ring bearer and did an awesome job. After going through the rehearsal we were slightly concerned. He was really uneasy and shy and even started crying on his way back down the aisle. Thankfully, he did walked down the aisle, stayed up there the whole service and walked down with no problems. Half way through the ceremony he started to blink like crazy then wipe his eyes a bunch but he pulled himself together. I think he just got a bit overwhelmed. The flower girl was a little cutie named Kajsa (Kigh-su). She is only 3 days younger than Isaac. She was so funny - while waiting to do pictures she sighed and said, "this is hard work"
Isn't his outfit cute!! He was one sharp looking 5 year old!!Greta and Tom during the picture taking process. All the pictures were taken before the ceremony at a really cool outdoor place with lots of old buildings. They got them all done in 1.5 hours! Pretty impressive :-)
The wedding party consisted of:
(on Tom's side) Tom's 2 sisters, Kari and Rebekah and his two brother-in-laws, Ben and Jordan
(on Greta's side) Greta's two sisters, Erica and Ingrid, her sister-in-law Heidi and her brother Aaron
I loved the bridal parties attire - the deep purple dresses looked awesome with the orange shirts and the bright colorful flowers.
Greta's dress was SO PRETTY. It was elegant yet simple. It had a really soft sheer overlay with lots of embroidery down it. Heidi did her hair and it looked great too. It was all twisted up with simple white flowers in it. I am not sure I got a picture of her hair - that's a bummer!
Just the girls
and now for the guys
There was a really neat old church there that you could go inside. It was great to get some pics in there
Greta, Aaron and Heidi waiting for another picture. It was a cool pic - all the couples were scattered throughout the pews but mine didn't work out. Guess you will have to wait for the real deal from Greta (I am sure she will post them on her blog - right Greta!) :-)

I love this picture of Tom and Greta. It was not a posed pic just a glimpse of two people who are thrilled to have each other and are very much in love!
This pic was great! You would be surprised to know how long it took for the guys to "stagger themselves" as they were instructed. They were either all down, all up, or in a straight line. It was so funny :-)
Not only do we think Greta is the best - we also think her parents are too! Her whole family is awesome. Greta's wedding was not only a celebration with her but with them as well. Val and Sheldon have arrived to get their pics with the bride and groom.
Back at the church and guests are arriving in droves :-) There were nearly 375 people there! Madison was in charge of the gift table and she was in awe of all the gifts. She said she really wished she could watch Greta open them all and see what was in there. She also said she was pretty sure that they got at least a few of the same things :-) Funny little analytical girl. She was not happy with this picture of her but it was all I could get (there were so many people that I had to just take one quick)
Val and Aaron
Aaron and Heidi. I tried to get a picture of Erica and Ingrid but it didn't work out.
Isaac and Kajsa looking a tad uncomfortable. I was afraid when he saw all the people he would freeze but he didn't. He didn't smile like we instructed him but that's okay - he did great.
Sheldon's first experience with giving away a daughter.
Hey, I guess I did get a pic of the back of her hair :-) So pretty! I love seeing Tom in this picture - he looks so happy. They were both smiling like none other the entire day!
Our serious little Isaac. Such a strange departure from his normal silly, theatrical self :-)
I love how they are holding hands. They both did just what they were told - it was really cute.
I love this picture of Sheldon and Isaac.
At the reception shortly before Greta and Tom left.
Cleaning up the city center provided some comic relief, especially watching Ingrid and Erica trying to sweep up with this tiny broom. I couldn't resist taking a picture :-)

Hannah is always right there wanting to help. She also informed me that her dress was "just like Greta's" Of course the similarities stopped at the color but that didn't stop her from feeling very special :-)
I really like this pic too. Madison was with her friends nonstop so I didn't get a chance to take one with her in it.
The kids occupying themselves while we helped clean up. The are really studying those flowers :-)
It was such a beautiful celebration and a day we wouldn't miss for the world. Congratulations Tom and Greta!!!

3 comments:

Greta Marie said...

Amber, thanks for taking SO many great pictures! Tom and I are just waiting for our plane to leave Florida and really enjoyed looking at these, as they are the first pictures we've seen from the wedding! :) I'm going to send you an email now, too. :) Thanks again! It was SOO fun to see you guys!

Karmen said...

Yay! I've been waiting to see some pictures. so so pretty!

Coriander said...

Lovely pictures! Great post. Thanks for posting!