Richard and Shauna said their vows at the Von Hoffman House in Medora, South Dakota. It was such an honor to have been able to attend their weeding, despite living all the way over in China. The weather was perfect, and everything turned out beautifully. I enjoyed being part of the preparations that led up to the wedding, because it made the whole day that much more personal for me – All the little details, and all the love. Richard and Shauna had a wonderful wedding ceremony. Everyone assumed that I would have a ton of photos but without my trusty other half there, there’s not much you can do with a toddler to look after. I had my hands full so there wasn’t much time to take photos. I’m excited to see the pictures that the photographer took, but in the meantime… here are a few of the pictures that I managed to get.
Here comes the bride…
It was very hard for me to hold back the tears here. I walked down the aisle to the same song, Canon D, and there were only two things that I could think of in this moment – My brother is getting married!!, and boy oh boy, I really miss my husband right now! Richard and Shauna both looked amazing. I loved the look on my brother’s face… as they say, if you really want to see a beautiful moment, try to catch the look on the groom’s face when the bride comes down the aisle. Richard looked so proud.
My boy did not wake up happy from his afternoon nap. As you can see in the middle picture, above, he had been crying and his eyes were all red. We are not a complete unit with Justina round, so getting ready was quite a task, but everything came together perfectly, and we were seated and waiting before the magic began.
One of my favorite pictures from the ceremony….
There’s almost always something funny that happens during the wedding ceremony. Everyone’s trying being as formal as they can, and nothing that is being done has ever been done before, so sometimes unplanned things just happen. We all had a good laugh during the Sand Ceremony. Richard’s sand didn’t want to come out of his jar. The look on his face was priceless as he tried to shake the jar without disturbing the whole process. These are always some of my most favorite moments because they make wedding ceremonies real…. Life is never perfect, neither is marriage. It’s the little “hiccups” that make formal ceremonies more life-like. When Justin and I got married the wind kept interfering with the microphones, and while we were reading our vows we made a mistake and both read the same line incorrectly. Everyone burst out laughing – those are the moments that make things memorable.
After the ceremony we did family photos, and then the bridal party all jumped onto a wagon and a couple of horses took them on a short hay ride. Richard tried to get me to jump on, but there wasn’t room, so one of the groomsmen (who loves Eli very much) asked if he could take little man with. I lifted Eli up, and off he went.
I stood in the road, waving at Elijah… as you can see, above, he looks a little confused/ apprehensive.
Everyone had left the Von Hoffman House, and made their way over to the Reception venue, which was less than two blocks away. The ceremony was over. It was time to enjoy dinner, cut the cake, listen to a few speeches, and then dance the night away.
Next Up: The Wedding Reception