(By the way... I took over 350 pictures.)
This was the prayer that Nana held over the bridal party that was present for breakfast.
Then... we headed to our favorite hairstylist, Alissa Kalish, from Tease Me Salon. Alissa is the BEST!!! She did the makeup and hair for Kristin and Katy and did my hair too! We love her! More about how fabulous she is later...
After the girls left and I was being "glamourfied"... I took their luggage and checked them into their honeymoon room for the night.
Let's talk about how much luggage my niece can pack for a weeklong stay in Florida. Well... let's just say it took me about 30 minutes to get them into the hotel... and that was using a CART!!
But here is the ante-room of their suite. I'm not showing the bedroom. Just cause that's a little too intimate.
By the time I got changed and over to the church, the wedding party was having their pictures made outside. We were very lucky in that the Lord held off the rain in order for the pictures to be taken in the garden that was on the church property. I can't wait to see them.
As for the family of the bride... let's just say... we like to have a good time. Can you tell?
Here are the girl cousins: Allison, Kristin and Katy
Here's Uncle Earl giving last minute advice. It must have been good!!
I was threatening to plant a big smooch right on Kristin's lips... like I did when she was a baby. She always wanted me to kiss her when I wore bright lipstick so she could have lipstick too. I did that with all my babies (that I have not birthed). She wasn't so excited about me planting one on her on her wedding day. I can't for the life of me figure out why...
So... we touched noses instead. It made my day.
So... let's talk for a minute about Alissa Kalish and how FABULOUS she is! Not ONLY did she work on the bride, maid of honor and crazy aunt in her salon that morning... she packed up all her stuff and came to the church JUST to do touch-ups and make sure everyone had great hair for the big event.
Oh. My. Word. With as humid and rainy as the day was, Alissa was INVALUABLE. Let me encourage ANYONE in the middle Tennessee area who needs a fabulous stylist... who is an absolutely wonderful person... contact Alissa at Tease Me Salon in Smyrna. Her phone number is 615-625-3472. Tell her the Bell girls recommended you. You will just LOVE her. I'm telling you. She's great!
Okay. Shameless plug is over (and she doesn't even know I'm doing this) Back to the day in pictures:
Here's the LARGEST. WEDDING. PARTY. EVER. lining up. That lady in the pink is my friend Heidi. She coordinated the efforts. We were very grateful for her.
Whilst they are congregating... we get a glimpse of a little father/daughter time. I have to thank my friend Requelle for taking this shot. I left my camera with her (I KNOW!!! I let someone else have my camera!) so I could go sit down in the worship center and shed a tear or two.
Oh, alright. It was probably five!
Requelle also snapped this picture, which is just darling...
And before you knew it... my baby was married! She has a new last name now. I have a new nephew-in-law, so it's all good.
This is my GQ nephew and his cousin Allison. He was quite the stud and she is always so pretty!
Time to cut the cake and toast the couple. KatyBell (all one word) did a great job of the toast! It was fun and sweet all at the same time. Kinda like KatyBell!
Then came the dancing... First with the new husband David:
Wait just one second! That's more kissin' than dancing! Oh well. They really get to do that sort of thing now!
Then came the dance with the Daddy:
Pause a moment to wipe the eye...
Okay, now it's line dancing time!
And one more plug for great friends! Here's Heidi and Requelle, without whom I would have surely lost my mind. They are great! And fun! Which makes them great fun!
And then there is Brent Gambrell. All around best friend and officiate of the wedding.
I like to call him different names at any given time. Brandt Dantranbrell is a favorite of mine. He got that moniker after receiving a piece of junk mail addressed to him as such. He and I were going to lose a lot of weight together before the wedding. Didn't happen. I'll blame him. It is much easier than realizing my own inefficiencies in that department.
And since they forgot to throw the bouquet and garter before changing clothes... we did this as they were going away. Silly kids!
And now, it begins...
All my love and then some to the new Mr. and Mrs. David Johnson!