Saturday, January 9, 2010

Winter Gives Way to Spring--A Celebration

It has been an interesting week filled with tender emotions. On Tuesday we said farewell to a life well lived, and today we celebrated with my niece Riki and her husband John, as they began their lives together. ---- A testimony that winter gives way to spring, and that sorrow can be overcome by hope.

But most importantly, this week has strengthened my faith that families can be together forever. This life is not the end, but rather the family unit began today can exist beyond death, and someday we can be reunited with those who have passed on.

How grateful I am for the gospel of Jesus Christ and my knowledge of the Plan of Salvation!!

Riki and John as they exit the Mesa Temple

One more kiss before getting in their carriage

Four of the bridesmaids--and all cousins

The father of the bride visits with one of Riki's uncles, while two other uncles visit in the back.
The wedding celebration was held at the Wright House in Mesa.
The grounds were gorgeous and the weather was perfect!

Everyone had a great time.

Especially the little flower girls who spent much of the time playing in the fountain.

Although it was a long day for Carly. She just couldn't stay awake. Luckily she has a wonderful grandpa who takes good care of her.

The cake was not only beautiful, but also delicious. Each layer was a different flavor.
Our favorite was the lemon cranberry.

Thankfully there was no smashing of the cake in the face!

After all the fun, the bride and groom headed off for their honeymoon. Everyone else in the family went to the BYU-H vs Grand Canyon basketball game.
We invited them, but John very politely turned us down.
We wish them the very best as they begin their journey together.
May it bring them great joy!


MissKris said...

Beautiful pictures! I almost feel like I got to be there! :)
BUT I do have to say that I wish that one more picture had been taken and included- I really want to see a full body shot of Michelle in her new dress!

Nikia, May and da kids said...

I am so grateful for temple weddings and sealings. It takes the focus off of stressing over spending elaborate amounts of money on a wedding ceremony and reception. Or atleast where to distribute the reception funds, like maybe on the cake, an elegant dress, food and decorations. Usually Mormon weddings aren't over the top elaborate because the sealing for all time and eternity are what is important. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos.


Lisa said...

I love the grounds of the Wright House. I've been to a few receptions there. I was right by the temple today too. Tyler and I went to the distribution center.

Momza said...

Sweet couple...looks so spring-ish there while it is BRRR cold here!
Life goes on no matter who drops in or just keeps moving, even when you wish it would hit "pause" for a moment...for the happy and the sorrowful times.

Jenny-Jenny said...

Thank you for your thoughts on eternity. What a blend of it all you've had this week.

Neil and Meredith Larson said...

Everyone and everything looked great. I was sad to miss all the family gatherings recently so it was great to see some pictures. I'll have to plan the timing with baby number three better. Thanks :)

Rebecca Irvine said...

I love the pictures. The Wright House is such a great place for a reception. Looks like a fun day.

Lisa said...

Small world! My daughter just told me that your niece is the choir teacher at her school. They worked together during the school play.

JustMEtheMOM said...

I agree - I count my blessings every day. Can't imagine life with out my faith.

Love the photos - they are beautiful. What a handsome couple. Love the cake - soooo gorgeous. Looks like a beautiful time, certainly more 'spring' than winter'.


Together We Save said...

Those are beautiful pictures and sentiments. How wonderful!!