Ending a great day with an even better party

A canvas photograph that is from their engagement pictures taken in Glacier National Park....St. Mary's Lake of course!

Linden and Jesse had decided from the beginning to go all out for their reception. On everything. The food was amazing. An italian feast of sorts. Everything was in black and white…gorgeous. They even got the crazy DJ package that included all of the bells and whistles….you know the one with the smoke that comes out on the dance floor? Overall, the DJ was good (would have been better had it not been for the 20 minutes of PURE PANIC when he realized his phone was dead, and “oops, by the way…that is where I have your first dance, father/daughter dance and mother of the groom stored” didn’t happen). Yeah, uh huh…he didn’t get real rave reviews from the fam after that. Simply because that was a bad move at such an elegant affair. Never fear, Adam had the cord he needed in his truck (did I ever tell you the story when I realized I didn’t have any veggies to go with our supper one night and Adam said casually, “oh, I have some canned corn in the car” and went and grabbed me a can”~the guy keeps the strangest things in his vehicles and they always seem to come in hand!

The party was great…we made it to the very last song. My favorite part though was when Linden, accompanied by a grand piano only serenaded Jesse. You see, she has a beautiful voice and is just amazing to listen to…she continued to sing all through college and in graduate school. It was a true gift to see and difficult for her to do, I am sure.  The next morning everyone, including the new married couple, had brunch and watched them open gifts before they took off for Fiji. A truly wonderful weekend, I  tell ya’.

Big brother Brett and his wife, Michelle

Perhaps Jesse's most profitable dollar dance...Jett flew in from back East. Jesse and he played ball together at PENN. What's up with the skirt, you may ask? Yeah, me too. Supposedly it is just kind of a joke that he does for "important" things. Never fear, though...the guy's a cutie!

“THE” photo booth

Jesse and Linden wanted a photo booth at their reception. It has kind of become a fun thing for people to have photo booths at their receptions but often times the photos are taken just for the couple and if the guests want to they can go on-line later to order their photo. Jesse posed the idea to Adam and being the computer guy that he is…Adam ran with it.

People watching the screen showing the people inside the booth. Also: the big black and white picutre of Jesse & Linden on the side was a surprise from Adam that he was able to get printed through his company too.

He made an awesome photo booth for their wedding. I had no idea what all would go into this project! Someone from the software division in his company helped him design the software for the booth. It is amazing. It has a screen on the outside so people walking by or standing there can see what the people in the booth are doing. Once in the booth you have the option of having your photo taken or taking a video message for the Bride & Groom. It prints out right after it takes your photo…he built a light into the top so there would be enough lighting.

Towards the end of the night...the couple themselves finally had a chance of their own!

Jesse and Linden had a logo that they designed and once Adam digitized it he added it to the photo booth cards so it was basically an AWESOME wedding favor.

The favor was an actual 4X6 photo greeting card size!

Uncle Adam & Calissa Jo

My older brother and his family

The groom's party got ready at the country club where the reception was held so naturally "played" with the booth before the wedding. Jesse, Adam, my older brother Brett and my sister's husband, Rick

me & mine

Love in the garden

I remember meeting Linden. They were in 10th grade. Adam and I were living in Montana at the time and it was winter/spring and I flew in as a surprise for Jesse during state wrestling. She seemed quiet. Very pretty. Tiny and small. Jesse isn’t (sorry brother but it’s the truth). Fast forward ten years:

Linden & Jesse’s wedding was outdoors and was actually held in Linden’s parents backyard. Now. Previous times I have been in the backyard and thought to myself, 250-300 people sitting here…..ahhhh, not gonna happen! This was to be an elaborate elegant event. With many in attendance.

But.

Can I just say oh my goodness. Holy smokes. The place was gorgeous. Her father has a talent (a green-thumb for lack of a better term) for this sort of thing and it was magical. Puremagic. There were even a couple of small ponds with lilly pads and fish. The seating for the wedding guests extending out into their driveway which had fresh new white rock so was just perfect! I just can’t describe it. Was it hot? Yes. Very. But it was so beautiful and so very much what Linden envisioned (I think) and she glowed which made everything even more fabulous! There were bottles of water with their initials printed on them with the “ingrediants of marriage” printed onto them handed to guests as they arrived.

Rather than bubbles or bird seed, we threw the rose petals from all of the roses Jesse has given her over the years. There was a string quartet and they were married by “the Rev”; a wonderful man that we came to know as the “team pastor” for U of Penn when Jesse was playing Football. He flew in to marry them before he and his family leaves to go live in Paris indefinitely to be missionaries.

Later when I was dancing with Jesse at the wedding he told me he made himself look at the ground when the Bride’s procession was playing. He didn’t want to get “just a glimpse” of his bride. He waited until she was about just 10 seconds away and then looked up so he could see her in full view.