The Wedding Bowl, La Jolla
I don't even know where to begin. There is so much that could be said about this last week. The family was all together for Alana's wedding to Brain on September 3. It was a beautiful day (slightly hot for San Diego) and everything went smoothly. We spent the night before putting together the bouquets for the chairs and the flowers looked gorgeous. Alana ordered specific ones that she liked as well as had some meaning; like one called kangaroo paw which represented how they live in Australia. It has been over 2 1/2 years since I have seen my little sister and it was sooooo great to be together again and see how glowing and happy she is. My older brother, Nathan, walked her down the isle since Dad wasn't able to leave the mission. All the little girls were in matching dresses and looked so pretty. I spent weeks getting ideas for doing their hair and mine. I had intended on wearing my hair down since it is so long now, but it was too hot for that so everyone got an updo in our house. The boys all wore matching ties in either red or yellow and looked so handsome. Everything went off without a hitch. Alana asked me to do a reading for the ceremony and I was a little stressed about finding just the right one, but did eventually settle on Blessing For A Marriage by James Dillet Freeman and it was perfect. I even got a little teary as I read it. Alana looked stunning in her gown and everyone was just grinning. Paisley didn't cooperate with picture taking, but I should have expected that to happen. I was so glad to be able to spend a few days getting to know Brian before the wedding. He is a perfect match for Alana. So kind and sweet to her and easy to get along with. He will fit in with our family great and we didn't scare him off with our craziness :) !!! I can see why Alana fell for him even with coming from different backgrounds. He is so respectful and supportive of Alana and her beliefs. It was fun to be around love birds for a few days too. Made me think back to my newlywed days and how new and fun being engaged was. I have soo many pictures and so there will be a lot of them :) Scott did a great job getting lots of great pictures. Unfortunately it ran out of battery so we didn't get any at the reception or of lots of extended family that was there.
Alana's side of the family