Jessica and Michael were married in a beautiful ceremony at Saint Mary's Catholic Church before coming to the hotel for their reception. For Jessica, there were an unusually large number of obstacles to overcome during the course of her planning but her optimism and faith kept her focused on the important things things in life. Every time I spoke with her, she had already created a solution where a problem had previously existed.
After the ceremony, the bridal party took advantage of the time before the reception to pose for some pictures in the garden.
And here's Jessy showing her good sense of humor. As it turns out, while trying on dresses for her bridal shower, Jessy fell in the fitting room, shattering her knee and adding unforeseen stress and difficulty to planning and surviving her wedding day. But with grace, Jessy said to me that at least she would have graduated from her walker and crutches to be walking freely and even dancing on her wedding day! Now that's making lemonade!
This photo shows Jessy's mother who was the creative inspiration and elbow grease behind so many of the special details that made the wedding unique. Jessy's theme was a celestial blue night sky with silver stars and her mother handmade each place card - a silver frame with a star on each. She also made these beautiful ribbon wands for guests to wave at the formal departure at the end of the evening.
Jessy had ordered specialty favors but grew increasingly frustrated with the company when the shipment didn't go out on time, didn't arrive on time and as of this writing, I still don't know if it ever came. Not to let that get her down, Jessy discovered these fabulous chocolates already "dressed" to match her theme! Yummy and perfectly coordinated!