Earlier in the year, we received this “save the date” card, mounted on a magnet (how smart is that?):
Jake is Robert’s nephew, the oldest of the Mayo clan. Alan was home during this time, and since Nestlé was still with us at the time and we needed someone to be home to keep an eye on things, I had a little begging to do. Alan had wanted to go to the wedding, too, but was kind enough to step back and let me be the one to go with Robert (Robert and Alan went to visit Susan and the family at a later date). It was already pretty exciting (Jake and Jessica truly were made for one another), but when I found out that they had asked Paisley to be their flower girl, I was even more excited!
You see, we were there when Jake’s parents were married those years ago….
…And Mandy was one of their flower girls!
Jake's wedding was held at a beautiful venue, and the whole place was buzzing with excitement. Paisley’s mother managed to get a few pre-wedding shots…here is Paisley hanging out and gearing up:
Before too long, it was going to be time! Paisley was armed and ready with her basket of petals:
Soon, the big moment arrived! It was Paisley’s duty to prepare the pathway for the beautiful bride, and she took her job seriously! While Jessica and the rest of the wedding party were all smiles and giggles, and even danced their way down the aisle, Paisley was not going to succumb to all of that frivolity! This was serious business – she had a job to do! -- and her stoic countenance and stern concentration were certainly reflective of this solemn, blessed occasion:
It was a really special ceremony – Jake and Jessica were married by the same preacher who had married Jake’s parents. (How many people can say that?) And as I said earlier, Jake and Jessica really are a good match and we hope they have a wonderful life together:
I have to say, though, that of all of the wonderful things that I witnessed that day, I was most inspired by Robert’s sister, Susan. Susan is now battling her third round of cancer (this time it’s lung cancer). The day would have been strenuous for any mother-of-the-groom, but I can only imagine that for someone right smack in the middle of cancer treatments, it had to be absolutely exhausting. Despite this, Susan donned her wig, her gloves, and her pretty dress and was there for her son for the whole day.
Susan, Paisley, and Grandma Lynda:
Mandy’s favorite picture (and I must say, mine, too) of the whole event was this touching moment of Susan dancing with her son:
Susan is such an inspiration to me, and whenever I’m feeling whiny about some goofy thing I’m miffed about, I just think of her and immediately stifle myself!
My second favorite photo is this one:
It reminds me of a picture I took behind the scenes when Mandy’s flower girl, Avery, was a little scared about going out in front of all of those people, and Mandy gave her a little pep talk:
The cycle of life and love continues, and we were grateful to have a bright spot to celebrate so early in the year!