celebration grateful heart monday

One Couple, Two Families, a Very Grateful Heart

May 18, 2015

As most of you know, last weekend was an exciting one for my family and me – my brother got married! Christian and I are headed back to Nashville today with an incredibly busy week ahead of us but here I am because I have so, so much to be grateful for today and starting this week out on a high note, with all of you, is a MUST!

I’m a big fan of weddings, regardless of whose they are (I mean – CAKE and DANCING = YES FOREVER YES), but it’s extra special when it’s a wedding of someone in your family. My one and only sibling…. watching him marry Cassie – the most perfect person for him – was SO amazing πŸ™‚ I thought for sure I’d “keep my cool” (aka: not be a sobbing mess) up until the vows but the minute Cassie started walking down the aisle to I Choose You by Sara Bareilles, I was done πŸ˜‰ It was such a beautiful ceremony – full of their own personal touches – and I must say… I loved standing up there with them and seeing my own husband up there as the Best Man. SO special!

There was cake, there was dancing – there was even Michael Bolton (hilarious moment that I’ll share later this week). There were lots of funny and touching stories to celebrate the special couple, but it was also about two families being bonded as family forever… and that’s seriously awesome. We’ve all heard the saying, “You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family” but I can honestly say that if I were to hand pick my brother’s in-laws and family, I would pick Cassie’s family. It’s great when two families get along with each other well, but it’s a serious blessing and straight up BLAST when the two families mesh SO well and have the same values (not to mention similar party styles πŸ˜‰ Boy, do our families know how to have a good time – whew!) We are all exhausted but in the best way.

I am so grateful that my brother has found “his person” and that she is one seriously AWESOME gal who loves him beyond belief. (Also, did Cassie not make the most beautiful bride?!) Not only did I gain a sister on Saturday, but my family gained another family that we are blessed to consider life-long friends… and that just makes it all the more sweeter.

Noted photography in this post: Lane Lewis Photography, seriously talented photographer and friend! Working in the Indianapolis area, as well as Orange County, CA! 
What are you grateful for? 

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3. Carry on and be grateful! XO!
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  • My daughter married last October and I know that "wedding" feeling. Great ceremony, great party afterwards. I absolultely love the picture of her on the stairs, her dress and the flow of it, magnificent! You looked beautiful Ember and the blue dresses are so pretty. Yes, you had much to be grateful for and it is so nice when the ones we love find their perfect partner for life.

  • The photographs are beautiful! Celebrations in life are so important to have and I love reading about them. Have a Happy Week!

  • I love this! Such beautiful photographs. Congratulations to your brother!

  • Congrats! It looks beautiful. The bride is beyond gorgeous and I love how the blue looked flattering on every bridesmaid. πŸ™‚

  • Eeeeek what a beautiful wedding!! I absolutely love weddings too. Congrats to the newlyweds and welcome to the married club πŸ™‚

  • What a beautiful wedding! Cassie's dress was amazing and I love the colour of the bridesmaid dresses. So pretty!

  • Congrats! It truly is wonderful to see two families and two lives become one! πŸ™‚

  • I'm so glad you had a great time! It looks beautiful!

  • Everything looks so beautiful! That venue is awesome! I love all the brick backdrops! Where did they get married? I love "I Choose You"! Sounds like a fabulous time!

  • Yay for bridesmaid dresses that are actually really pretty! What a beautiful wedding. x

  • My brother and I got married in the same year about 6 months apart. At first I hated having to share something like that with him (long seated sibling rivalry at its worst). However, on the day, I was so happy for him and my sister in law (who I love). Now it's like we all share a little bit of something special, being married in the same year. I agree the feeling of getting new family members is so fantastic. I love seeing our family grow (and they have since had two children so it's even more fun to watch).

  • How fun! What a great weekend. congratulations to your brother and sister-in-law. I just have one brother to, and I am ever so thankful for his wife, she is the sister I always dreamed of!


  • awe- so glad you all had a great time! so happy for you all… everything looked so beautiful! and love sara b! her song, gravity, is a top ten for me! wishing them many years of love and happiness. xo

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  • That first picture is just gorgeous!

  • So, so beautiful! Love weddings

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  • Beautiful pictures! Love the first one! Congrats to your families…so much happiness and love!

  • That is so sweet!!! I love going to weddings, they always remind me of how lucky we are to find love. Thank you so much for sharing your brother's wedding photos =)

    Juju Sprinkles

  • Ooh I love me some wedding photography! These pictures are all so gorgeous. <3 Congrats to both families!

  • That top photo is STUNNING! Wow. It's really special when two families can unite together. It's really beautiful.

  • Those pics-wow. I am so happy for your brother. It is super awesome that the families mesh well. Most of mine (relatives) don't and it is so hard. You and C are so darling together

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  • Thank you, Michelle! It was such a perfect weekend!!

  • They are my most favorite posts to write about, too πŸ™‚ I love knowing they've been documented and that I can come back and reminisce!

  • Thanks, lady!! It was a fun weekend!

  • Right?! That's what everyone said on Saturday, that the dresses looked great on every girl. (So glad for that)

  • yay!!! Thanks, girl!

  • Her dress was unbelievable. She looked so beautiful and YES to the bridesmaids dresses – the color was perfect!

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  • Thanks, lady! If I wasn't still recovering today, I'd want to go back and relive it! πŸ˜‰

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  • Jae

    D'awww <3

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  • Sharon

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