Happily Ever After-the Wedding.

I have found the person I have been looking for my whole life.”

I will tell you more about that quote but first let me take you to the start of the Wedding Day. August 18, 2018.The day my daughter married the love of her life Thomas Matthews.

4:45 am. My husband David gets up. Why so early? Well , the person who will be doing the makeup for the bride and the bridesmaids is arriving at 5:00am.   The bride, my daughter Breanne, scheduled the ceremony for 11:00 am with photos before the ceremony as there were going to be children involved and she felt it would be best for them all to be fresh. Hence the early start.

5:00am The makeup artist arrives and Bride Breanne is already up and ready. My husband drives to the local Tim Hortons to pick up coffee canteens ( holds 20 cups and  keeps it warm) and a tray of donuts, Danish pastries and cookies.

5:45 Having showered and reviewed the days schedule,  I have English Breakfast tea and donuts for my start to the day. I then go out and sweep the deck at the back of the house. The previous day had been windy and raining. But on this day the clouds were gossamer thin and the sun was rising.

6:00 All the bridesmaids are up and busy. There is also a friend who is looking after the little, almost one year old, son of one of the Bridesmaids.  This little fellow is one of the most composed and easy going babies I have ever know. Some yogurt followed by peanut butter toast and he was ready for the day.

After that came 6:30 and  7:00 and so on and so forth. I lost track of time. The Grooms Best Man  Josh arrived and grooms parents, Craig and Theresa and the grandchildren; Tom’s daughters Taylor and Jordan and Breanne’s son Silas. I am so grateful for Craig and Theresa taking care of the youngsters the night before the wedding.  At ages 10, 8 and 3 1/2 they all got a good nights sleep. Daughter Taylor chose to join the groomsmen and looked very dapper in trousers, shirt and bow tie. Daughter Jordan chose to join the bridesmaids  looking like a princess in white.

 

8:00 am.  The photographers have arrived and take some photos of the hair and makeup preparations. The wedding cake arrives delivered by the woman who baked it, Emily Callahan. Emily is the wife of the barn manager at Oakcrest Farm where I ride and Biasini lives. Breanne’s brother Pere helped to put this superb creation safely into the fridge so as not to spoil the butter cream icing.

8:15 am. A distinct aroma of excitement begins to fill the air. The bride is now ready to get into her gown. Little  Silas has already had a look at the gown and approved it.  Here is a beautiful photo taken by the professional photographer Allison Hadley.

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As Mother of the Bride I am allowed to be present for the gown being put on. Also I have a pendant that belonged to my Grandmother that Breanne will be wearing. As I fasten the clip I feel so very proud of my daughter.  She is a warrior woman who has risen above a sea of troubles and triumphed with her son as her first priority.

8:30   Time for the “first look” photos.  These will be taken across the  road where there is a nice open space lined with trees. Tom goes first and has to stand with his back to  Breanne. He has not seen her on this morning and has never seen her in her gown.  We are all told to remain in the house. This is a very private and special moment. I tried to get a photos through the  kitchen window. Not too good but it will give you a glimpse.

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8:45 am   We all process across the road to have some family photos taken.  Little Silas decides this is the time for exploration and high tails it across the field toward our neighbours house.  My son Pere, runs after him, amidst cheers of:  “Go get him Uncle Pere!” There is a genetic component at work here. This is just the sort of impish stuff my son did at that age. Once Pere has brought Silas back Breanne  picks him up to encourage him to stay with the wedding party. Here is another lovely photo from Allison Hadley.

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10:45 am Before we know it the hour for the ceremony is almost upon us.  Our living room has been transformed the night before and is now ready.180818day-9923

Silas, who  is eager for things to begin,has patrolled  the staircase where his Mother will descend.

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11:05 am. The guests are all arrived and seated. Tom leads his parents in to their seats and Pere leads David and I to our seats. The bridesmaids descend the staircase.  There is a pause and then …..39520188_2046295735388652_1734209898935222272_o

Tom watches as Breanne comes down the stairs.  Borrowed and Blue wedding organizer Jill Priestman had her husband Bill there to provide music on his guitar and as Breanne came down the staircase he played “At Last.”  Perfect. Just perfect.

The ceremony was officiated by Beth MacKenzie whose opening remarks were wonderful and I wished I had a notebook to write some of them down.  Tom and Breanne had written their own vows, words from the  heart, about how they felt about each other and how they looked forward to their journey in a life together.  There were some very emotional moments.  Silas however managed to bring his own special contribution to the vows by crawling in between Tom’s legs and threatening to hide underneath Breanne’s gown.

One very special moment was the sand ceremony. Tom, Breanne, Taylor, Jordan and Silas all had glass vases filled with  colored sand. All together they poured the sand into a special container;  Together We Make a Family, each of their names, and the date. 180818day-9960.jpg

Once the ceremony was over we all went out to sunshine in the back garden, for mimosas, lemonade or juice.  There were uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, grandparents and friends both young and old.

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Everyone enjoyed the sun and the friendship with Bill providing music. In this photo top left Brother of the Bride, Pere, Groom Tom, Silas and Hugo, Silas up to mischief behind  his Mum and Bill on guitar.

12:00pm Time for brunch catered by a local restaurant Aninas.

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Having had a couple of mimosas I had stopped watching  the clock.  But I knew I had to be the  MC for the speeches, so I did show some restraint.   I was the first to speak and I spoke about being a  happy mother now that my daughter Breanne was so happy. Then Tom’s mother  Theresa spoke. She told us that after Tom had met Breanne he phoned her to tell her this. “I have found the person I’ve been looking for my whole life.”

I have found the person I have been looking for my whole life.

This was the moment I felt a lump in my throat because I knew that this was exactly how Breanne felt as well. Tom and Breanne are not 20 year old star crossed love birds. They are adults who have come through  the hardship of divorce and the hardwork of  being single parents. They have struggled and survived.  They were meant to be together. A family together.

I give you Mr and Mrs Matthews and their family.

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Thank you Allison Hadley for allowing me to supplement my candid snaps with your beautiful photos. Allison can be found at https://www.allisonhadleyphotography.ca/

 

38 Comments Add yours

  1. What a truly beautiful and magical day. You have described it so well, and the pictures are just perfect! 🙂 xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It was a magical day you are so right. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. Beautiful couple, and beautiful photos.

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  3. Mary says:

    Congratulations Anne! Thank you for taking us on your journey! From one Mama to another (as I was recently the Mother of the Groom), I know how your heart felt as it filled with the wonder, love and joy in this special occasion! We will always hold on to those special memories. I invite you to visit my post whenever time permits. Blessings to you and yours! https://maryaperez.com/2018/08/10/happily-ever-after/

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for reblogging this Danny!

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  4. doar nicole says:

    Congratulations on your daughter’s wedding! 🙂 Lovely moments, and photos, the post… such a pleasure to read following each and every step, beautifully written. Wishing you all nice happy days, filled with everything that makes you happy!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Nicole. It was a happy day and I appreciate , very much, you good wishes for the future for my daughter and her husband.

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  5. nelkumi says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful…

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  6. Wow absolutely beautiful everything! 🙂

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  7. Robyn says:

    Everything looked and sounded beautiful! Congratulations!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Robyn. It was a wonderful day/

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  8. Wow!!! This is really all interesting. Your narrative is exquisite and enthralling. The pictures are beautiful. Congratulations on your daughter’s wedding 😍❤️I wish the new couple a happy marital life. 🙏🏼

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for these kind words. They are very much appreciated.

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  9. Paula Light says:

    Congratulations to Breanne and Tom!

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  10. Helen says:

    Congratulations! Your happy story brought a tear to my eye.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. It was a very emotional and also happy day.

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  11. Congratulations for your daughter’s wedding Anne. May the family live happily ever after ❤

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much for your good wishes.

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  12. Emma Cownie says:

    Oh it all looked perfect. I particularly like the fact that Taylor decided that she wanted to wear trousers, braces like her Dad and everyone was OK with that. Everyone looks very happy.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I have been shopping with Taylor and she is not interested in things pink or any frou frou looks. She told Breanne that she wanted to be with teh groomsmen and to wear what they were wearing and Breanne said she could absolutely do that. Breanne then informed the rest of the family that this was Taylors choice. And that was that.

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      1. Emma Cownie says:

        That’s so cool – that Taylor knows what she wants and Breanne supported her (instead of trying to jam her in a dress!) just as her sister was clearly delighted to wear a beautiful bridesmaid’s dress!

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Breanne has a good connection with Taylor and knows it is important to let this young woman find her own path(within limits of safety of course!). Thanks for your comments on this Emma.

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  13. dprastka says:

    Exquisite, what a beautiful day! I felt like I spent the day with you so well written and the photos are beautiful, precious with all the children. Oh Anne, isn’t this just the best day ever! To have your daughter find happily ever after is what every Mum wants! The whole time I was reading it just warms my heart. -DIANA ❤

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  14. dprastka says:

    Exquisite, such a beautiful day with such WONDERFUL photos!! Her son is precious, the bride so beautiful. I felt like I was there with you, so well written. Oh Anne, my heart is so warm as it should be when your daughter has found happily ever after!! ❤️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much for this wonderful comment. No worreis that you posted it more than once. i loved it.

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  15. dprastka says:

    Exquisite, what a beautiful day. Oh Anne I felt like I was with you on this very special day. Beautiful photos by all, WONDERFUL family, my heart is so warm, just knowing your daughter found a happily ever after is what every Mum wants. ❤️ ❤️❤️

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    1. dprastka says:

      sorry I posted so many times. I can’t delete and didn’t see the posts. This technology stuff sure gets me sometimes! I do apologize, you can delete some of them if you want. I just wanted so badly to see my posts and was posting from my phone. Oops, now I’m on my computer and see I’ve made more than several posts. Thank you Anne!

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  16. Alli Farkas says:

    How lovely every.single.thing was!! Congrats to all and thank you Leueen for such a beautiful chronicle of this special day!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It was a wonderful day. Thanks so much for commenting Alli!

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  17. Frances McDonnell says:

    A beautiful day indeed and here’s wishing Breanne and Tom many happy decades together parenting their family.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Frances. It was a very happy day for all of us.

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  18. Juli Hoffman says:

    What lovely photos!!! And the kids! Soooo cute!!!! Congratulations to your daughter and your family!!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Juli for the congratulations and your appreciation. It was a wonderful day.

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  19. Judy says:

    Beautiful. Best wishes!

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