Tuesday, April 21, 2009

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING OF ALL...

I can't express in words how sweet this wedding was for a lot of close people in my life. This beautiful bride is my mother, and her equally charming groom is a most amazing man as well. After years of living a hard life alone, each with their own separate struggles, they were blessed with the company of each other. They fell in love and were married just weeks ago! I've known Jim's family for years and I am overjoyed to have gained this new extension of brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews! What a testimony to God's grace...

(and yeah, I'm allowed to post a lot of photos when it's my own mother's wedding!!)

THE STORY OF JIM & CHERYL















How funny is this?!














They were married at the Santa Barbara Courthouse, who knew a courthouse could be so awesome! It was a beautiful day and a beautiful place!















































































Father of the bride...







































My talented sister took this shot while I was singing the communion song - that's my husband!









I just love this moment, right after the ceremony - look at how her arms are wrapped up inside his jacket...







































afterward, the whole family walked across the street to an awesome restaurant called Elements




The courthouse at night!




I love you Mom... and praise God for the love you found in Jim... Congratulations to you both!

13 comments:

Emily B said...

oh my gosh i teared up just looking at these. i couldn't be happier for your mom and jim....ell you did such a great job capturing the sweetness and joy of the day. love you!!!!!

Jenny said...

Those are beautiful. The courthouse was a stunning setting for those pictures.

Nathan and Nicole said...

Wow Ellie! What beautiful pictures. I was so excited when I heard that your mom and the good doctor were dating. My joy is sky high now that I've seen pictures of their wedding! Congratulations to the both of them. Who knew that Eddie really would be brothers with some of his best friends? :)

lorieloo said...

yeah i'm crying over here too. ugh. so beautiful and such a blessing.

and wow singing and shooting? did you make the bouquets and sew the dresses too? you're just a one woman show=) hehe

oh, and what about a picture of this HUGE new family you have???

Becca said...

Beautiful El! My eyes are filled with sweet tears! I am just sooo happy for your mom, Jim, and your whole new family! God is SO good! Miss you so much!

Band of Brothers said...

Oh Ellie, these are so heartfelt and beautiful, I could just cry. Your mom looks stunning and the mister is looking mighty fine in his cool tie. I am so thrilled for your entire family. Mazal Tav!

Tasha said...

Ellie you did a great job! You mom looks so full of love and joy!

Agnes said...

Your mom looks beautiful and so happy! Will you tell her I said congratulations?

XiaoYun said...

I just love the hug between your mom and Jim so so much! It was so sweet...

Max and Barb L. in Texas said...

Please extend our heartfelt congratulations to your mom and Jim. Max and I worked with Jim in youth ministry at LBC when the boys were young. Just the nicest man, so deserving of happiness and love. Our wishes for years of joy together. We do have an AWESOME God. Your pictures and the setting are amazing.

Brent and Julie said...

Ellie those pictures are beautiful! I am so happy for your mom and Jim. They make such a sweet couple. I have enjoyed getting to know your mom.

Sara said...

Your mom is such a beautiful person. What a blessing she and Jim found each other! They radiate with happiness! The way you captured their day is breathtaking. I love the one where your mom is laughing with her head tilted up toward Jim. I'm teary too!

Janelle said...

I just teared up...I love your mom so much and am so happy she has Jim. What an amazing day and you did such a great job capturing it!