Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A joyous weekend

After eight-plus months of anticipating and planning, the blessed event has come and gone. This past Saturday night Older Son got married to my new daughter-in-law (no longer FDIL). It was, in a word, glorious.

Although they are now on their honeymoon in Mexico, memories of the special weekend linger.

Wife and I were thrilled with the Rehearsal Dinner. The venue (Nashville's Union Station Hotel) was lovely, the food delicious and the ambience just right. We had about 75 guests. Highlights included toasts to the bride and groom and a special slide show video that Daughter had made.

The wedding itself was a holy, joyous event in a church sanctuary that was absolutely breathtaking. The reception was celebratory and loads of fun. Older Son and his bride were beaming. There was dancing...and more dancing. We sent them off under masses of blue-and-orange Auburn shakers about 11:15 p.m.

We had a brunch at our house Sunday morning for our out of town guests, catered by dear friends.

Wife and I had hearts full to overflowing all weekend. We consider ourselves so incredibly blessed. I really am without words to adequately describe it so I will show you pictures instead.

Here are a few highlights:

Yours truly speaking at the rehearsal dinner

Bride and Groom at rehearsal dinner

Me with my beautiful wife. Did I marry up or what?

Daniel and Maggie

Parents of the groom with the groom

McKinney Men

About to see her groom for the first time!

Husband and Wife!

First dance!

Mom and Son (those dance lessons paid off!)

Maggie and Josh

Could I be more proud of these three?

A 'War Eagle' send-off!

The party is over!


Steve H. said...

Looks like a good time was had by all! Thanks for sharing your life and joy with us...God Bless!

Kelly said...

Bob, these photos are wonderful!!! You and Susan look great and I think you are both blessed to have each other. Were our Tuscaloosa friends there? I thought about y'all numerous times over the weekend and hoped all went well. Thanks for sharing these photos!!

LaneyD said...

Yes, Bob, thanks for the post! All look spectacular and you and Susan look great! Now to get youngest off to college! You haven't finished your summer yet!

Pam said...

What great photos!!!! Thanks for sharing them with us! Such a happy event for all of you.

Congratulations, again, and I pray for a long and happy life for these newlyweds!

Pencil Writer said...

What a blessed weekend, family, new family and everyone looks fantabulous! Yes, you married up, and your wife--beautiful woman--married up, too, I'll wager. (I bet she'll agree with me!) Awesome couple, you two and the newlyweds, too! And the other two ain't bad either. Lovely, lovely family. You are all so blessed!

Breathe deeply, continue to smile and enjoy the rest of your summer!

quid said...


Thanks for posting these great pics. You told a story about the wedding, but really, the photos say just about everything that needs to be said. It's obvious it was a joyful celebration and everyone looked so happy!



Hal Johnson said...

Great account of your son's marriage, and great pics!

Debby said...

Looks like a good time was had by all! In fact it looks like such fun, well, you might just want to throw a wedding every month, just for fun.


Bob Barbanes: said...

Congratulations all around, Bob! You know, your posts always make me smile, but it is the pictures you post that really seal the deal. Everyone is always smiling and looking like they love life. You cannot help but see the joy in their eyes and so in their hearts. It is truly special, and I for one appreciate these little glimpses into the McKinney family.

I am a fairly happy guy, but pictures of me always show a dour, glowering guy. I don't know how you do it. Wait- maybe I do ;)

Congrats again. I'm glad it all went well.