Thursday, February 21, 2019

A Valentine's Day Wedding

A week ago today was Valentine's Day, and I promised I'd tell you what happened at my house in a separate post, so this is that post. 

We had a wedding!  It's hard to top that on Valentine's Day!  My daughter's first marriage ended over 14 years ago, and she devoted herself to raising her three children and didn't begin dating until about four years ago.  At Christmas time the happy couple told us about their plans to marry, and a short time later asked if the ceremony could be held in our home.  Of course, we said yes! 

They wanted our son [Lori's brother, Steve] to officiate.  For valid reasons, they wanted the ceremony to be small and private.  My hubby began making their unity cross for the ceremony.

And I started thinking about how I could decorate the mantel. Cardinals have been significant in their courtship, so I knew they had to be part of the décor.  The birdhouse was my hubby's handiwork too, and will be used again at the upcoming luncheon we'll be hosting to celebrate their marriage.

A dear friend sent me a silver plated tussie mussie holder/vase just before granddaughter, Tiffany, got married, but since it didn't work out for her to use it, I used it for Lori's bouquet and gave it to her afterwards as a keepsake.

I was able to find a porcelain figurine of a male and female cardinal to use as their cake topper.

The ceremony was set for 11:00 a.m.

We took a few pictures of the happy couple before it began.

[Dave and Lori]

[Lori and Jerry]

[Lori and Me]

~ And the ceremony began ~

~ They wrote their own vows and read them to each other ~

~ Exchanged Rings ~

~ Took Communion ~

~ And were pronounced man and wife ~

[Lori, Dave and Steve]

After the ceremony I had a light luncheon, including a toast with non-alcoholic bubbly.  

As all parents do, we gave them our love and blessing, and pray they have many wonderful years of happiness together.  Happy one week wedding anniversary, Dave and Lori!


  1. Love the pictures. Congratulations to Lori and Dave.

  2. What a lovely celebration! Congratulations and Best Wishes to all!

  3. Oh, how wonderful! I'm so happy for Lori, and I add my wishes for many wonderful years together, filled with blessings.

  4. Sending wishes to Lori and Dave for many years of happiness together….
    Your thoughtful details made their special day even more memorable.

  5. Congratulations to Lori and Dave. Wishing you a life of love, peace and happiness. God Bless.


  6. How wonderful! A very special Valentine's Day for sure! Best wishes to the bride & groom! Laura

  7. What a wonderful post, Phyllis! Congratulations to the happy couple!! The cross and birdhouse that your hubby made are so special. The cake looked lovely with the cardinals on top. What a special way to celebrate a wedding in your home. Thank you for sharing with us. They look so happy and make a beautiful couple.

  8. Oh, I just love this! Congrats to Lori and Dave, and may they have many, many happy years together!


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