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The time finally arrived when I would complete my duties as mother of the bride and escort my daughter down the aisle. Fattima is a huge Carrie Underwood fan and has been to 3 or 4 of her concerts. She chose to have Mama’s song by Carrie Underwood playing as we made our walk. 42402412_10157049029180101_1331384753034625024_n

The words hold great meaning for us and as we listened  over the years we never imagined that this day would really come! We talked and walked carefully through the grass until we reached a seating area just down the hill. I hugged Ben and took my place on a bench in front.

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A priest performed the ceremony and gave wonderful insights into love and the merging of two people of different faiths. 42391160_10157048983060101_5372222094010482688_n (1)

Guests were asked to surround the couple during a prayer, offering them support in this journey. It was lovely and very heartfelt. 42362266_10157048977140101_6077035547363115008_n1-e1538178967997

Meanwhile our two little boys (the ring bearers) walked in and out of vines and down the hill just behind Fattima and Ben. They slowly took their suspenders off and played quietly, adding a beautiful and sweet element to this union. Bennett was tired of playing and decided to come forward. He stood near his aunties who were serving as bridesmaids and whispered, “Dee Dee, Dee Dee” and then called for auntie “Maya” as well. Aiden took his place behind his daddy (a groomsman) also quietly talking to him. It was priceless watching them, allowed to roam near the wedding party and take their place in this new family. Before the wedding Ben remarked that the next day he would truly become an uncle. I am sure Bennett, Aiden and Alayna smirked, knowing it had been true all along.

As soon as the couple walked out they took more pictures and then returned where guests were waiting for brunch. 42453954_10157048977980101_2657705146921779200_n (1)Food was served followed by toasting, dancing and a cool breeze.

The first dance was reserved for the bride and groom and they danced to So close

The five brothers took turns dancing to Whenever you remember 

The boys were unsure about dancing but in the end they switched off and made it special. Little did we know that Heme would come through and make a dramatic ending to this brother-sister dance.  He eagerly cut in and took over after Mude.  Everyone laughed and clapped and enjoyed his performance! Fattima dipped her youngest sibling and the dance came to a close!

Ben and his mother danced and then his father stepped in. His Grandparents                      won the dance for the longest years married and then the dance floor was                            opened up for everyone.

The couple cut their cake and visited with guests. IMG_20180923_130956 (1)

While the wedding was elegant in every way it was also practical and relaxed. There were over 60 children present and all were welcome to color and play games that had been placed at kids tables and of course the highlight was a visit to Fattima and Ben’s candy shoppe!IMG_0391

Ben’s grandfather offered to take the newlyweds from the wedding to the hotel. But first my boys wanted to take a look at the car he had renovated. It was he and his beautiful wife’s first new vehicle and had been left behind years before. With care, skill and love it was restored to its glory days. Heme and his brothers took a look at this magnificent vehicle.

Everyone gathered to see this cool ride and waved as they drove off!

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  1. What a stunning day.

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    September 29, 2018
  2. Beautiful Wedding!! Congrats to all!

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    September 29, 2018
  3. The photographs and descriptions have been an absolute delight Lynn. Thank you so much for sharing this special event with us. Time for you to sit down and have a rest now I think. Hugs, and best wishes to the happy couple for a long, happy, and healthy life together.

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    September 29, 2018
  4. What a fun celebration, with everyone from Fattima’s mother. Brothers, nephews to Ben’s grandfather escorting the newly wed couple in his restored car to 60 children visiting the Candy Shoppe! Everyone had a unique place to celebrate and enjoy the festivities! Thank you, Lynn, for sharing this wonderful day’s highlights with us. Xoxo

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    September 29, 2018
  5. I started crying when you were walking down the aisle with her. Oh my goodness what an absolutely beautiful wedding. This is just beautiful!!

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    September 29, 2018
    • Thanks so much! I never thought a day like this would come. I really never saw much hope of finding such a wonderful, stand up guy! We were not allowed music, pictures, gifts or frills. So this was my dream as well as Fattima’s dream! She truly is Ben’s princess! xo

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      September 29, 2018
  6. That was a lovely wedding Lynn. What an undertaking but you did such a superb job of pulling it all together.
    Leslie ❤

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    September 29, 2018
  7. I must agree , a stunningly beautiful bride and wedding party , a lovely day, the sun shines on! Congratulations Lynn. I hope you can get some rest now 😊

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    September 29, 2018
  8. Alice #

    Congratulations!!!! Beautiful venue! Thank you for sharing

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    September 29, 2018
  9. Such a fun day! I love that they had coloring and games for all the children too! I noticed you have your sweater on in one picture and the sky looks a little cloudy in another, so it must have gotten cooler later in the day? Still it looks like the weather was perfect! 😀❤️

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    September 29, 2018
    • Yes the weather was perfect but chilly. After the ceremony I put on my tennis shoes and sweater and was on baby duty which I love

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      September 29, 2018
  10. What wonderful pictures, it only seems like they got engaged yesterday, it has gone really quick, such lovely memories to treasure

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    September 29, 2018
  11. Nice

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    September 29, 2018
  12. Such a beautiful setting and so well planned! I am impressed and of course, wish them much happiness and many cupcakes for many years to come.

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    September 29, 2018
  13. Absolutely lovely! All my best wishes and congratulations 🎈🎊🎉

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    September 29, 2018
  14. What a beautiful wedding in a picturesque place! Every moment must have been a joy for you and family. Lovely photos to remember this happy day! Thanks so much for sharing all the celebrations leading up to the wedding too. 🎶🎉 Christine

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    September 29, 2018
  15. What an amazing day you all had.
    xx

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    September 29, 2018
  16. What a dream wedding. I always love to see those open-air weddings. You were so blessed with the weather. What a wonderful thing that you escorted your daughter. So, they took off pretty soon? Did they leave for the honeymoon right away?
    It is also interesting for me to see the differences in the wedding traditions. Over here you have a big party going all evening until deep into the night.
    I am so happy for you and the whole family that it was such a beautiful day!
    Thank you for sharing, Lynn 💖

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    September 29, 2018
    • They stayed at a fancy hotel for the night and then left early morning! Many people here have weddings just as you described. It is fun to see the differences.

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      September 29, 2018
      • I think they did themselves a favor not to go right away. I just know it from the US movies that the couples leave (more or less) right from church for their honeymoon. That’s why I was wondering… hehe.

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        September 30, 2018
  17. Such an amazing day of love, family and beautiful memories. Love the newlyweds driving away in style!

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    September 29, 2018
  18. A beautiful day; a beautiful family. I bet you are exhausted and happy, Lyn!!! Thanks so much for letting us share in the joy…

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    September 29, 2018
  19. oh lynn!!!! I have tears in my eyes reading and looking at these beautiful photos. where you came from and where you are now!! and what really melted my heart is all the brothers dancing with their sister. Oh lynn – your heart must be so full. you should be so proud. you are such a wonderful mom and grandma – even with all you’ve been through. you deserve so much happiness and love! sending hugs and love ❤

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    September 29, 2018
  20. What a wonderful day! Love the pictures!!! 🙂

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    September 29, 2018
  21. How wonderful a true family celebration it looks beautiful 🙂 xxx

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    September 29, 2018
  22. Wonderful pictures. Lynn. The bride and groom are a beautiful couple. The wedding is a perfect expression of the family you created with your love and the values you passed down. I love how you included the many children. The little boys are priceless. A glorious occasion! ❤

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    September 30, 2018
    • Thanks so very much Ina! I really like what you said and yes I think that is the case, we have worked hard and the wedding showed how much things have changed! xoxoxo

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      September 30, 2018
  23. A great day beautifully documented. Truly ‘Mama’s song’.

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    September 30, 2018
  24. Sounds like a wonderful day, and the pictures are stunning! Congratulations to the newlyweds and to all involved with their special day.

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    September 30, 2018
  25. Wow, Lynn! What a beautiful and fabulous wedding! I enjoyed seeing all the photos and hearing about it all! Fatima is such a beautiful beautiful bride and Ben is such a handsome groom! You looked stunning in your dress too! I wish the couple a very happy happy life together! xoxoxoxo

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    September 30, 2018
    • Thank you so much dear PJ xoxo It was so much fun and relaxing and also just joyful! xo

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      September 30, 2018
      • It sure looks like it was a joyful time. Your family is so precious and made it very special! xoxoxox

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        October 1, 2018
  26. What a beautiful wedding, Lynn!

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    September 30, 2018
  27. Dear Lynn( Ben and Fattima),
    Wishing you all the blessings and love from a woman with 26 years under her marital belt to a newly wed. I don’t know much yet about marriage but I can tell you that being together on a journey is the best thing in a world where so much is in disarray and so much is uncertain.
    God bless and cement your relationship with love, plenty of laughs, long walks, love, lots of sweets and everything else nice.
    Susie

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    September 30, 2018
  28. Yay!. Oh my goodness, Lynn. What a beautiful day. Thanks for all the gorgeous pictures. I love the way the twins added to the whole experience. Perfect. 🙂

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    September 30, 2018
  29. Fabulous. And a lovely car too.

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    September 30, 2018
  30. What a beautiful ceremony Lynz. Perfect in every respect. It truly shows the hard work you all put into the planning of this magnificent event. Great job and thanks for sharing!

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    September 30, 2018
  31. Congrats to all of you Lynn 🙂 What a lovely lovely post – really enjoyed looking at the pictures and it felt as if I was right there enjoying the celebrations!

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    October 1, 2018
  32. Could it be more perfect? I think not. Congratulations to all!

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    October 2, 2018
  33. What a beautiful day! Congratulations to the Newlyweds!

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    October 2, 2018
  34. Oh Lynn, I am smiling through tears…wonderful!! (K)

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    October 3, 2018
  35. Congratulations! The day looked perfect in every way.

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    October 8, 2018
  36. I have so enjoyed following the wedding posts. It looks like it was a perfect day for everyone. 🌼

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    October 14, 2018

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