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.
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.
A priest performed the ceremony and gave wonderful insights into love and the merging of two people of different faiths.
Guests were asked to surround the couple during a prayer, offering them support in this journey. It was lovely and very heartfelt.
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. 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.
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!
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!