Monthly Archives: May 2011

After the ceremony

After the ceremony we had lots of pictures to take. First we had to take group shots.

Some family photos – Allen’s family

Jessica’s family

Plus a few of Jessica and Allen

Then we started the reception

Some great cake & cupcakes!


and feeding the longhorns

to soon it was time to say good bye and good night.

images by Zander Photography, Clifton TX


The Ceremony

Jessica’s grandpa was the minister.  He and Allen were waiting in the church for all of us. 

The little church was probably as full as it has ever been.  So we all started down the aisle. Allen’s mom, Kellie and step-dad Jerry, his dad, Guy and step-mom Pam, went to their seats.

Granny and Grandmother Brad went to their seats with an usher.

then me

All the attendants ~

and finally Jake, the ring bearer.    Allen called Jake and he ran straight to him.  Jake had the rings tied to his flowers so Allen cut them off because he couldn’t get the bow to untie and Jake came to sit down with me until it was time to leave.  Jake did an excellent job.  all images from Zander Photography Clifton, TX

Getting Ready

The girls spent the day getting hair and make-up, but ended up at about two o’clock at my parent’s house to finish everything, six girls and a bride!

 The house is next to the church so it was a perfect place for them to finish getting ready.

There was some help, Jaimie and my mother.

Jessica had on the traditional something old; a small bird pin that held the bow at the back of the dress – something new; her hairpiece – hand-made by Jaimie’s mother, Helen –  something borrowed; a yellow diamond pendent from her Granny – and something blue; a ring that she got for graduation.

After all the girls were dressed and ready they went down to the schoolhouse across from the church to take some pre-wedding pictures. We all took pictures, watched the guests going into the church and waited for the four o’clock hour.

Jamie, Courtney, Sarah, Kristina, Alysia, Brittany

While Matt was helping Allen get ready the guys were taking it easy.

Matt, Jason, JB,  Marc, Charlie, Adam

Jake, Allen and Jessica’s dog,  is part Chesapeake Bay Retriever and part Labrador.   He was the ring bearer, so he was with the guys getting ready for his part of the ceremony.

Finally it was time,  everyone headed to the church,

lined up outside and we were ready for the ceremony.  

all images from Zander Photography Clifton, TX

The Wedding

Right down the road from Crazy Oaks and right next door to Our Place, where my parents live, is a little white country church building.  It is the perfect place for a wedding.   The community has been meeting there for church since 1883 when the land was purchased for religious and educational purposes.  The church building was dedicated May 23, 1909 so the building is over 100 years old.  We still meet there each Sunday morning, but for the wedding we put out extra chairs and opened the back rooms.

A wedding in our area in the spring means that you will have lots of wildflowers and there was a big patch of bluebonnets near the church.

Jessica also wanted lots of flowers in the church so when you walked in the doors you could smell them.  They were hanging from the windows, the pews, and there were two arrangements at the front after guests walked by the flowers outside on the porch.    

An artist friend, Jaimie, painted the church in watercolor and that was the front of the program.     

Allen, the groom, also known as the chief fence builder, had spent several weeks helping us get things ready around the barn and house.  The wind had been blowing and we were afraid it might rain, but the day could not have been any better, not too hot, not too cool, perfect spring Texas weather for a wedding.

all images from Zander Photography Clifton, Tx