Saturday, December 19, 2009

Rehearsal Dinner

This is Lane & Maranda welcoming everyone to the dinner.
Lane was saying he could not thank everyone by name because so many have helped us.
Then he asked Kaylon to say a prayer. This was a special night and the pictures
below are just a few of many.
This is Maranda with Lanes mother before the dinner. She has helped do so much. She is the one that made the beautiful cake you will see below on the dessert table. It was great. She is not losing a son, she is gaining a of the sweetest people I know even if she is my daughter.

This was a sweet moment that I caught after the rehearsal was over.
I think they are getting excited.

This is Maranda & Lane with a very special friend of ours.
She is also helping us with the wedding. Regina is also the Director of the Hall we are having the wedding at. She also sings wonderful. I wish you could hear her. She is a special person in my life. We have the bestest friends!
We are blessed.
Shannon & Maranda

This is Tiffany and her mother, Reba & in the background is little Braden. This family are some of our very best friends.
They have always been there for us for anything we ever needed. Tiffany is working on the favors before the rehearsal dinner started. Thank you Tiff! Reba also gave Maranda & Lane a beautiful shower. Thank you Reba for all of your help. There are not words....

We had a full dinner thanks to my daughter Shannon. She had it catered. It was delicious.
This is our dessert table. Everything was great.
Thank you Shannon!

These are dear friends of ours. Kaylon is the one that will be performing the ceremony. We could not have picked anyone better. We are so excited.
His sweet wife Deia has been a great friend to Maranda for a long long time.

This is Rachelle. She is also a dear, dear friend to me. She is also one that will be there for you anytime you need her. She is also the wedding coordinator for the wedding and she is also Lanes neice. I don't know what we would do without her in our lives. Once we all ate, she opened up the floor for everyone to say something to Maranda & Lane if they wanted to. She started it and she almost cried when she told them what they meant to her.
Thank you Rachelle!
When my sweet honey got up to say something to them he gave Lane a gift. When Lane opened it Randy told him that those warm socks were just in case he got cold feet! I should have known he would be funny! It was so cute.
This is the favor that we gave everyone before they left.
Yes, it is a rice krispie treat! There is a story behind this.
When Lane & Maranda first got together it seemed like they were always in the kitchen.
I knew I loved Lane when I saw him wash dishes! No, we have known Lane for 20 years and he is great. They are meant to be together. Anyway, this is one of the first things that they ever made together. The tag says "Life is Sweet".
This is me telling the story above and why we chose this little favor for everyone.
I don't have a picture of Lanes nephew Alex but when he got up to speak it was unreal.
Alex is about 18 years old and Lane has helped raise him and his sister. Alex who is a young man of few words spoke up and told Lane how thankful he was for him sacrificing his life for them. It was the most touching thing I have ever heard. Tears were streaming down his face as he shared this. He told Lane that it was time for him to have what he wanted in life. There was not a dry eye in the room. I could not help myself. I had to get up and hug him. It was just one of those special moments that we all will never forget.
There were so many sweet things said but too many to list.
Everyone is so excited about Maranda & Lane!

This is out in the hall as we rehearsed. This is just a sneak preview! Please pray that it all goes well. It is after midnight right now and we have been working very hard when I realized this is actually the day of the wedding and I had not blogged the rehearsal dinner. We are so blessed to have all of these wonderful people in our lives.
This is the top part of the invitation that was sent out a few weeks ago.
I just loved what it says and this is their story.
An Answered Prayer.
Maranda & Lane
Please pray for all of us on this very special day.......just in a few hours!!
I better get some sleep before this big day.


Maria said...

You all look very happy and I am sure that the young couple are getting excited and also pleased when it is all over.

I LOVE the little cupcake tower.YUM!

ria vogelzang said...

The pictures look great! As everything turns out like these lovely pictures you posted, it will be just a marvellous party!
Praying for you all!!
Greetings from the Netherlands and Gods blessing!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful couple and such joyful smiles. I wish them so much happiness. Can't wait to hear all about the wedding. May God bless.

Midlife Mom said...

What a beautiful couple! I wish them all the happiness in the world! May God bless their marriage and be the head of their home!

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Michelle said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I pray that their life will be filled with nothing but happiness, but I also pray that they realize that all blessings and goodness come from God.

My constant and favorite bit of wedding advise is to always FIRST AND FOREMOST, be best friends, respect each other, and never say unkind words to each other. Make your spouse the most important thing in your life (after God, of course).

I'll be thinking of you all today. Have a wonderful, bright, happy, and blessed day.

Amelia said...

Such wonderful pictures...showing how happy all of you are for Lane and Maranda.

May everything turn out as you had pictured in your mind...relax and enjoy it (if possible).

Williams Arena said...

Thank you for sharing this special time with us. They are a beautiful couple. Can't wait to see pictures of the wedding. Blessings - amy

Needled Mom said...

I will be thinking about and praying for all of you today. I can only imagine the tears after reading the post. I would have been flooding the place myself!!!

Karen said...

Happy wedding day. What a beautiful family!

Love Bears All Things said...

A wonderful time of year for a wedding.
Mama Bear

martha - caknitter said...

It all looks so wonderful!
I'm writing this in the afternoon west coast time, by now Lane and Maranda are husband and wife!
Congratulations to the happy couple and to you Valerie for gaining a wonderful son.
Enjoy your weekend!

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a wonderful you had and I'm sure another wonderful one today. They are a beautiful couple and I'm praying God's blessings on their life together. blessings, marlene