Jul 19, 2017

Annie's Wedding

Hello, friends! Summer is just whizzing by us here in Boise!  We had a fabulous 4th of July celebration with out of town family and are now settling in for a calm and quiet rest of the summer. 

Today, I'm sharing a few photographs from my daughter's wedding. Annie designed and put on her entire wedding herself, with help from her sister and me. She started planning twelve months before and even though it was our first experience putting on a large celebration, bringing it all together was fun and pretty stress-free. 

That is, until the epic winter of 2017 decided to drop record breaking snowfall that melted and swelled our local Boise river to flooding well into June. A week and a half before Annie's June 3 wedding, the parks department called us to say our beautiful riverside park venue was under water and we'd have to find another place for the wedding. They tried to relocate us to another park, but every single one was already reserved for that popular Spring day in June. People, like us, who had functions planned for our beautiful park system all up and down the river were desperately searching for new locations as the river rose higher and higher. 

We were so lucky that my other daughter and her husband live right next to their own small neighborhood park! We all met there to re-plan the ceremony and reception for the new location and simply decided to make the very best of it. Annie adjusted the vision she had for her wedding and we scrambled to rent what we needed to make the new park work. She was such a trooper in the face of disappointment, and I've never been more proud of her. Her sister and husband also stepped up and went the extra mile to get their park side yard ready for serving reception refreshments by planting flowers and even installing a gate between their yard and the park so guests could move freely back and forth. All of us got busy phoning, texting, and emailing the new address to the one hundred guests.

And it all turned out perfectly. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day or a more beautiful wedding. Here are some photos! (Photography by Verse & Venture.)

My husband and I feel like the luckiest parents in the world with our two beautiful daughters now married to two such wonderful men. Having our children find their perfect soul mates has been one of life's highlights for us, and having these fine young men become part of our close family is truly a joy. 

I'm so glad you stopped by to share Annie's wedding with us today. Thank you for coming!


  1. I'm so glad it turned out well, despite our over-flowing river!

  2. Oh, my word, Laurel - what a beautiful bride your daughter made! Her wedding looks beautiful - and wow what a story!!!! I am so glad she had a lovely and perfect sunny summer's day for her nuptials - and that her dream came true. What a trooper - most brides would've fallen apart. God's blessings to the beautiful and happy couple!

  3. It looks like it was a wonderful wedding! June 3rd was a hot day but you wouldn't be able to tell in these beautiful pictures. Congrats to you all!


  4. Annie is beautiful and I'm so happy everything turned out well. I wish the newlyweds many years of love and joy.

  5. What a perfectly lovely wedding. Congratulations!

  6. Your daughter was an absolute beautiful bride. The flowers are just gorgeous and the location looks perfect. So glad it all turned out and they had their special day in the park! Best wishes to the new couple.

  7. Oh Laurel, your Annie is just beautiful. Love her dress and the setting looks like it was perfect. We are in full wedding mode here...Megan gets married Oct. 7th to the most delightful young man. We are so honored to have Dylan become a part of our family. They are getting married at our farm so we've been getting things ready there. We do have a backup plan in place...just in case! Congratulations to the happy couple and thank you for sharing.

  8. Congratulations Laurel! What a beautiful bride and wedding. So happy for you and the whole family. XXX Maria

  9. Beautiful wedding Laurel!! The bride and groom look radiant. Everything looks perfect! Wish her and her husband a long life of sharing and loving each other.

  10. Annie's attitude says alot for how she was raised, wonderful parents. So happy for you all it turned out to be fabulous after all. Doggone old Mother nature.
    Annie made a beautiful bride for her handsome groom. Wishing them both all the happiness they deserve.
    Usually San Diego has gorgeous days in May but when our youngest was to be married by the beach weather had predicted rain for her outside wedding. We got busy renting a big tent just in case which ended up not needing, was beautiful day. We had come from Montana for the wedding so daughter was so happy we made it on time. Even our youngest son got to come from Grand Junction for the day.
    Things do have a way of working out don't they? Happy days

  11. What a lovely wedding. Her dress is beautiful and each little detail was perfect.


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