Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wedding Day Bliss!


We gathered on a beautiful day in May under sunny skies, light breezes and spectacular views of Manhattan from our location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On the right we saw the span of the Williamsburg Bridge, mid-town and the Empire State Building.....



...on the left we saw the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges and Lower Manhattan in the distance.



Straight ahead was the wedding arbor full of flowers and the chairs waiting for guests.



The wedding was about to begin and the string quartet began to play.


My handsome son escorted me to my seat.


My soon to be son-in-law Joseph's step mother and uncle entered, representing his parents who are sadly deceased.  We know they were with us in spirit that day!


...followed by my soon to be son-in-law and the minister.


Then my son, the bridesmaids, matrons and groomsmen processed in, one by one as the music played. Except for my son and one friend of the groom, all the groomsmen were all brothers of my son-in-law.


We then waited for this special moment...


...when my proud and happy husband and my sweet daughter began their walk down the aisle....

...towards her waiting groom.


They listened to the beautiful and sacred words of Corinthians 13:4-8:

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.  And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."



They also read their own vows that were written from their heart.


My eyes teared with joy as they proclaimed their love and devotion.



They exchanged wedding rings....


...again expressing their love for each other.



And they were pronounced before God and family and friends as husband and wife!



My husband embraced his new son....


...and Lisa and Joseph began their walk down the aisle as Mr. & Mrs.!


Of course I have much more to show, as we had a wonderful celebratory reception afterward that I know you will enjoy seeing.  I will blog more about the wedding soon, as many photos are coming my way that were so graciously taken by family and friends. It has been so wonderful to re-live these happy moments through these photos as we wait for the professional shots.  I was so relieved that those who traveled far for the wedding -- one of whom was a Navy buddy of my son-in-law who traveled all the way from a Navy base in Italy -- all arrived home safely. Honestly, the many months of planning and the build up of excitement and anticipation for this wedding was so worth it to ultimately give our daughter the wedding of her dreams. Thank you for being a part of the journey and for all your best wishes!  We could not be happier and more excited to see her marry a man who will love, honor and cherish her forever!



I'm linking this post to Pink Saturday on Beverly's blog How Sweet the Sound.  Beverly is celebrating the forth anniversary of Pink Saturday blog hop --congratulations, Beverly on a very successful and fun event!

I'm also adding this post to Think on These Things, Seasonal Sunday, Sunday Bridges, Scenic Sunday, Sunlit Sunday and Spiritual Sundays.  Many thanks to all the blog hosts.


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93 comments:

Ginny said...

What wonderful pictures! She is just exquisite in the beautiful wedding gown. And you are beautiful in the gorgeous dress, I bet you got tons of compliments on it and I think you must have come close to stealing the bride's show! I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures and everyone letting their hair down at the reception! Where was it?

Susie said...

Pat, How beautiful. Your daughter, you,your husband and new son-in-law will be a wonderful family. All of you looked smashing.Good job on the colors. Smiles, Susie

Claudia said...

I am reading this on my 26th anniversary with happy tears. Remembering the same Corinthians said at my wedding and looking at the beauty and love showing forth in those photos. And such a NYC wedding! And Pat - you are gorgeous! Only the bride outshone you a wee bit!

Sarah said...

Pat, what a perfect day for Lisa's wedding. It's so special to see these photos. Beautiful job! You look gorgeous as does your precious daughter. Congratulations to Lisa and Joseph as they begin their journey of married life. ~ sarah

Barbara F. said...

Beautiful! The bride, her mom, step-MIL, the view, everything. A most glorious day for all involved. Lots of good luck and many blessings to the newly married couple. Pat, your dress was gorgeous! xo

Tanya@takesix said...

What a beautiful day! Your daughter is absolutely gorgeous, Pat! I'm looking forward to more pics!! :)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I'm sitting here smiling, looks like a beautiful day Pat! I'm so glad the weather cooperated, I wish them a wonderful life together:@)

Old Kitty said...

Oh. My. Stars. Oh Pat!! Oh wow!! Awwww how beautiful! And look at your dress! I remember an earlier blog post where you teased us with the dress you were going to wear to your gorgeous daughter's wedding, and here it is! It's lovely!!! Yay!

Awwww I wish Lisa and Joseph all the best with their new life together! You and hubby look so proud and so you both should be! You have beautiful children and adorable grandchildren (and more soon, fingers crossed! LOL!)! Thank you so much for sharing these treasured memories with us! Take care
x

Vee said...

Oh I've been waiting for this post and it has been worth it!

What a beautiful day you had for a wedding. I smiled all day long knowing what a gift it was. That location is the perfect venue.

The groom is handsome, the bride gorgeous! Wishing them many, many happy years together.

(You look terrific...that is a beautiful color on you and a beautiful style dress. Everything just looks so perfect.)

Pondside said...

Pat - it's crazy here, as you will well remember from a week ago, but I've been checking to see when you'd post because I was anxious to hear how the celebrations went. Beautiful! You look stunning, your daughter - well - she is the quintessential lovely bride! So glad I checked for this post - I'm so happy to see that it was a beautiful day and to read that everything worked out so well!

Snap said...

Oh, Pat! How wonderful! Your daughter looks so beautiful and happy! I think you look beautiful and happy, too! Love your dress and hers. Love the purple. Love everything! Congratulations to all!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great wedding, well photographed, congratulations to the Bride and Groom and the parents.

Jenny said...

Oh Pat! Pat! I am sitting here teary eyed with goosebumps.

You look gorgeous! Everything looks gorgeous!

The setting is amazing.

The bride is beautiful beyond words.

Wow.

Just about speechless...which is a rare thing for me.

Congratulations to everyone! All of my best wishes for the future!

Hugs and Congratulations!

LDH said...

Beautiful! I have enjoyed each photo and every word in this post! Best wishes for the newlyweds!

Carol said...

Congratulations! They are a beautiful couple. What a gorgeous day you had, beautiful wedding. Best wishes always, Pat. You looked stunning, love your dress! Looking forward to more pictures.

LR @ Magnificent or Egregious said...

Your daughter looked beautiful in her dress (love that veil and the details on her gown!!) and you looked great in your dress Pat - the colour really suited you. Gorgeous setting, what could be better than the NYC skyline in the background? Sigh...

Looking forward to seeing the rest of the photos!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

How beautiful and wonderful. Best wishes for the bride and groom! What a lovely setting for a wedding.

annie said...

Beautiful! You and your daughter look stunning.
Many happy, loved filled years to you all.

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Pat dear,

This was glorious. I am such a sucker for weddings and cry like a baby.

Your daughter looked glorious and Yes, your son is so handsome!

Congratulations. I wish them great joy.

Sharon

Chatty Crone said...

Beautiful wedding in New York! It was lovely. And I really loved the one where your daughter is reading her vows - she is beautiful. Congrats.
sandie

Loretta a/k/a Mrs. Pom said...

Pat, what a glorious venue for the wedding. I can't imagine a more perfect afternoon and setting for your daughter's walk down the aisle. She is just beautiful and you, my dear, looked AWESOME!! As we prepare for our own wedding, I am so psyched to see yours!

Pamela Gordon said...

What lovely pictures of your daughter's wedding. I love your gown Pat. Beautiful! And your daughter looks radiant in her beautiful dress. The views from the wedding site are wonderful. I'm glad all went as planned and the day was a success. Blessings, Pamela

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Awesome, Pat... What a gorgeous wedding. I have loved seeing all of the photos and videos on Facebook... Thanks so much for sharing.

You look AWESOME... Your dress is incredible... Congrats!!!! AND you have a gorgeous daughter... What a beautiful wedding... Bet you are still in 7th heaven!!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Beautiful!

Sue said...

Hi Pat....I have enjoyed over the days seeing all the pictures on Facebook....Your daughter made a beautiful bride and you looked fabulous....that dress was gorgeous....loved the color. It was a perfect color for you....And the view from the ceremony was killer. Can't wait to see more!!

Vagabonde said...

Hi Pat - I thought about y’all last Saturday as we sat near a bridge in New York. It was such a lovely sunny day, just perfect for a wedding. You looked gorgeous in that dress – the color and style fitted you so well. Your sweet daughter is glowing in her lovely dress, and the rest of the party looks so happy. Sincere congratulations!

Willow said...

Oh Pat, what a beautiful setting, beautiful day, beautiful mother of the bride, beautiful bride--everything was beautiful!
Congratulations to your kids!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Sooooo beautiful, Pat!! Oh, all of y'all's planning really paid off with an absolutely gorgeous wedding. You look beautiful in your blue gown. What a perfect day! Congratulations and best wishes to the newly weds!! Looking forward to seeing more! blessings ~ tanna

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Awww...it looks like the most beautiful wedding! So happy for you all. Your daughter was most lovely...as were you. And what a perfect location. Blessings to the couple!

I look forward to hearing & seeing more of the wedding!

Betsy said...

wonderful..everyone looks so festive and what a view! :)

Sheila said...

It was almost like being there! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful wedding story with your blogging friends. Pat you looked gorgeous and your husband and daughter looked so relaxed and happy as they walked down the aisle. Your daughter is so beautiful! Wishing the very best to your daughter and her new husband as they begin their married life together.

Jojo said...

I'm teary-eyed looking at the love so apparent in these photos. The photos are picture perfect and everyone is beautiful. Can't wait to see more!

Kris said...

Oh Pat....what a stunning bride your daughter was!!!! Such a beautiful day too! So wonderful seeing these photos, of such a happy occasion!!! Can't wait to see more.
Oh, and her dress was gorgeous!!!
XO Kris

Buttercup said...

I've been waiting for these pictures, too, and so worth the wait. All beautiful. I'm trying to figure out exactly where the wedding took place -- the view is fabulous. Everyone looks terrific, especially the beautiful bride and you! I love the dress you are wearing. Every happiness to the bridal couple and all the family.

Ola said...

a wonderful wedding in a wonderful place!
Congratulations!!!

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podso said...

It looks like a perfect day! What a beautiful setting, wonderful colors (your dress is so lovely). What happy memories you now have to look back on. Beautiful new Mr. and Mrs.

So thankful with you!

Beverly said...

Oh, Pat. My heart is so full for you and your family. I cried as I read the scripture from Corinthians.

You look stunning. Your dress is gorgeous, and so are you.

And, your daughter is a vision of a dream come true.♥♥♥

Happy Pink Saturday, dear Pat. Thank you for sharing this forever memory with us today.

ellen b. said...

Oh what fun to see all these photos and to be promised more! You looked stunning Pat. That dress was just perfect for you. Love the color, too. What an amazing setting. Your daughter is gorgeous and the veil on that beautiful dark hair framed her face so nicely. The happy daddy. Sigh of relief for all of you that it turned out so so well. I'm glad people are sharing their photos...
Blessings.

Sea Witch said...

A spectacular day filled with love, sunshine and joy. Blessings to the new couple and all those they love.

Yvette said...

What a glorious place for a wedding, Pat. Truly memorable, not to mention, inspiring. Everyone looks wonderful. Your daughter is beautiful and happy. What a gorgeous day for a wedding outdoors. I'm getting misty myself...

P.S. Love your dress!

Riet said...

Oh Pat, what a beautiful wedding. Unbelievebel, I have never seen anything like it, we don't have that here.That wonderful setting and sight.. The bride was gorgeous in her beautiful dress and you looked stunning in your beautiful gown. The father of the bride looked very handsome and happy and all the guests looked their best.Wonderful memories for you and yours Pat.
Enjoy all the photo's that are coming in from the guests.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs from Riet.
PS I love your shorter hair, it looks so charming.

Theanne said...

beautiful, beautiful wedding Pat...and you in your dress, gorgeous! look forward to the photos to come!

Eli said...

What lovely pictures and happy memories!!!!
Congratulations, I wish Lisa and Joseph all the best!! Looking forward to seeing more!
Eli

LV said...

What a wonderful wedding and with such glorious sights all around. Thanks for letting us enjoy it through your lens.

dede said...

Wonderful wedding, wonderful bride and wonderful you! AUGURI!

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

What wonderful pictures to tell the story of this happy day!
Your daughter looked so beautiful and happy!
You looked lovely in your gorgeous dress with your son!
Thank you so much for sharing this special day with us!
♥ Jil

thestonerabbit said...

I can't think of a better way to celebrate Pink Saturday's 4 th birthday than with this wonderful review of your girl's amazing wedding! EVERYTHING was picture perfect!! And what a gorgeous evening you had for that outdoor event!!

Looking forward to seeing many more photos of the wedding and reception!

HPS!! L, Dana

The Gathering Place said...

What a beautiful setting for a romantic wedding! Your dress was lovely and the bride looked stunning. I'm sure it was a wonderful day.

Jacqueline said...

Congratulations! You looked stunning! That dress was fabulous - almost outshone the bride!!! She is so pretty. The pictures were wonderful and what a setting. How joyous!

Jeanie said...

What a be3autiful occasion and beautiful bride! I know you are proud indeed and with good reason!

bj said...

What a beautiful wedding...all the dresses were just stunning.
The bride was breathtaking and you were beautiful.The photos are awesome. Thanks for sharing this time with us.

Kathleen said...

How lovely, Pat! May God bless their marriage!
You lucked out with the weather. My son got married the same date and we had torrential rains!
Congratulations!

Trotter said...

Hi Pat! Congratulations!!
All the best for everybody there!!

No wonder you're not interested in St. Kitts... ;) Blogtrotter Two has it. Enjoy and have a great weekend!!!

steviewren said...

Pat, you looked gorgeous in your dress. I love that color and the rich color of the bridesmaids dresses too. Your daughter looked beautiful and your hubby and son-in-law seemed so happy. May the happiness of that day last forever.

Can't wait to see the rest of the photos!

Denise Adorian said...

How lovely you all looked,esp. the Bride and her Mother.I enjoyed looking at all the photos and I did spot the pink. Denise

LDH said...

This was such a special wedding that I just keep coming back to enjoy the photos over and over. You all look so beautiful and Pat, you look lovely! Your hair and the color and style of the dress is perfect! I love every pic!

A joy that you shared on Think on These Things!

Aledia said...

What a beautiful wedding...of course the colors are definitely getting a thumbs up from Plum Perfect ;)

Thank You for sharing this special day with all of us and your daughter is just beautiful!

Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

(hugs)
Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Barbara said...

What a beautiful wedding! Congratulations to all. These photos were wonderful to see.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Hi Pat! What a beautiful wedding! Your daughter looked stunning, what a beautiful young woman! In fact everyone looked beautiful! I LOVED your dress, you looked beautiful!

It sounds like everyone had a wonderful time, and you had such a beautiful day to welcome a new son into your family! Congratulations!

P.S. I have a feeling the wedding was last Saturday . . . my niece graduated from Fordham, it was a beautiful day!

Esther Joy said...

Beautiful setting, and beautiful wedding. Congrats to the bride and groom, and to you for the beautiful blog presentation!

Musings by Robert said...

Congratulations and thanks for sharing your love moments. My wife would have cried.

RNSANE said...

Pat, my dear...

I haven't been around too much but I am so delighted I checked in today. What a splendid occasion I was able to attend. Your daughter's wedding was so lovely - took me back to my son's special day two years ago!!!

You couldn't have had a more lovely New York spring day and you looked absolutely beautiful. Your daughter is/was lovely and the happiness of the occasion shone in everyone's eyes. I wish the sweet couple all the joy and love that life can bring.

I am off again to India the 16th of June after only 2-1/2 months at home...will be staying 6 months this time if all goes well.

Linda said...

Such beautiful photos! I wonder if the friend who flew in from Italy was Brian Provorse? Brian and I are friends and he had posted on FB that he had been to a wedding in NY last weekend! Your daughter made a lovely bride, and her daddy sure does look happy!

Kim, USA said...

Congratulations to the newly wed! I agree your daughter is stunning and gorgeous!

Kim,USA

Denise said...

Hi Pat,

What a beautiful spot for a wedding! Oh my goodness! Your daughter looks lovely; I really like her dress and veil. I'm sure it was a most special ceremony, and it looks like the weather was perfect. :)

Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

Denise at Forest Manor

Pinkim Kimberly Wright said...

How beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Pinkim from TrulySimplyPink...

Cherry Chick said...

Congratulations, Pat, to you and your family. You looked beautiful in your dress. It's so nice to share in your family moments. Wonderful photographs. I look forward to seeing more from your celebration.
Vicki

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

A wonderful setting. Love your outfit!

chubskulit said...

A beautiful moment!

I am a little late for my PS round but I wouldn't want to miss it. Here's my My PINK
Have a blessed Sunday!

chubskulit said...

A beautiful moment!

I am a little late for my PS round but I wouldn't want to miss it. Here's my My PINK
Have a blessed Sunday!

nanny said...

Oh Pat, what a beautiful wedding! Every detail is perfect. The setting is breathtaking! These pictures couldn't be better! I love your dress.

Lorrie said...

Pat, I'm just catching up on posts - how wonderful to see this glimpse of your daughter's wedding. She's beautiful and I love the look on her face as she waited to walk down the aisle - so sweet and almost shy.

Your dress is such a gorgeous colour, and what a lovely cut. It fit you and suited you to perfection.

Enjoy looking over photos and reliving the wonderful memories.

eileeninmd said...

Your daughter is beautiful. What a lovely wedding, Pat. Congrats to the newlyweds. I wish them all the best.

Mary said...

Pat~ I'm trying to get caught up visiting and so happy to see these wonderful wedding photos! What a beautiful setting and GORGEOUS bride your daughter made! I love your dress~ it looks like you had glorious weather for an outdoor ceremony~ a relief I'm sure! Best Wishes to the happy couple :)

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a gorgeous bride. Your dress was lovely as well. I love weddings and look forward to more photos.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Congratulations to the entire family, Pat. What a wonderful and beautiful day. Your daughter is such a lovely bride. Wishes for a lifetime of happiness to them both!
♥, Susan

Dianne said...

your daughter is stunning!
you looked fabulous, love the color of your gown

beautiful setting
beautiful couple
beautiful family

congrats

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Everything was perfect! I know you are so happy and proud. Your daughter looked gorgeous and so did you! What a beautiful setting and it looks like the weather was nice! Thanks for sharing, sweet Pat!

Brenda said...

What a beautiful wedding, Pat! You looked
lovely, and so happy. Thanks for sharing this special
day. (BTW...Corinthians 13:4-8 is my favorite.)

Sue said...

What a beautiful bride and mother-of-the-bride, as well~ Congratulations on your daughter's wedding, Pat! hugs, Sue

Jeanne said...

Gosh Pat, I am so sorry I didn't see this beautiful wedding sooner. We have been moving my sister out of her huge home into a smaller home for the past week including Saturday. They needed to live on one level because of my BIL's health. All is well and they are quite content in their new home.

Your daughter is beautiful and your son is handsome as well. Her wedding dress is gorgeous. The whole journey was a wonderful fantasy wedding. You are definitely blessed. Your dress is stunning. I saw a peek on FB. We said our vows too. It made the ceremony very special. I know the bride and groom wrote lovely vows.

The background view is just amazing. Beautiful weather and a beautiful wedding. A dream come true. Congratulations to you, your daughter and her husband and your family.

Thank you for your note Pat.
Hugs, Jeanne

Annesphamily said...

Congrats to the beautiful couple! Your daughter Lisa was a gorgeous bride! Your family is wonderful and it was so nice to see them all gathered here! A lovely wedding! You looked beautiful too Pat! I love that dress you chose and the whole day was picture perfect! Love to all of you!

Lovella ♥ said...

Pat...thank you for sharing. The wedding was beautiful. I loved your dress...so elegant and lovely on you. Your daughters dress was also so beautiful and she was such a lovely bride.
May the portion of scripture be a continual reminder of their love and devotion.

The colors are so gorgeous...my favorite.

The Tablescaper said...

How beautiful! Congratulations! What a view!!!

Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

diane b said...

Gosh, I can remember your excitement at finding a dress before I went away. Now when I come back the big event has passed. It was a wonderful setting and your dress and the bride's are beautiful.

Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs said...

So beautiful, each and every one of you. You and your husband beam with pride at your lovely daughter. The shots of you and your son and your husband and your daughter are especially touching. Wonderful time. Best wishes for a blessed union!

Donna said...

A warm congratulations to your family. Everyone looked wonderful. Love your dress. The bride looked lovely. The men handsome. Blessings.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

I just have to note that the mother of the bride came within a hair's breath of outshining in joy the bride herself. You are both such beautiful women!

I hope you will post close ups of the flowers later. I recall the flower choices were most carefully considered.

Linda said...

Everything looks so pretty...what a great place for the ceremony. Congratulations!! What a handsome couple they make!!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, Pat!! I have been reading through all the wedding posts I missed while I was out of town!! Every. single. detail. was just perfect!! PERFECT!! Loved getting to see all the wonderful photos and share in this beautiful moment. Just fabulous!!

blessings ~ tanna
ps I'm going to be looking for the Michelob Ultra Cider... I love the Cactus!! ;)

ARLENE said...

Pat, many happy blessings on you and your beautiful family. What a gorgeous wedding this was. I loved your gown, which, coincidentally, was the same color/fabric as the one I wore for my stepdaughter's wedding last year. Both you and your daughter looked beautiful. Can't wait to see the post of the reception.

Susie Q said...

Just truly a beautiful wedding. Perfect setting. Stunning bride and wow Pat! You are s beautiful! I love the look of joy and pride on your husband's face! Just a wonderful day! I am so happy for you all!
Love,
Sue

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I was just playing a little catch up tonight and came upon your daughter's wedding. Wonderful setting, beautiful couple, lots of happy faces! Congratulations.