Grant loves Brennan because he's wild and crazy, tons of fun, loves candy, kids, and Jesus. Oh and he taught Grant how to break dance. We love Brennan because he's a grown-up version of what we pray Grant will be like in ten years. We, like Grant, also love his fun, crazy, wild, candy-Jesus-and-kid loving personality.
The girls were initially enthralled with Kelsey because she's stunningly beautiful and had both a boyfriend and a big, pretty engagement ring. (These are fascinating things to little girls). They also fell in love with her sweet and fun spirit, her quickness to laugh, her love for Jesus and her love for them. We love Kelsey because she's taken the time to get to know each of our girls personally and goes out of her way to let them know that she thinks they're special. Of course we also love that she's tons of fun, and is a Jesus-and-kid loving role model.
Our family has spent the last six months getting to know this really great couple and were super excited to receive a wedding invitation addressed to "The Stilp Family." Before I told the kids, I clarified with Brennan and Kelsey that they indeed wanted all four of our children at their wedding. Their response? "Yes please. Kids are required." What's not to love about that?
We all dug out our wedding clothes from Peter and Molly's wedding (a blog post I've been wanting to write for over a year now - how embarrassing) and managed to recycle a good portion of our fancy clothes. Paige had grown so much that her dress was now a tunic top. Grant and Alli needed shoes. Grant really didn't want to wear dress pants, but Brennan (who was being "forced by Kelsey to wear a suit") gave Grant the green light to go with jeans.
Kelsey told the girls she planned to have an open call for flower girls at the wedding and then asked them to make sure they volunteered. Our girls felt so special and told everyone who would listen that they were "THE" flower girls in the wedding. I wish I could have heard the pre-wedding conversations of the other twenty little girls who also were flower girls. What a beautiful concept.
Kelsey and Brennan's wedding was outside at 5 Rock Ranch. Nestled in the foothills of Yamhill County, it would be hard to find a more serene or scenic setting for a wedding. God gave them incredible weather too - a little overcast (perfect for photos) and about 70 degrees.
|The archway where they exchanged vows|
|decor at the head table|
|Grant was really thrilled to get a sneak picture with Brennan before the wedding|
The procession of flower girls was really, really sweet. They paired up two by two and each flower girl very proudly carried a paper cone filled with flowers down the aisle before circling back to their parents.
|Paige and Hallie|
|Katie got to help Alomae come down the aisle|
|Alli and Sydney|
|our kids anticipating the bride's entry|
|so much tenderness|
|Mr. and Mrs. - congratulations!|
|This picture just captures Kelsey - always smiling. Always being kind to kids.|
|Grant thinks Brennan and Peter (pictured with Brennan) are about the best guys EVER.|
Oh, and we got a family picture where everyone is looking at the camera, showered, and not in camping clothes. SCORE!
Congratulations Brennan and Kelsey! We celebrate your love and look forward to making more memories with you both in the future.