S: Wedding Day of Alvin & Kara Paat
BC: Our journey begins...
FC: The happiest day of our lives... | July 31, 2010
1: On July 31, 2010 I, Kara Jan Kotter, married my very best friend, Alvin Edmund Robles Paat, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple for time and all eternity. We enjoyed being surrounded by family and good friends as we started this new phase of life together. The day started with the temple ceremony at 12:30 pm, followed by a luncheon at the Jameston/Taylor church building at 3:00 pm, and ended with a reception in my parent's backyard in Shelley, ID from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
5: Nephews- Oliver & Lucas | Grandparents- Ken & Colleen Fielding
6: Paat, Mathov & Dornidon families | Kotter, Fielding, & Henry families
8: I'm so happy I can finally call this man my husband. It's really a dream come true!
9: James & Michelle Rognon from Rognon Photography were our official wedding photographers. Michelle was one of my college roommates. My aunt, Jill Fielding, also took amazing photos for us so we had a good selection to choose from!
10: "Believe in happily ever after, and it will come true"
12: "IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND TO SAY 'I LOVE YOU' BUT A LIFETIME TO SHOW IT." - TERESA COLLINS
14: TWO PEOPLE, TWO HEARTS, TWO LIVES, BECOME ONE HEART, ONE MIND, ONE NEW LIFE TOGETHER.
16: Kennedy did great at gathering all of the gifts for us! | Nephews & Niece: Lucas, Oliver, & Abby | The entire Kotter family
17: My mom did a wonderful job decorating the tables for our wedding luncheon. The food was delicious. Kendal, Jason, & I performed "Beauty & the Beast" on the violin, piano, and flute. That's my favorite movie, plus the music itself was appropriate for the occasion. Alvin really wanted me to play my flute so I was more than happy to oblige.
19: The day before the wedding was spent getting the yard all ready for the reception and getting treats ready for guests. It took many hands to get it all done, but the end result was worth all the effort. | After getting decorations hung up we had a storm roll through the area so we first just held the paper lanterns to keep them from flying away in the wind, but when the rain came we quickly took them all down, moved them indoors, and took shelter underneath the tent.
20: true | Love | Michelle, James, & Elena Rognon
21: Our main reception was held in my parent's backyard in Shelley, ID. My dream of having my reception outside in my parent's yard came true! My mom outdid herself in decorating it for the occasion. I chose purple and green as my wedding colors and I loved how the finished product looked. My cousin Jared Fielding was our videographer. He did a fantastic job! The weather ended up being perfect even though we saw dark clouds headed our direction. Prayers were answered as the storm passed around our home in what seemed like our equivalent of the parting of the Red Sea and spared us from moving indoors. We appreciate all the family and friends who made the effort to send well wishes our way on our big day!
23: Our wedding day has finally come...
25: My mom made our gorgeous wedding cake. She is so talented! It looked amazing and tasted wonderful! We chose chocolate cake and enjoyed smearing it in each other's faces after cutting the cake. | Before the reception started, there were some birds hanging out in the tree above the dessert table. Hence our security team took the matter into their own hands.
28: Due to Alvin's request we did the traditional garter toss. Eric was the lucky one to pick it up first. My mom made a bouquet out of silk flowers for me to use in the bouquet toss. Savanna lucked out and caught it. I think one of the older girls should have fought for it!
29: First Dance | We chose to dance to "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts and for the daddy-daughter & mother-son dance "I Loved Her First" by Heartland.
30: Making our grand exit in a rickshaw chauffeured by Jared Fielding! He drove us to the end of the lane to our waiting car. | Luckily our family was nice and didn't decorate our car so we quickly left to spend the night at Destinations Inn in Idaho Falls.