S: DIANA & JASON'S WEDDING - THE DINNER RECEPTION VOLUME III
BC: Created and Edited By Janice Davison Hucks
FC: Our Wedding - The Dinner Reception | 12-05-09 | "Let it Snow"
1: It was a Magical Night | I had just walked down the aisle and married the man of my dreams. The atmosphere was festive and all that I had envisioned was coming true. As I entered the reception I am transported to a "Winter Wonderland" where red rose globes, crystals and red drapery hung from the ceiling and where my first dance with my husband took place under "Falling Snow". All was perfect as we celebrate with our family and friends on a night we will always remember.
2: The Reveal
9: Hors-D'oeuvre & Punch
10: The Dinner Reception
20: First Dance - I Cross my Heart
26: The Menu
30: Memory Table
31: Weddings of Yesteryear
32: The Cake
34: The Toast
35: Father of the Groom | I would like to thank everyone for coming out to celebrate the love we have for Diana and Jason and the love they have for each other, is obvious just observing them. Another added blessing is Diana’s family that we took to immediately. It took no time at all for us to be great friends. We all love Diana and Jason very much, Diana has been such an added blessing to our lives. We have always considered ourselves a loving family but Diana’s caring, thoughtfulness and always putting others before herself has just taught us something we did not know. I would like to ask everyone to raise your glasses and toast them to what I know will be a long relationship. Love you guys. Andrew "Drew" McIntyre
38: Father of the Bride | I feel the same way about Jason. He is a very blessed added addition to our family and I feel in my heart that he does love Diana and I feel the same way that Diana loves him very much. When we walked up there a while ago, I saw Jason shivering and a tear came down his eye. It just tore me up...so that tells me just how much he loves my daughter and we think the world of Jason. Diana and Jason, I want you to always remember your mother and I are always there for you, anytime, any night. So raise your glasses to Mr. and Mrs. McIntyre! Robert "Larry" Hucks
42: Maid of Honor | I’m Kathryn Barden, Aunt Kathy, as Diana calls me, and I want to welcome you all to this happy occasion. Her mother, Janice and I are sisters. I have been so fortunate because my sister and her husband, Larry have allowed me to share and participate in the lives of both of their children, Diana and Brad. I cannot begin to explain what this treasure has meant to me. I just want to say a few words about the bride whom I’ve known a while and then I’ll talk about the groom, who I’ve only known a couple of years but I look forward to getting to know even more. A few months ago, I had the privilege of attending my cousin Paige and her husband Trey’s wedding. My cousin, Linda is her Aunt and Linda gave a gorgeous speech about the wonderful bond she and Paige shared since her niece’s birth. It was absolutely beautiful. I remember thinking; “I can’t say that in my speech”. You see, according to Diana, she didn’t even know she had an aunt until she was maybe 10. All she remembered was she would get some really cool gifts at Christmas from some stranger who she really didn’t know. My life was different then. Circumstances at the time prevented me from being
43: around. I was the family member missing-in-action. Then, my life changed, somewhat unexpectedly. As one door closes, another door opens as they say. I had a niece and nephew I barely knew and I wanted to change that. I needed to change that. So, Diana and I started going places to get to know one another. Our first trip was to Hilton Head and Savannah when she was 18. I remember the two of us swinging in a hammock and talking, talking about life, talking about love, just talking. She was so open, so honest, so loving such important traits and I wanted to start and keep our relationship that way. And, we have. I would take her to conferences with me. OK, sometimes I skipped out on the class to explore with Diana. I remember taking her to Boston and just watching her awe as she went on her first plane trip, saw her first real skyscraper, ate her first New England lobster. We went to San Francisco and I watched her amazement at the culture in Chinatown, the beauty of the West Coast, and her fascination with the trolleys. These may sound like just things, but they were experiences. To watch her discover all these adventures for the first time must be like watching a child take his first steps or say his first words. It was that moving for me to share that excitement with her. With each trip, we talked more; we grew closer and a bond formed that can never be severed. When she was 20, she somewhat shocked me and asked to come live with me to attend nursing school in the area. Of course, I’m not the motherly type but the Aunt type of person. And, I was too old to raise a child! But, I also knew Diana well at this point. For a 20 year old, she was very mature. She was no longer a child.
44: Anyway, I discussed the possibility with my sister, Janice, her mother to see what she thought. We all discussed it together. And, with my sister and my brother-in law’s permission, she moved to the metropolis of Walhalla, SC where I lived to attend school. She did absolutely beautifully in nursing school and found her calling. We lived in a rather large house and would see each other in passing like many people who live under the same roof with busy lives. Yet, I got the chance to know her even more. I watched her grow. Contrary to what the law says, the age of 18 may signify adulthood but there is much learning and growing that should still occur during one’s 20s. And, not all do it. I didn’t unfortunately. I thought I had. But Diana did. I watched her grow into a beautiful young lady, one who has a good head on her shoulders, one who is smart, one who is mature, one who is compassionate, one who is loving, one who has insight, and one who has wisdom beyond her years. Growing as she did, acquiring all the traits I mentioned, didn’t come easily. She worked hard in school. She works hard as a nurse. She’s experienced heartache. She’s experienced disappointment. But, she took these experiences and grew. I am so proud of her! Some would have just laid down. Others, perhaps, would have given up. But, she picked herself up and found success and found
45: happiness. So, I’ve mentioned all these great things about my niece but nothing yet about Jason. Well, I’m leading up to that. Diana kissed a few frogs before she found a prince. But, when her prince came along, she was ready. She did not have to settle. For Jason is a mature young man, one whose life experiences have given him wisdom, as well. Their hearts were ready to be opened fully, to experience life fully and to love fully. They really are two peas in a pod. I met Jason for the first time two years ago. And what can I say? Wow! What a guy! He’s a wonderful young man, bright, compassionate, treats Diana like a queen, and enjoys the company of every member of our family. I know! I am proud to call him my nephew now. Welcome to the family, Jason.Diana and Jason have a full life ahead of them. Life nowadays is even more complicated than ever. There will be many happy moments, there will be challenging moments and yes, there will be sad moments. But, the two have each other. For these two are wise beyond their years,. They can meet and overtake adversity. And, their love will only grow stronger as a result. It’s a marriage of true love that I feel will stand the test of time. So, let’s raise a glass to the two of them: Here’s to Jason and Diana, through the light and dark, may they continue to grow even closer, their bond become even stronger, their love approach infinity. Dr. Kathryn Barden (Aunt Kathy)
49: The Song and Video About a year before our wedding, my mother showed me a video that brought us both to tears. The video and accompanying song was beautiful. The description in the song of the special relationship between a mother and her daughter described the relationship I have with my mother. I would have loved to have this song somehow included in my wedding but I knew I could never ask my mother to sing such an emotional song. During our wedding reception, after the wedding toast, my mother brought me a gift to open....Inside was a CD and DVD. At first I was not sure what it was but then I realized it was the song!!! My attention was directed away from the gift and over to a movie screen where a video started playing....the music playing on the video was the song...but it was not the recording artist who was singing....It was my mother! She had professionally recorded the song for me 6 months prior on June 25, 2009. Everyone, including Jason knew she had recorded the song but no one told me... As my mother's voice filled the room as she sang, "Every Mother's Dream" I was overcome with emotion which can be seen in the pictures that were taken while all of this unfolded.
52: Father & Daughter Dance "A Song for my Daughter" Ray Allaire Just once upon a yesterday I held you in my arms You grew into a little girl with lovely childhood charms Now it seems I only turned around And I see you by his side Oh, I can't believe my eyes today My daughter is a bride I guess somehow I always knew This day would soon be here Still I wonder as I look at you What became of all the years And no words could ever quite express The way I feel inside Oh, I can't believe my eyes today My daughter is a bride All the laughter and the teardrops The sunshine and the rain I would relive every moment, Dear If I could bring them all back again But now, my love, the time has come To send you on your way So I wish you every happiness And the blessings of this day And I hope the love I've given you Will forever be your guide Oh, I can't believe my eyes today My daughter - Oh, I can't believe my eyes My daughter - Oh, my angel and my pride My daughter is a bride
55: Mother and Son Dance A Song For My Son By: Mikki Viereck I Don't Know Where the Time Has Gone since Those Little Boy Days doesn't Seem That Long yet Here You Areit's Your Wedding Day and There's One Thing Darlingi'd Like To Say... Chorus You Filled My Life with So Much Joy as I Watched You Grow from That Little Boy now I'll Try Not To Cry as You Walk Away and Just Once More Darling i'd Like To Say... Chorus Be Kind, Be Sweetbe A Gentle Man care And Share and Always Be Fair and Remember Though You Now have Taken A Wife you Will Always Be My Son my Loving Son
60: Let it Snow
64: Garter Toss
65: Bouquet Toss
66: My Bridal Bouquet A Special Gift of Love to my Grandmother
67: It's time to Celebrate Let's Dance
75: The Send Off
78: The happiest day of my life... | 12-05-2009