Vicky and John knew each other when they were young. In fact, Vicky attended a Marine Ball with Johnny many years ago. God had a plan for their lives, they just didn’t know it then. Off they went in different directions, living separate lives. They were each blessed with beautiful children, six between the two of them. And then God brought them back together to be joined as one big family. A modern day fairytale.
Vicky and John’s invitation read, “Do you believe in fairytales? We do…. Join us as we head into happily-ever-after.” And a fairytale event it was!
Surrounded by their family and friends, in what felt like an enchanted forest, Vicky descended from her tower otherwise known as my mother in law’s amazing treehouse, to Johnny where their families were joined together.
I captured a few photos as Vicky prepared for her big day.
And then found the kids outside.
Vicky’s youngest son.
Vicky’s four beautiful kids.
Prior to the ceremony Vicky waited in the tree-house.
A special prayer prior to the ceremony.
Both of my beautiful sister in laws.
Johnny waited below.
As the ceremony began, each one of Vicky and Johnny’s children descended from the tree house and presented John with a single rose. The rest of their families also contributed a rose.
Vicky’s sister, Gayla, then tied the roses together to form Vicky’s bouquet.
Jett, returned to walk his stunning mother down
to where Johnny met her.
The ceremony was so beautiful and very spiritual.
The mothers of the bride and groom were acknowledged during the ceremony. Two amazing women!
Lots of happy tears.
The exchange of the rings.
The unity sand pouring ceremony.
AND…. the best wedding kiss EVER! Straight from a Fairytale!
The best part of the picture below…my niece Evie’s reaction!
The new Mr. and Mrs. Vicky and Johnny Tade!
And the whole clan.
Their first dance was to Blake Shelton’s, “God gave me you.” So appropriate and such a beautiful song.
And if this all wasn’t fairytale enough already, they cut the cake with a sword. A SWORD!! Awesome.
Vicky and her mom.
Johnny’s mom and Vicky’s mom. These two have been lifelong friends and couldn’t be happier for their kids.
And we finished off the night with some dancing!
These last photos need an explanation. This tradition started with a friend’s family long ago. They brought the tradition to my group of friends. We took it to my family weddings. It took place at my own wedding where Ken’s mom, after seeing this for the first time says, “We HAVE to represent the Bird family” and proceeded to join the rest of us on the ground. And here it is continuing at Ken’s family weddings. It goes like this… the DJ plays Proud Mary, everyone dances and sings along, the chorus of “Rollin, rollin, rollin on a river” begins and everyone, EVERYONE hits the deck and starts rolling. It’s a riot. No, seriously, it is. Here is the bride herself rolling.
…. and they all lived happily ever after.
I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect fairytale setting for your wedding. The day was absolutely beautiful and I was so honored and happy to be a part of it. Congratulations to you both, Vicky and Johnny. I love you.