And now the party!!!
This was the point in the night, where everything important had been done, and now it was time celebrate!!!!
John Lynch wrote this on his Facebook wall the morning after our wedding and it perfectly describes the night:
I helped perform a wedding last evening. But it was an entire historic community marrying off Aaron Mertz and Miranda Thompson. It is easy, in the day to day, to forget the power of life-giving community which stands together long enough, allowing a setting for God to do His wonder. Under a canopy of lights and perfect weather, in a magical backyard, God showed us His glory, power, love, patience, timing and grace. Friends laughed, mingled, danced and reunited, with great joy, not even noticing they'd been the heroes in this story. Sandy Mowen came out of retirement to shepherd us with grace and masterful skill, Don Nelsen did his magic with sound, David Pinkerton was the perfect MC, Kelsie Pinkerton and Sarah Doyle floated around the event, taking majestic pictures, Chris Tinard filmed with brilliance, the legendary JoAnn Stern made the cake, the Mozingos and great friends served up food fit for heaven. Nancy Hahn and friends helped present incredible desserts. Pat and Laurie, Randy and Linda showed how healthy families give their kids away, dozens of heroes helped serve, Mark Williams embarrassed us with dancing that is banned in several states. Dozens of others served without notice or fanfare. Last evening, I stopped several times and just stared at what love looks like in a community. Well played community. Well played. ~ John Lynch
And with that, there is no better way to describe the night except to just give you more pictures -
|A picture of our Venue - The Hearn House - after dark|
|Thousands of twinkle lights provided a magical glow|
|Nancy Hann did a flawless job of designing and coordinating our dessert table. She asked people to contribute and people made the most delicious treats for our guests! Literally perfection! I got one of the S'mores treats before they were all gone.|
|Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Mertz!|
|Our first dance was to "Today" - by Joshua Radin|
|Aaron and Laurie danced to "My Wish" - by Rascal Flatts|
|I'll do a separate post for the dinner, but it was in a word - Phenomenal!|
After the dancing and before the food, we watched a slideshow of mine and Aaron's lives. Shawn put it together for us and it was a hit! So fun that so many people at the wedding were in pictures with us when we were little or in high school. Amazing!
|Andy gave the "best man" toast|
|Kendra gave the "Maid of Honor" toast|
|After dinner, it was cake time! Aaron was a gentleman and didn't get any frosting on me... I on the other hand gave no mercy.|
|Get you're dance on!|
|Another photo favorite! He looks so terrified... what is going on here?|
|There it is... those who weren't prepared for it, were in awe - NOTE: He does have something on under the kilt... no worries :)|
|Josh and Kate did our guestbook and they are getting married in May!!!|
|with John and Stacey Lynch|
|Bruce was a groomsmen of course, but he and Janet did our pre-marital counseling. So blessed by them as friends!|
|These are my girls! We have stood by each other for the last 10 years! Can't believe I get to have each of them in my life! (From left to right: Kelsie, Nicole, Heidi, Sarah, me, Tara, Jessica, Jeannette, and Meredith)|
|Our amazing Photographers Sarah and Kelsie! They are responsible for all these beautiful pictures!|
|My nephews, Jonah & Nathan, made a night time appearance at the wedding!|
Read on my mom's blog about how she made the boys onesies with vest... such a sweet story!
During the dancing and dessert time, we had a photobooth open for our guests to have some fun! Our friend Rod Gipson did the photography! What a sweet keepsake to have our guests pictures from the photobooth. We also saw some crop up in this years Christmas card pictures!
|Aren't we adorable!|
|Fun with Sparklers!|
|And the Grand Exit!|
|A perfect end to the wedding!|