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September 10, 2014 / diannegray

Wedding bliss

I’ve been offline for about a week for a very good reason. My daughter was married in Melbourne on Saturday and it was the wedding of the century (I’m not being bias! LOL). My daughter is one of the most organized people I know and the amount of planning and preparation that went into this wedding really showed on the day. Everything was absolutely perfect.
I haven’t received the ‘official’ photographs yet, but in the meantime check these out. We had an absolute ball!

The first few pics were taken in the photo booth that was set up during the reception.

Me and my friend Harriet

Me and my friend Harriet

Me and Harriet again

Me and Harriet again

Me and my son Nick and his girlfriend Hannah

My son Nick, his girlfriend Hannah and me (Hannah had her head down and all you can see is the hat!)

Nick, Hannah and me again

Nick, Hannah and me again

Nick thought the photos had finished so Hannah and I were trying to get him back

Nick thought the photos had finished so Hannah and I were trying to get him back

Oh well, just us left!

Oh well, just us left!

My beautiful daughter before the wedding

My beautiful daughter before the wedding

My daughter and two sons after the wedding

My daughter and my two sons after the wedding

 

I’m SO proud. My first experience as Mother of the Bride was one of the most amazing and loving experiences ever.

More pics to come when the ‘official’ photos come through!

 

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  1. John / Sep 10 2014 1:32 pm

    Wow, how wonderful! Congrats to the happy couple, Dianne!! Your daughter is beautiful.

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    • diannegray / Sep 10 2014 1:40 pm

      Thank you, John. She is absolutely beuatiful and looked the part on the day! It really was the best wedding I’ve ever been to 😀

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  2. Carrie Rubin / Sep 10 2014 1:35 pm

    Glad everything went well! The pics are lovely. While I was looking at them, I kept thinking, “Wow, Dianne looks so young!” Beautiful family. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Sep 10 2014 1:43 pm

      Awww, thanks Carrie, it’s amazing what a bit of make-up can do 😉

      Nothing went wrong on the day and it was amazing. We all had so much fun. Seriously one the best days of my life 😀

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  3. Ruth Rainwater / Sep 10 2014 1:43 pm

    Beautiful family! And congratulations on a gorgeous wedding. 😀

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  4. avwalters / Sep 10 2014 1:57 pm

    What a wonderful reason not to be writing. Some of the time, you have to be living or you won’t have anything to write about. These photos show that you really do it up right on the living part. Congrats on your lovely family–and all the best to the lucky young couple.

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    • diannegray / Sep 10 2014 1:59 pm

      Thanks so much, Alta. It was such a wonderful experience and made all those years of parenting worthwhile 😉 The happy couple are now on their way around the world and I really miss them!

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  5. Hazy Shades of Me / Sep 10 2014 2:00 pm

    Oh my gosh! Gorgeous…all of it, but especially the bride. Congrats, Dianne!!

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    • diannegray / Sep 10 2014 2:22 pm

      Thank you darling! I can’t wait to see the professional shots 😀

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  6. EllaDee / Sep 10 2014 2:25 pm

    You all look wonderful 🙂 And happy, and celebratory, just as you it should be. What a milestone and accomplishment for you and your family. Congratulations to all. Thank goodness there are photos – as wedding days are busy and go by so quickly – to record it for posterity and happy memories.

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    • diannegray / Sep 10 2014 2:34 pm

      I just loved the idea of the photo booth. All the pics went into an album for the bride and groom. There were loads of cameras there as well as the professional photographer so as the pics dribble in I’m checking them out. They’re on a honeymoon now for a month and I’m going to have to wait that long to see the entire wedding album! Can’t wait 😀

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      • Jacqui Murray / Sep 18 2014 12:30 am

        That’s a clever idea, Dianne. Now if I could only get one of my children to date someone, I might have need of a wedding plan. Right–that doesn’t seem to happen!

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  7. JackieP / Sep 10 2014 2:29 pm

    Beautiful family Dianne! And the mother of the bride is stunning! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Sep 10 2014 2:34 pm

      Awww – thanks, Jackie. I love what make-up can do! LOL 😀

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  8. Carol Britt Bryant / Sep 10 2014 2:45 pm

    Beautiful family! I agree that being the mother of the bride is a very special event. One that you will hold in your heart forever.

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:18 am

      It was just wonderful, Carol. I don’t think I realised how nervous I was about it until it was all over and I got back to the farm and relaxed! 🙂

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  9. harulawordsthatserve / Sep 10 2014 3:58 pm

    What a beautiful post on every level:-) Congratulations Dianne, on a day of joy and celebration with your beautiful family – I do love a good wedding:-) Hugs, Harula xxx

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:22 am

      There’s nothing better than a good wedding, Harula. Everyone is happy and celebrating love – what could possibly be better in life…

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  10. jannatwrites / Sep 10 2014 4:47 pm

    Everyone looks so happy! The photo booth photos made me smile – I remember goofing off with friends in high school when we’d have contests to see who could make the funniest face. Those are some pics I’d never want to find on the internet 🙂

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:24 am

      I remember those old photo booths as well, Janna! We’d all pull faces and I’m glad we didn’t have the technology then that we do now! The wedding was sensational and everyone was so very happy – and I guess that’s the secret of a wonderful celebration 😀

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  11. Gallivanta / Sep 10 2014 4:55 pm

    What a perfectly splendid reason to be absent from your blog. You have every right to be proud of your lovely daughter and yourself and your family. Congratulations and then some. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:27 am

      Thank you so much. I’m so glad it went off without a hitch and everyone had a great time. Phew – now I can relax and get back to writing and relaxing! I’ve only just realised as I’m sitting here this morning that I must have been a little nervous about it for the last few months but put it to the back of my mind 😀

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  12. davidprosser / Sep 10 2014 5:11 pm

    I see where your daughter gets her beauty from. The event might have been well organised but what a great idea to include the fun photo booth. It looks like you had a great day. Congratulations to the Mother of the Bride and to the Bride and Groom.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:28 am

      Thank you so much, David! The photo booth idea was fantastic. They now have (as well as the professional photographs) an album with all the photo booth photos and a little message from each person. Brilliant idea! 😀

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  13. starproms / Sep 10 2014 5:47 pm

    Congratulations Dianne. It sound like a wonderful event. It’s always lovely to have the family together too, isn’t it. Looking forward to seeing some more pictures soon.

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:32 am

      Families usually only travel thousands of miles to meet for two reasons and the wedding reason is the best one! I just love seeing all the family and this was the best celebration ever! I can’t wait to see the other pictures. The happy couple are on a month honeymoon, so I’m just going to have to wait 😉

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  14. Theo Fenraven / Sep 10 2014 6:45 pm

    What an attractive family, including you. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:34 am

      Thank you my dear! Make-up is a great thing 😉 We all had a an absolute ball and I’m sure it was the amazing organisation that made the day perfect. I don’t know where she gets her organisational skills from – certainly not me 😀

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  15. ramblingsfromamum / Sep 10 2014 7:15 pm

    Congratulations to your daughter and your new son in law. Being Mother of the Bride, it’s a wonderful feeling and a magical day. You look gorgeous as does she and I’m glad it all went smoothly. Look forward to the photos. The photo booths are a great idea, my nephew had one and also dress up costumes, many a crazy photo was had. 🙂 xxx

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:36 am

      The photo booth is fantastic. There were dress up costumes there but I didn’t wear any (I was wearing a hat for the wedding! Unheard of) 😉 All the pics from the photo booth went into an album with messages from each person. Now that’s a job I’d love to have! 😉

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  16. Al / Sep 10 2014 7:21 pm

    Congratulations to your daughter. Sound like it was an awesome time

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  17. livritome / Sep 10 2014 7:50 pm

    So wonderful! Best wishes to your beautiful daughter. Great pictures! L.

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:37 am

      Thank you! I’m really looking forward to the official ones. Can’t wait 😀

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  18. the eternal traveller / Sep 10 2014 8:14 pm

    There’s nothing like a wedding for getting the family together. You all look so happy. What a wonderful day. Congratulations!

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:38 am

      It was a fantastic day! Thank you so much 😀

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  19. Betty / Sep 10 2014 9:07 pm

    Congratulations! Beautiful!

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  20. bodhisattvaintraining / Sep 10 2014 10:34 pm

    absolutely gorgeous 🙂

    my turn in a couple of weeks!

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:40 am

      YAY! Best of luck and I can’t wait to see your pics xxxxx

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  21. nrhatch / Sep 10 2014 11:15 pm

    Fun! Love the photo booth snapshots and the gorgeous bride and her adorable mom and Hannah in her Hat and . . . everything.

    The only thing missing is YOU wearing a Sari. 😉

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:42 am

      LOL! I’ll have to get a pic of me in a sari next time I’m with my goddaughters 😀
      The photo booth was a fantastic idea. All the pics were put in an album for the bride and groom with a little note from each person. They had a lot of giggles going through the album the day after the wedding 😉

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  22. Rebecca Bradley / Sep 10 2014 11:32 pm

    Congratulations! Your daughter looks beautiful. You have some wonderful photos and I’m some sure even better memories.

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:43 am

      Everything was perfect, Rebecca. My daughter is gorgeous and was so organised I was amazed! Thank you so much for the congrats 😀

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  23. Jacqui Murray / Sep 11 2014 12:26 am

    What a wonderful family, Dianne. I love the idea of the photo booth. I can only imagine how sad/happy you were/are. I have a daughter and wonder how I’ll ever think any man is worthy of her. Sigh.

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:47 am

      She is my only daughter, so he has to be ‘perfect’ LOL. I absolutely love my new son-in-law, he’s a gem and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t know how I would have coped if I didn’t like him (yikes – I don’t even want to think about that).

      The photo booth was brilliant 😀

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  24. Jill Weatherholt / Sep 11 2014 1:36 am

    Congratulations to your beautiful daughter, Dianne! She definitely takes after her mother in the looks department. 🙂 I’ve missed you!

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:49 am

      Thank you so much, Jill! I’ll take those kind of compliments any day 😀

      I’m back now and rearing to go again. I didn’t realise until this morning that I must have been a little stressed about the wedding for the last few months hoping it would be ‘perfect’ and it was! Now I’m relaxed 😀

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  25. Billy Ray Chitwood / Sep 11 2014 1:41 am

    What a beautiful Bride! What a beautiful Mother of the Bride! What beautiful Sons! What a beautiful family! Julie and I just returned from a Granddaughter’s wedding in Maryland, so the beauty and excitement resonate with us! All beautiful blessings to the newlyweds and to your entire family!

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  26. Pagadan / Sep 11 2014 2:56 am

    Lovely bride and lovely dress!

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  27. danniehill / Sep 11 2014 4:39 am

    I have to say, Dianne. You look more like a sibling than the mother. But your daughter is beautiful, too!

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:55 am

      Awww – thank you so much Dannie (make-up is a wonderful thing!) 😉

      It was a fantastic day and one I’ll always cherish 😀

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  28. char / Sep 11 2014 5:32 am

    How fun for you! Brings back memories for me of last year when mine tied the knot. Your daughter is gorgeous! I love the fun outtakes.

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:57 am

      It was wonderful fun, Char. The photo booth pictures were a great idea on the day 😀

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  29. Bonnie / Sep 11 2014 6:01 am

    Diane, how beautiful – bride and her mother! I bet it was a stunning day! The photo booth pics are so much fun and have been to a wedding where they had one and it just adds so much fun to the experience. Love that you shared some of your spontaneous moments here! xo

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 7:59 am

      Thank you so much, Bonnie. I’d never heard of the wedding photo booths before, but it’s certainly a wonderful idea and adds so much more spontaneous fun to the day 😀

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  30. Margie / Sep 11 2014 8:07 am

    Lovely wedding!
    I’ve been Mother of the Bride three times, and it was just as wonderful and exciting the last time as it was the first and second!

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 8:18 am

      Fantastic, Margie! And congratulations for doing it three times. I only have one daughter, but I could do this again and again! 😀

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  31. T. W. Dittmer / Sep 11 2014 11:50 am

    Congratulations, Dianne. My best wishes to your daughter. 🙂

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  32. Polysyllabic Profundities / Sep 11 2014 11:52 am

    How lovely….the bride, the mother of the bride….I’m glad it was such a great day!! xx

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 2:38 pm

      Thank you – it was the best day ever ! 😉

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  33. Yolanda M. / Sep 11 2014 12:51 pm

    Stunning pics Dianne! you all look fantastic! congratulations to your daughter 🙂

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 2:38 pm

      Thank you so much, Yolanda 😀 It was a day I’ll cherish forever 😀

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  34. pommepal / Sep 11 2014 2:33 pm

    What a gloriously fun and happy occasion for every one Dianne. Love the candid snaps and look forward to the “official” photos.

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    • diannegray / Sep 11 2014 2:39 pm

      I can’t wait for the ‘official’ photos 😉 The newlyweds are travelling the world at the moment so I’ll have to wait another month! xxxx

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      • pommepal / Sep 11 2014 2:48 pm

        What a fabulous way to spend a honeymoon

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  35. Amy Reese / Sep 11 2014 3:23 pm

    How wonderful, Dianne! Congratulations! Everyone is so beautiful. Your daughter is a beautiful bride, and I can see you’re glowing in these photos. You look lovely. I’m so happy everything came together. Weddings can be so stressful sometimes. Yay!

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    • diannegray / Sep 12 2014 7:08 am

      I was a bit stressed the weeks leading up to it (but I didn’t realise until it was over!) It was awesome and so well organised! There’s nothing better than a great wedding filled with love 😀

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  36. Tiffany / Sep 11 2014 9:47 pm

    Wow Dianne you have such a beautiful family! The wedding sounds wonderful and I look forward to seeing the pictures! Congrats to your daughter! I hope her marriage is full of love and happiness!

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  37. Janna G. Noelle / Sep 12 2014 1:04 am

    Congratulations, Dianne! Weddings are fun and it looks like everyone had a great time.

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    • diannegray / Sep 12 2014 7:11 am

      That we did, Janna. It was absolutely fantastic! 😀

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  38. Zen A. / Sep 12 2014 7:44 am

    Aww, congratulations, Dianne! Your daughter looks stunning! Also I’ve never heard of a photo booth being used during receptions, what a fun idea! 😀

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    • diannegray / Sep 12 2014 7:46 am

      Thanks, Zen! My daughter did look gorgeous (if I may say so myself!) and it was a fantastic day 😀

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  39. Photos With Finesse / Sep 12 2014 1:13 pm

    Fun weddings are the best weddings – it’s all I shoot LOL. We always have tons of laughs. Both you and your daughter look gorgeous – in fact, a lot more like sisters! (And for Zen, photobooths at weddings are huge here in Canada).

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    • diannegray / Sep 13 2014 6:57 am

      It was great having the photo booth as well as the professional photographer. Because my daughter is now on her honeymoon I won’t see the professional pics for about another month so it’s good to look through the others. I can’t wait to see the pics!

      Thank you so much for the ‘sisters’ comment – I can’t ignore an amazing compliment like that! 😀

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  40. rilzy / Sep 12 2014 11:08 pm

    Congrats to your daughter. She is stunning in her dress. I wish her a long, happy marriage!

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  41. donnajeanmcdunn / Sep 13 2014 6:23 am

    Congrats and she looked beautiful!

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  42. Anna Hergert / Sep 14 2014 2:02 pm

    Congratulations to the bride and groom! Beautiful family and the pics really show how much fun everyone had!

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  43. tw / Sep 14 2014 6:59 pm

    Beautiful, fun and truly lovely. Wishing you all much happiness in the years ahead.

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  44. anotherday2paradise / Sep 15 2014 7:50 pm

    Congrats to you and also the happy couple. 🙂 Both you and your daughter are really gorgeous. xx

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    • diannegray / Sep 16 2014 7:25 am

      Thank you, Sylvia. It was a grand occasion and I had a ball 😀

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  45. restlessjo / Sep 16 2014 1:16 am

    I’m so glad I came a-calling! How absolutely fabulous, and more importantly, happy, you all look! Thrilled for you, Ma-in-law 🙂

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    • diannegray / Sep 16 2014 7:27 am

      Thanks, Jo! First time as mother of the bride – with only one daughter I had to make the most of it! 😀

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  46. 1girl4adamwest / Sep 16 2014 3:23 am

    okay, 2 things. first what an awesome wedding dress! Your daughter in law is Gorgeous!!! and has anyone told you, that you & Hannah look like sisters??!!? You are totally a rocking mom!!! Congrats to your family and the newlyweds!!!!

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    • diannegray / Sep 16 2014 7:28 am

      Awww – thank you! I’ll have to tell Hannah 😀

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  47. 1girl4adamwest / Sep 16 2014 3:25 am

    ooops oops! Your daughter wearing the gorgeous wedding dress!!!

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  48. cestlavie22 / Sep 16 2014 11:03 pm

    Congrats!! That must be super exciting for you! And the pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I hope you enjoyed the day!!

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    • diannegray / Sep 17 2014 1:26 am

      I had an absolute ball! Thank you so much for the congrats 😀 😀

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  49. bulldog / Sep 17 2014 5:36 pm

    Oh WOW…. what a wonderful day for you to experience, and if a boertjie may say so… you daughter is a beautiful woman, as beautiful as her mother… and two sons, are they married yet ? If not you have more fun to look forward to… look forward to more photos…

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    • diannegray / Sep 19 2014 7:06 am

      My sons aren’t married yet, Rob, but they have lovely partners and I’m pushing 😀

      It was a fantastic day and I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat 😀

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      • bulldog / Sep 19 2014 4:36 pm

        Must admit I did enjoy all three of my kids weddings…. now I’m sorry I didn’t have more of kids… lol

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  50. Minuscule Moments / Sep 18 2014 6:59 am

    Dianne I love your B/W pics and how gorgeous is your daughter, gets her good looks from her mother I can see that. Thank you for sharing the special day.

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    • diannegray / Sep 19 2014 7:07 am

      Thank you, Kath. It was a brilliant day and everything went off so well. Great memories! 😀

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  51. tchistorygal / Sep 18 2014 8:06 am

    I’m so glad it was a wonderful wedding. Your pictures are lovely, and no wonder, what beautiful people! Can’t wait to see the rest of the show! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this beautiful day in your life. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Sep 19 2014 7:08 am

      You’re welcome, Marsha! It was just so perfect 😀 And thank you for the beautiful people comment *shucks*!

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      • tchistorygal / Sep 19 2014 5:46 pm

        It’s the perfect occasion for being beautiful, but you are a beautiful person from the inside out, which is what we see when we blog. 🙂

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      • diannegray / Sep 21 2014 7:05 am

        Awww – thank you so much 😀

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  52. Kate Johnston / Sep 18 2014 8:37 am

    You can’t possibly be old enough to have children of marrying age! You look like you’re 30 in those pictures!! Must be that good Australian fresh air! Congrats to your daughter!

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    • diannegray / Sep 19 2014 7:09 am

      Awww – thanks so much, Kate! Now I’m feeling 20 years younger after reading your comment 😀

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  53. gabrielablandy / Sep 19 2014 1:45 am

    Hmm, you’ve been offline for a week, I think it’s been a few months for me. Love those photos, I can imagine how much fun you had. It’s good to catch up to what’s going on for you. I have no internet now, living very humbly in a forest in a building in need of restoration!

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    • diannegray / Sep 19 2014 7:15 am

      You sound like me, Gabriela! I have internet but it’s VERY intermittent. I’ve got a ton of tips for restoration after working on the RUC for two years. Let me know if you need to know anything 😉

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  54. Kourtney Heintz / Sep 19 2014 6:01 am

    Love the photo booth candids! Your daughter is a gorgeous bride. What a lovely day! Congrats!

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    • diannegray / Sep 19 2014 7:16 am

      It was amazing, Kourtney. I loved every moment of it! 😀

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  55. Piper George / Sep 21 2014 8:00 pm

    Congratulations – and how beautiful. I’m glad it all ran smoothly.

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    • diannegray / Sep 22 2014 7:03 am

      Thank you so much, Piper – I had a fantastic time (and so did the bride and groom!) 😉

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  56. Marylin Warner / Sep 22 2014 8:02 am

    What a beautiful family, Dianne, and a wonderful wedding. So much joy, and the pictures show genuine celebrations of best wishes and shared hope. Congratulations!

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    • diannegray / Sep 22 2014 8:13 am

      Thank you so much, Marylin! We all had an absolute ball 😀

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  57. agjorgenson / Sep 22 2014 11:27 am

    Congrats! What wonderful news. You must still be reeling with joy.

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  58. Cynthia Reyes / Sep 23 2014 12:10 pm

    Congratulations to all.

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  59. helpwithyourlife / Sep 26 2014 3:22 pm

    Congratulations, and thanks for sharing about this joyous event Dianne! What a beautiful bride, and Mother of the bride too! The photo booth idea was very clever. Sounds like a fantastic time for all! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Sep 27 2014 7:41 am

      It was absolutely wonderful, Cathie! Good vibes and loads of love felt all day – what every day should be like! 😉

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  60. beeblu / Sep 29 2014 12:45 pm

    How fabulous, Dianne 😀 What a gorgeous bride and mother-of-the-bride. Looks like a very happy day. Love the photo booth photos 😀

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    • diannegray / Sep 29 2014 12:48 pm

      The photo booth was so much fun! They now have a complete album of just photo booth photos with comments. It’s such a great idea. We had a wonderful day 😀

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  61. 1EarthUnited / Oct 1 2014 12:37 pm

    Best wishes for the future, Mazel tov! 🙂

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  62. DaydreamsInWonderland / Nov 16 2014 5:59 pm

    Aww! How sweet! Your daughter looks absolutely gorgeous. I love the photo booth pics too!

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    • diannegray / Nov 17 2014 5:47 am

      The photo booth was a great idea. I’ve got the rest of the pictures now – I just have to find time to write another post 🙂

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