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…which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

October 10, 2012

Directly after the ceremony, the crowd moved to an outside tent for the parent’s toast. And in the 55 degree windy weather with nothing but a light dress on, I listened to my mom give thanks for the love Miken and Tim share, to Vicki tell us that Miken is the best gift Tim has ever given to her (better than the dandelions when he was young?), and my dad barely getting his jokes out because he was too choked up. Everyone else made their way into the arena as the wedding party climbed into the wagon and snapped a few photos outside. We finished off the champagne and were eventually called into the arena to “All You Need is Love.” And for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver were introduced.

The room looked amazing with the lights perfectly hung. The arrangement of everything looked straight out of a magazine, or Pinterest, depending on how you look at it. The ambiance was both romantic and fun with signs hanging by the bar “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry”. There was a large tub of beer but cocktails were served in the saddle room as well. There was a corner where everyone could find their seating arrangement hung on a vintage chicken wire frame. There was 20 wine bottles to sign as the guest book with a large “Oliver” hanging above, made from wood from the barn itself by the owner. The appetizers were beautifully cut vegetables by all of our aunts arranged sweetly on the back table.

And the flowers, oh, the flowers. Every centerpiece was different with vintage vases and pots filled with wildflowers. There was a weeping willow heart hanging behind the head table as well tall grass to make us feel like we were out in a prairie. Audrey did fabulous. As we took our seats at the head table, each of us had a different vintage glass for toasting and cow bells for ringing in case we wanted to see the lovely couple smooch.

Dinner, needless to say, was delicious as well. Ida’s Catering did a fantastic job. Tim went to get Miken’s plate for her (que the “Awww“) but when he came back without the vegetarian lasagna, she turned him right around. And she was right, it was amazing. (But so was the beef carving and the blackened chicken and the green beans…I, however, did not try the mashed potatoes.) And the pastries for dessert made everyone happy; small carrot cakes, truffles, mini cookies, and every bite sized item you can imagine. They were gone so quickly, the bride didn’t even get a bite. (If I were a better sister, I would have grabbed a few for her.) Speeches fell in there somewhere highlighted by Mikey and “Tiom” being Frey’s best friends and Tim being the “…better man” according to the best man, Paul.

The dancing began with the first dance as a married couple. Many of you may not know the meaning behind the song Miken and Tim danced to. On November 26th, 2011 when Tim proposed, he played “Give in to me” from Country Strong on the guitar for her and a diamond ring just happened to be attached to one of the strings. (Play the song above!)

My dad and Miken dance to “You are my Sunshine” adapted by Johnny Cash and Vicki and Tim danced to The Beach Boys (because nothing is better).

Between all of the pictures and the music and the dancing and the, dare I say it, “lasso-ing”, 250 loved ones witnessed the beginning of a marriage of two of the most beautiful people I know. The love that filled that room was immeasurable throughout the night. The way they looked at each other with such compassion and tenderness cannot be summed up in mere words. The fact that there was not an empty seat and, in fact, more seats had to be brought in just shows the number of people who truly love this couple and see them as an inspiration for many years to come. Now I see why she wanted the “big wedding”. Everyone who has every touched Tim and Miken in an important way was there to be with them on the biggest day of their lives.

And because of this we celebrated.

Some of us harder than others but it was definitely the most fun any of us had ever had.

(Photos thanks to family friend Danyelle, Amy, and Sara Sklenka)

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Sara permalink
    October 10, 2012 5:29 pm

    1. I’M FAMOUS!
    2. HOW DID I MISS THE COW BELLS??!?!
    3. jason and i may or may not have had 2 plates of dessert .. sorry Mikey. they were delicious!

  2. Whitney Breanne permalink
    October 10, 2012 6:43 pm

    sara we look like long lost loves in the dancing picture…. and i didnt get dessert either,….. hmmmm

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