Saturday night we celebrated my in-law's (Charles and Ruth Anne) 50th wedding anniversary. My sister-in-law and I had so much fun planning this party. We started almost a year ago making lists, gathering supplies and purchasing all the little things that would eventually come together to create our vision. We put our own spin on what "50" looks like. No gaudy gold and black for us. We wanted a country theme but we also wanted elegant and I think together we achieved exactly that. We merged our ideas, my mother-in law's beautiful homemade wedding dress, my flea market finds, items borrowed from friends, Christine's mad skills with the Cricut machine and half of my house...literally... to create a very special evening for two very special people.
Aren't they ADORABLE? It's such a beautiful love story. One that I hope to exemplify.
The evening was shared with family....
and many friends...
Speaking of friends......We have our own cake boss here in the south.
I have no other words for this man except...AMAZING! He took two different versions of wedding cakes and created this work of art that we had hoped he could bring to fruition. Randy is a very special man. In more ways than one. Cakes are just one of his many talents. I could be here all day talking about his character.
The candy bar was a huge hit with the little kids....and the big kids alike.
Instead of gifts, we asked our guests to contribute a covered dish. We ended up with a huge spread of good southern cooking. Better than ANY catering people...but that's just my humble opinion. We washed all this good food down with sweet tea, and lemonade. Strawberry lemonade if that's what you prefer.
It was a magical evening celebrating love and family, good food and friends. Many people came from out of town. A testament to the legacy these two have created over the years.
Everything is packed away and cleaned up. I'll be spending the next few
days weeks trying to find a place for all these things I somehow stored before this party.
But it was SO worth every minute.
Special thanks to Christine for her co-hosting skills. I couldn't have pulled this off without her!
There are so many others who helped out in big and small ways and I appreciate all their efforts as well and everyone who came from near and far and brought their best dish and spent a few hours with us celebrating with these two wonderful people.
And as always, my husband, who always executes my visions and tirelessly keeps the magic coming.
He's the best part of me.