Friday, August 22, 2008

Introducing Mr & Mrs Christopher Davis

My son, Christopher, married his sweetheart, Ashley, on Friday, August 22nd.
It was a lovely wedding. It was held in the backyard of the bride's parents' home.

The handsome groom, Christopher.

The beautiful bride, Ashley.

Ashley's daughter, Destiny—my newest grandchild.

Waiting for the wedding to begin.
Christopher is on the left.
He asked his father, Craig, to be his best man,
and his step-father, Jim, to stand up for him.

The bridal processional.
Destiny was the flower girl.
Ashley's father escorted her down the aisle and gave her away.

The ceremony.
I never dreamed I'd see one of my children married by
a woman with purple hair, but she did a wonderful job.
The vows were very sweet.

Exchanging rings.

It's a done deal!

Photo compliments of McKenna.

The wedding cake.

My parents, with my niece Ryane.

Me, with the second cutest man at the wedding.
(I have to give Christopher first place honors today.)

After the wedding, we had a family dinner, then the reception. I gave a short toast at the dinner:

Jim and I are so pleased to welcome Ashley and Destiny to our family. We know that Christopher loves both of you very much. We’re so excited to have another sweet grandchild—this time a girl!

Ashley, I can’t imagine that I could have hand picked anyone who would make Christopher happier than you have. Thank you for loving my son.

My parents are here today. They will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in January. So I asked them what advice they would give to a young couple just starting their lives together. They said:

1. Don’t go to sleep angry; work it out or fight it out—but keep communicating until things are resolved.

2. Pray with each other and for each other.

3. Treat each other with great respect. Respect for each other will get you through times when love fails.

Chris and Ashley, I hope that the year 2058 has us all together again—in person or in spirit—celebrating your 50 wonderful years together as a family.

My greatest wish for the two of you is that through the years your love for each other will so deepen and grow, that 50 years from now you will look back on this day, your wedding day, as the day you loved each other the least.

I love you Destiny. I love you Ashley. I love you Christopher.


Annette Lyon said...


You look gorgeous in that picture.

Erika said...

Congratulations Chris! That's exciting. I can't wait to meet Ashley and Destiny.

Sandra said...

I am so sorry that I had to miss it. My fault I know, but still sorry. And I shouldn't have read this today when I am still weepy over Donovan and Kristina and Hunter being sealed yesterday. Seems we have to do these things together somehow, huh?

And I love the dress you found. Where did you find it- Kentucky?

Chanté said...

It looks like it turned out great. Destiny is such a DOLL! What a great toast and you look FANTASTIC!

Summer said...

Congrats on the new daughter in law and granddaughter!

Chris looks just like I remember him, only taller and with facial hair. :)

Stephanie Abney said...

Very sweet! Congratulations all around.

Stephanie in Mesa, AZ

Kenna said...

AW I wasn't able to get any pics of the actual ceremony going on. Yours turned out great!

Rebecca Talley said...

You look awesome, Karlene. Congratulations! What a wonderful family.

Tristi Pinkston said...

Gorgeous pictures, and you look pretty smokin' yourself, Karlene! And purple hair . . . well, purple's a nice color . . .

Marcia Mickelson said...

Congratulations. Looks like a lovely wedding, and you look wonderful in that picture!

Cindy Beck said...

Beautiful pictures, and such a handsome groom.

And you looked great! Congrats to everyone.

Kim Thompson said...

What beautiful pictures. Thanks for the look into your life. It was fun!

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Karlene - The wedding pictures are gorgeous! It looks like it was a beautiful ceremony . . . purple hair and all. :)

G. Parker said...

Karlene! You've grown your hair out. I really like it. You look great. Fun wedding shots...