On Being a MOB…

…Mother Of the Bride that is.  On Saturday (two days ago when this post goes live) my oldest daughter got married.  She is the first of my four children to take this step and it was a very emotional day for me.  In fact, I hope you’ll forgive this indulgence, but I’m still too wrapped up in the occasion to produce an intelligible post for you, so instead, I’ll let the following pictures do the talking for me.  

Oh, and because this is such a very special occasion, I’d like to share a little touch of  the joy I feel by offering one visitor today a choice of any of my books, currrent or back list.

 
 

Proud parents with bride. (As you can tell from my flushed face it was a HOT July afternoon)

 

Bride and bridesmaids - who just happen to be my other two lovely daughters

The bride and flower girl

 

The bride and groom (my handsome new son-in-law) cutting the cake

My husband and our two younger daughters

 

My son and his girlfriend

 

Me and my beautiful daughter near the end of the reception

Winnie Griggs
Winnie Griggs is the author of Historical (and occasionally Contemporary) romances that focus on Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace. She is also a list maker, a lover of dragonflies and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.
Three of Winnie’s books have been nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and one of those nominations resulted in a win.
Winnie loves to hear from readers. You can connect with her on facebook at www.facebook.com/WinnieGriggs.Author or email her at winnie@winniegriggs.com.
Updated: July 25, 2011 — 1:09 am

43 Comments

  1. So wonderful. I love all the pictures but, as I told you on FB, the cake picture, well, takes the cake.

    I am surprised you had enough energy to even post pictures! Any advice for this soon to be MOB?

    Oh, and especially love your necklace!

    No need to put me in the drawing as I have all your books! 🙂

    Peace and happy post wedding recovery, Julie

  2. You have a beautiful family. Your daughter was a beautiful bride. I pray she is as happy in her marriage, as I am in mine!

  3. Beautiful family photos,,I had 2 weddings last year also,my 2 sons got married 2 weeks apart an 1200 miles apart,it was such a busy time trying to get an be everywhere we needed to be in that time frame before an after the weddings,,whew,but it was beautiful an each married a wonderful girl,none planned for this year,only grandbabies,my job there is to spoil so im all set for that,thanks for sharing

  4. What beautiful, happy photos, Winnie. I can tell how proud you are of your beautiful bride daughter. Are your younger daughters twins? They look so much alike.
    Congratulations on a lovely wedding. Now get some rest.
    🙂

  5. Glad you made it through the day. Everything looks perfect. The cake is eye catching.

  6. Okay, there is another Julie Steele out there. The first one is me. Don’t know who the second one is!

    Peace, Julie Hilton Steele

  7. Winnie, thank you for sharing your special day with us. What a beautiful family!

    Hugs

  8. Hi Winnie. What lovely photos. You have a beautiful family. Congratulations to your daughter.

  9. Hi Julie – I’m afraid I’m not a good one to give advice :). All I’ll say is try to not fret and obsess and enjoy the specialness of the day.

    Julie #2 – Thanks! I think so too! 🙂

  10. Lovely pics, Winnie! And you look so pretty (and knida relieved in that last one). Looks like all had a lovely time and I love the sassiness of the bridesmaids’ dresses. What a lovely fam! Congrats!

  11. Hi Winnie,
    I love the photo’s of your family. It looks like a happy and loving day for all! I too loved the cake, so different. Alas, I do not have any daughters, but I do have two handsome, wonderful sons.

  12. Vickie – Bless your heart! I don’t think I could handle two weddings in two weeks. And congrats on the grandbabies!

    Elizabeth – Yep, proud momma – that’s me 🙂 And yes, my other daughters are twins.

  13. Liz – Thanks!

    Margaret – Thanks, I’m sorta proud of the group myself 🙂

  14. Such a beautiful bride! I hope you were able to enjoy the day as much as I enjoyed the pictures. 🙂

  15. Congrats goes out to your daughter, such a beautiful bride. I love her dress and all the lovely pics. Thanks for sharing her day with us.

  16. CrystalGB – Thanks!

    LizT – It was a wonderful wedding – I think everyone had a great time. And the bride allowed her sisters to pick out their own bridesmaid’s dresses so it does reflect their personalities

  17. Sharon – I’m sure your two sons are as much a joy to you as my four kids are to me.

    KarenW – I may be a bit biased but I too think she made a beautiful bride!

  18. Winnie, you have a lovely family. The Bride looked beautiful…
    It is the one thing I regret not giving my mother the chance to be, before she died, was being the MOB….
    May your daughter and new Son In Law be very happy and have a long life together..

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  20. Quilt Lady and Kathleen – Thank you for your kind words and well wishes!

  21. What beautiful children, Winnie. Thank you for sharing these pictures.

  22. Lovely pictures. Weddings are so fun. I’d love any of your books. Thank you for sharing.

  23. Mary and Kathy – so glad you enjoyed the pictures. And thanks for indulging me by viewing them.

  24. Oh, Winnie, how beautiful. What a beautiful daughter, gorgeous mom and gorgeous wedding. That cake was also petty. Did it taste as good as it looks?

    Thanks so much for sharing this with us. 🙂

  25. Lovely photographs! Thank you for sharing a very precious moment in your life. Our son got married back in December of last year. I was dazzled and frazzled by the time it was over! Congratulations! I have only two left in my nest; one says she will elope and the other said he’s already married–to the xBox system…;D

  26. Karen – Thanks. And yes, the cake was dreamy-good!

    Beth – LOL I love the ‘dazzled and frazzled’ image – I may have to use that some day

  27. Congratulations! You have a lovely family, men included. The dresses are lovely. What a wonderful wedding cake. Nice to see some bright colors being used. It is a festive occasion so why have just white. It looks like you all were enjoying yourselves. Dazzled and frazzled is a good phrase, but you look like you held up very well, except for the heat of the day for photographs.

    Thank you for sharing with us.

  28. What a lovely post and lovely pictures. Thank you, Winnie, for sharing.

    The cake is so pretty! Did the Cake Boss make it? 😉 JK.

    I was the MOG in early April. I helped make the invitations and helped pay for the reception, but didn’t do anything else. Well, I did have to have a dress and I shopped for weeks (and I hate to shop) until I found the right one.

  29. Congrats! Thanks for sharing your pics with us! Everything looks beautiful! Amazing cake!

  30. Patricia – Thanks. And my daughter is an elementary school art teacher so she is all about having lots of color.

    Deb – LOL, no it wasn’t the cake boss. And congrats to you on being a recent MOG.

  31. Winnie, your daughter is just gorgeous. Love her dress. I know you’re so proud and happy. But you know, you’re just beginning. You have two other daughters and a son. You’d better get this wedding thing down pat because you have many more to go.

  32. Colleen – Thanks, glad you enjoyed the pics

    Linda – Thanks for the kind words about my daughter. And LOL, don’t want to think about there being three more to go right now.

  33. Congratulations on your daughter’s wedding! She looks beautiful and I’m sending out my well wishes. It must be a very proud moment for you. It really is the season of weddings and I really enjoy looking at the pictures.

  34. Winnie, I’m so glad you shared the lovely pictures of your daughter’s wedding. What a beautiful family you have. I’m so happy for you and your family. May the new bride and groom have a long and happy life together.

  35. Winnie,

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos. The bride is so beautiful in her dress. I am sure it will take you awhile to adjust to her being married. My daughter is 13 so I have awhile, I hope, before I have to deal with this.
    Your entire family is just beautiful. The key word being family. Nowadays family is all that you can count on.
    Now who made the cake? It is lovely
    Thanks again Winnie for sharing

    Walk in harmony,
    Melinda

  36. Na – Thanks, and yes, I’m a very proud MOB

    Evelyn – So glad you enjoyed the pictures and thanks for all the well wishes

    Melinda – Not sure who made the cake but I agree that it was very beautiful!

  37. Lovely, lovely pictures!

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    My advice to you as a MOB during the wedded bliss/honeymoon stage for your daughter and son-in-law is to season your support and advice with a pinch of reserve. Being an overzealous mother-in-law doesn’t score brownie points with your new son-in-law. And as they mature in their relationship, your tongue held might be hard to achieve, but try hard to will yourself to squelch it. This is especially true when the grandchildren start arriving and the new Mom and Dad’s parenting style might be a tad different from yours! Being a Mom and later Grandma whom they know is THERE whenevever you’re needed -and they WILL let you know when that time is right – makes you worth your weight in gold!!!

  39. Gorgeous family, Winnie!!! Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations again!!!

  40. Estella – Thanks!

    Shay – Great advice my friend

    Laura – Thanks so much and you’re welcome!

  41. Winnie,
    What a wonderful post today! Loved seeing you and your beautiful girls, handsome son, and husband. You have a lovely family. Congratulations to you all, and may your daughter and son-in-law have many happy years together. Loved the cake–that was awesome looking. I bet it was fantastic–it sure did look good. LOL
    Congratulations again!
    Cheryl P.

  42. Thanks for the lovely note Cheryl.

  43. Winnie and Ronnie I don’t know how I missed the wedding only that I was out of town for about a month. But she is very beautiful and a very pretty dress too. The twins also looked very pretty well I can’t let your handsome son out either. Congratulations is in order to the beautiful bride and husband. God Bless Also keep the good books coming I really enjoyed them all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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