The Wedding and the Winner

The winner of my pumpkin giveaway will be announced at the bottom of this post, but first I wanted to share some pictures of my nephew's wedding, which was this past Saturday. The setting was a wonderful farm with a gorgeous view of the Smoky Mountains in the background, and even though it was a chilly fall-like day, an outdoor wedding in a place like this couldn't have been more perfect.

This is the building where the reception was held.... isn't it beautiful?

Down the hill from the reception hall is where the ceremony would take place....

Here come the guys.....

The parents, grandparents, and bridesmaids were brought down the hill by carriage.

My brother walking my sister-in-law to her seat...

My cousin's precious little boy, Aiden, waiting for the girls to arrive from their carriage.

This is Georgia, the adorable little flower girl.

The bride and her Dad also arrived in a beautiful carriage......

As soon as Shelby and her Dad started their walk down the aisle, the sun came out from behind the clouds.


 The vows....

 Mr. and Mrs. Nick Young!

And for a moment, I couldn't help a couple of tears that fell....
One for all the years that have flown by so quickly since Nick was a little boy, and one for my Mother who didn't get to see her beloved grandson get married....

Then it was back up the hill for the reception.....

The inside of the reception hall was so cozy inside with it's beautiful barn lights on the walls.

 My two precious aunts- my mom's sisters- having a good time.

Late into the night everyone ate lots of delicious barbecue and laughed and danced and had such a wonderful time...
Beautiful festive candles burned everywhere and a fire outside for the children to make s'mores made the evening complete.

Congratulations, Nick and Shelby- may God bless you with many wonderful years together!


And now- for the winner of my fabric pumpkin......

I assigned every comment a number in the order they were left on the last post, then used a random number generator from to pick for me:

My Random Number is

Comment #24 belongs to... Dawn! (Blogger user name dsblanchard.)
Congratulations, Dawn- email me your address and the pumpkin will be on it's way to you!

Happy Tuesday, everyone... thanks for letting me share my nephew's special day with you!


  1. Paula - those pictures are georgeous!

    I'm not sure if I shared this with you or not, but Nick carried a pocketwatch of my dad's, and it had a picture of him and Nick and your mom and Nick inside it. They were with him for his wedding day....

    Sister-in-law (Rhonda)

  2. What a wedding and what pictures. I really like what you have done with this post, and this wedding looks like it was a class act as well. Congratulations to the bride and groom. Richard from Amish Stories.

  3. A perfect country wedding!
    They look like they are very happy too. Congratulations to all.
    I love the comment that your S.I.L left.... that's pretty special.
    Congrats to the pumpkin winner also.
    Hope this is a great week for you :)

  4. Truly one of the most gorgeous weddings I've seen! I just read Rhonda's comment above - how very precious.

    Congrats to Dawn on winning your cute pumpkin!

    Have a great day, Paula!

  5. That was a beautiful wedding. The horse drawn carriages were soooo romantic!! Sending along best wishes for your nephew and his new bride that they may have many wonderful years together...

  6. What a beautiful setting and a lovely couple!!! Congrats to your pumpkin winner and I truly believe your mom had the best seat in the house to view the wedding:)

  7. What a unique wedding. LOVE the horse-drawn carriages---the touches of denim, too. Very country, but CLASSY country. Wonderful pictures. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. What a lovely wedding...great pictures and a beautiful setting.

    I love the boots and jackets...casual country!

  9. a beautiful wedding. got chills when you mentioned the sun coming out as the bride started down the aisle...

  10. Oh Paula, your pictures are stunning! Such a beautiful wedding.

    Congrats to Dawn!

  11. Well, thanks for the tears again cuz. I shed a few tears myself thinking of Aunt Shirley and how I wished she could have seen Nick get married. But when the sun came out as Shelby began walking down the isle my thoughts were "there's Aunt Shirley shining down her blessings." And I agree with Carmen... "I truly believe your mom had the best seat in the house." I love that thought. On Friday night I sat beside your dad because you know he is one of my most favorite people in the world and as they started the slide show and he saw pictures of Shirley he turned to me and said "nobody knows how much I miss that woman." Of course I began to cry like a baby and thought, please don't do this to me. Slide after slide he just shook his head as he reflected back over the years. It was nice to share that moment with him. The wedding was beautiful and made me wish I had done my wedding the way I wanted to. When Greg and I renew our vows in a couple of years, everyone is flying to the beach. "YES"!!!!

  12. Beautiful wedding and always take such wonderful pictures...makes me feel I was there....thanks, Paula

  13. Your pumpkins are just precious! What a beautiful wedding......such a pretty sky and all of that green grass! Glad it was such a happy time! blessings,Kathleen

  14. wow, what a beautiful setting for a wedding. Thanks for sharing. Looks like it was a perfect day. Congrats to the newleyweds.

  15. What a fun wedding, love that team of horses! Congrats to your winner! ;D

  16. What a beautiful wedding. Congratulations pumpkin winner
    Benny & Lily

  17. Congrats! to the newlyweds, may the Mr. and Mrs. have a long and happy life together! The pictures you shared are beautiful, and the setting is breathtaking. I think your mom was that ray of sunshine that blessed the ceremony, she blew away the clouds for a moment to make her presence known.

    Congrats to Dawn on her win and thank you for a great giveaway!

    Blessings N Hugs,

  18. Such a beautiful wedding! Looks simply beautiful! I love it!

  19. Wow , this even made me cry, such a beautiful wedding. We have a place like that near where I live that's called Millrace Farms and the ladies that own it do the weddings. They are three sisters. Your nephew and his bride were beautiful as well as the rest of the wedding. That sky was perfect.
    I sent you an email earlier today. I appreciate any help you can give me and thank you from the bottom of my heart.. Hugs Susie

  20. Beautiful Couple!! LOVE the carriage!!!
    Congratulations to Dawn!!!

  21. Wonderful wedding , I love the carriage with the Horse to match :o) that was a nice touch...and noticed the comfort of the grooms necks :o) looked like a very nice festive occasion...Blessings to the couple.

  22. Oh so pretty!! The little children were so sweet, and the setting was wonderful.


  24. So, the sun spotlighted the bride-to-be. That has to be an omen.
    Which one of your Aunts got the first dance with the best man? ;)

  25. Paula...that has to be one of the most gorgeous weddings I've even seen! I love the setting, the carriage, the flower girl in a jean jacket...EVERYTHING! Wishing them many years of wedded bliss!

  26. What a beautuful place for a wedding! I love the mountains in the fall. Congrats to the pumpkin winner!
    Patty H.

  27. Breathtaking views and what a place for a rustic wedding. I love those types of weddings, so down to earth and comfortable.

    I hope the couple has many happy years together.

  28. Paula-This is beautiful....made me want to shed some tears too!

    (P.S. Your pumpkin is gorgeous!!!)

    Love, Debra

  29. I'm back Paula thanks to you. You saved my hair from being pulled out.. Thanks again dear friend, Susie

  30. Picture perfect and heart-warming! Paula, this is a wonderful wedding and your sentiments added so much. I love this post. Congratulations to the new couple.

  31. The pictures are so good that I feel like I was there. Sounds like a wonderful day!

  32. Beautiful wedding. You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place! I will be there on vacation first week of December and I can't wait!

  33. Paul, what a wonderful wedding they had! The pictures were great.

  34. Wow... that is beautiful! The wedding seems so personal. I got tears in my eyes when I read your sister-in-laws comment!

  35. Paula,
    What beautiful photos. This was a perfect setting for a wedding. The bride was so lovely. Congratulations to the bride and groom. I wish them many happy years together.

  36. I love outdoor weddings and this one was so sweet, and beautiful. Congratulations to the newly weds.
    I am sorry I missed your giveaway, just so busy here at the farm, haven't had much time for blogging, though I think we are about caught up. did i just say caught up, no never, maybe slowed down would be a better phrase. lol
    Congratulations to Dawn.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  37. What beautiful pictures of the wedding! i especially love the little flower girl in her denim jacket and then the groom carrying the bride. Very nice!

  38. Thanks for sharing a special family time with us - wonderful wedding and beautiful place to have it!

  39. What a beautiful wedding!! The horse drawn pretty!

  40. That's just the most lovely wedding ever! I love weddings like that - a whole lotta fun without a whole lotta fru fru :D

  41. What a beautiful wedding. Those photos were just so beautiful.
    Bless wishes to Nick and his new bride.May God bless them with many years of happiness.
    Have a wonderful day.

  42. what a beautiful wedding celebration... so beautifully archived! I cried when I saw the last photo of her being swept off in her beloved's arms! Great moment!

  43. Absolutely stunning wedding! I could feel the love of this family and of the new couple coming through in this post.

  44. Beautiful wedding and so glad I am catching up on the blogs today! I love your posts and it just makes my day!

  45. These photos somehow bring the life back into my dreams back when I was little. Because I practically grew up in a place that doesn't have any of these wide open green landscapes and quiet roads, I just can't help but crave for that one day my playmates and I would be allowed to play in one of these.

    layana resort & spa


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