The ceremony itself was reverent, simple, engaging (don't you hate it when weddings are boring?), and spirit-filled. Jonathan and Lewie Clark, a family friend and Levi's uncle co-officiated the service.
This was EARLY that morning, so early that I don't know what time it was. Natalie looked gorgeous, and was a very calm, low-maintenance bride (she was also a calm, low-maintenance baby...) Where do we order those?
The morning was sunny and bright, just like our little Nautilus. She and Levi both seemed cool as cucumbers the whole time. Marriage was certainly just a natural progression in their decade-long relationship. But all of us were glad to watch it all become "official!"
Spencer was not the happy care-free toddler that he can be, but it was early and hot, and we'd left him multiple times during the week leading up to the wedding. And, he's a toddler. So, as people ooo-ed and aww-ed at his beautiful hair and adorable suite, he screamed in their face and turned the other way. Better yet, he would dramatically shrink back from their touch and burst into tears. It. Was. Awesome.
The reception was also beautiful, and much cooler than the outdoor July wedding (hot even at 10 am). Spencer was allowed to "mingle" for a short time before we shipped him off with his grandparents to go home and take a nap. He fell asleep in the car, woke up in the transition, and refused to nap the rest of the day. Good times.
Thankfully, back at the ranch, everyone at the reception was having a blast. And before we knew it, it was all over. I hate it when celebrations like this are over. I just want them to go on and on. True, I was exhausted and aching (due to heels and other garments I don't usually wear), but the atmosphere and the people abated (most of) that.
Then, Levi and Nat were off! Poor Natalie accidentally left most of her luggage in Little Rock and didn't realize until they'd driven all the way to Florida. You win some, you lose some. At least that was a fairly benign one to "lose." She definitely won on July 31st. Congratulations, Nat and Levi, we love you two.