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Sunday, July 03, 2005

My niece Grace's wedding

My niece Grace โ€” the lovely, charming, talented, and brilliant youngest daughter of Dr. & Mrs. James R. Dyer of Southlake, Texas โ€” was married yesterday in Waco. Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Brown!

Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Brown

A very good time was had by all!

Grace is my brother Jim's youngest daughter. She'll be starting medical school this fall as Nathan finishes up his engineering degree, both at Texas A&M.

Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Brown

Below, the bride along with my four kids (left to right), Kevin, Sarah, Adam, and Molly, at the reception:

Mrs. Grace (nee Dyer) Brown with Beldar's kids

Grace again, flanked by my daughters Sarah (left) and Molly:

Sarah, Grace, and Molly

My four, below, in a rare dressed-up moment. Getting three out of four to smile real smiles is also extraordinary.

Beldar's kids

Would you perhaps have guessed that my brother is an orthodontist? Below (L to R) is Grace's older brother David and his wife Kate, and Grace's older sister Liana and her husband David:

Brother & Sister of the bride, with spouses

My sister, Gwen Dyer Johnson, with her son Jeffrey, his lovely wife Leslie, and their newborn son Jared:

Beldar's sister Gwen; her son & daughter-in-law, Jeffrey & Leslie; and their son Jared

The parents of the bride โ€” my older brother Jim and his incomparable wife Shelli:

Beldar's brother Jim         Beldar's sister-in-law Shelli

Adam, demonstrating that he has managed to keep his sleeve out of the liquid chocolate fountain at the reception:

Beldar's youngest son Adam

Below, Molly nibbles cheese while pondering whether Dad will ever be able to afford a wedding like this for her someday:

Beldar's youngest daughter Molly

The happy couple, no doubt planning for the future.  Nathan is repeating to himself the ritual words that are the secret to a happy marriage: "Yes, dear."

Mr. & Mrs. Nathan Brown

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Comments

(1) agbv made the following comment | Jul 3, 2005 5:11:00 PM | Permalink

very nice pictures; thanks for sharing them.

(2) Jim Rhoads (vnjagvet) made the following comment | Jul 3, 2005 8:05:17 PM | Permalink

Great Pix, Beldar. At least you have two sons. Having five daughters, I have no sympathy.

(3) ed made the following comment | Jul 4, 2005 12:45:51 AM | Permalink

Hmmm.

Thanks for sharing. I hope their future is a happy one with a minimum of those inevitable bumps.

And the "yes, dear" is an absolute. Another one, from my experience, is that new brides tend to discover anniversaries that are largely invisible to their spouses. It's a wise man who thinks ahead, at least for the first year, and who anticipates this behavior. The 1 month anniversary. 3 month anniversary. 6 month anniversary. Anniversary of when they met. Anniversary of when they had their first date. Anniversary of when he proposed.

Etc, etc, etc.

I'd suggest he be prepared now and anticipate this. If he doesn't and she does follow this behavior, then he's automatically in the doghouse, and he'll be forced to try and make it up. If he's ahead of the game and presents flowers and such on his own, he's solid and won't have any problems.

Just an observation.

(4) Sarah of WA made the following comment | Jul 5, 2005 12:35:34 AM | Permalink

Texas A&M. Cool. My sister and her family live in Bryan, TX.
(we both graduated from A&M Consolidated High School. She met her husband at Texas A&M University. I ended up in Washington state. For the nonce anyway. The state is beginning to frustrate...)

As for the anniversaries thing: as a fairly new bride myself, I'll say not ALL brides go overboard that way :) I was a lot more that way when we were dating than after we were married. Sure, I'd mention particular dates. But I didn't expect them to be celebrated at all elaborately!

Are you in Texas?

(5) Lita made the following comment | Jul 23, 2005 6:20:16 PM | Permalink

I was looking for a grace to be said at my niece's wedding and came upon your niece Grace's wedding. It was a happy fault. May they live happily ever after. Your family looks so wholesome!

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