Posted by: iluvclouds | September 7, 2008

Daughter #1 engaged and married

Even though this started in July I thought I’d just write one blog as it all happened so suddenly.  OK.  Alyssa’s boyfriend joined the Navy in May and graduated from basic training July 11th.  Alyssa flew out to Chicago (her first flight alone, or at least without parents) with Chris’ brother for the graduation and Chris proposed to her during the weekend.

He then went to South Carolina for his training and while we knew they wanted her to come out there at some point during his training we were hoping to talk her into waiting for a while.  But they are young and in love and can’t stand to be apart so they had planned for her to go out there as soon as Chris was able to have weekends off base.  But soon after he got to South Carolina they decided they would get married out there instead of waiting till December and getting married so that they could get base housing and she would have medical coverage.  We still wanted them to wait (it was all happening so fast), while we did approve so that she would be taken care of we also wanted them to make sure this is what they wanted and not just the loneliness he was having talking.  Well, when we were on the camping trip she make her flight plans for the 16th.  Not a wise plan, especially since her sister was having surgery on the the 15th.  I guess she didn’t realize how much help her sister would need and that we wouldn’t be able to take her to the airport.  I didn’t want to make her feel bad, but it make me upset at how she didn’t take into concern what was happening to the family at that time.  We had planned a bridal shower for her on the 12th, but unfortunately her sister had to work that night and couldn’t be there.  All this is coming at a time when the girls were finally started to have a good relationship with each other.  So I would have liked for Alyssa to spend some time with her sister before running off and getting married.  So anyhow here are some pictures from the bridal shower.

The lovely Bride-to-be in her veil.

Here they are drawing pictures of her wedding dress on their heads.  Really cute game.

And here at the start of the pass-the-bouquet game (kind of like hot potato).

She only had a couple fo gifts to open as we had asked for cash or gift cards because of her not being able to ship stuff out there.  Her sister (who will be her bridesmaid in December) got her a cute nighty and I got her some books on Navy life (she’ll definitely need them).

Here is a picture of Alyssa and Chris before he left for boot camp.

And here is a picture of them when they got married at the chapel out there on August 22nd.

While we were not able to be there because of finances and Tahnee’s surgery, they will be coming out here at the end of December to have a ceremony and reception with family and friends.  While not the way we would have liked it to happen we are happy for them and wish them all the love and happiness in the world and will support them in any way we can.

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