Bryan and Karissa Lemon | Bowling Green, Kentucky Wedding
Ahhhh, Bryan and Karissa. The sweet blog post I get to write, yet have no words for. So I think I'll use our friend, Ian's. At rehearsal dinner Ian told a story about how Bryan would often pay for little things from time to time - a coke here, a lunch there, even a month's rent - and at Ian's thanks, Bryan would of course say no problem and at Ian's promise of hoping to pay him back, Bryan would reply with 'it'll all come out in the wash.' Bryan is an accommodating, joyfully hospitable Italian family bottled up into one person. I'd argue that what God did when he brought Karissa to him, when He gifted us all with the beauty of their wedding day and the joy of being amongst their family and our friends - it was a small bit of repayment for his putting much into 'the wash'. Such an immense joy for us to experience a day of joy, as Bryan says often - where the veil between heaven and Earth is so, so very thin.
Bryan has been a dear, dear friend to Luke and I. He and I have shared many meals at your weddings while he second shot for me and we counseled one another. He's the guy I call when we need a friend. And what a joy, to now call Karissa, friend. She's the perfect, fierce and joyful compliment to Bryan. She has so easily fit into our friendships, been a friend all of her own and is such a compliment to Bryan. I know I already said that - but REALLY! She's a babe.
We're thankful for your friendship, to get to know your familes and to join you in witnessing Christ's love for his church as we all grow into old people.
Thanks to Charlotte and Ryan for hosting brunch and getting ready. Such a beautiful, meaningful place to get the party started.Now Bryan. He gave the gift of all gifts. Just a bit of explanation for you. Inside that sweet box Karissa is opening, is a camera with film and a bundle of notes. A quick set of directions instructed her on how to use the camera and the notes marked milestones in their life. The wedding day note instructed her to keep this camera near and document their lives with it. To open the various notes at their instructed times (1st anniversary, 5th, First Home, Trip to South America, First Child Goes to School, If you Die before I do (that's right..)) and make photos to remember. We were essentially all a giant puddle of tears with Karissa as she opened the sweet treasure. Sweet ties made by a friend. Time for Bryan to open his gift: a beautiful watch and a bundle of letters Karissa had been writing him since they began dating. So sweet. Oh! And a box she made with her own little hands and the help of a few friends. First looks are my favorite. And this one happened to be at the location they had headed to for dates, to be engaged and to shoot engagement photos. Ah. Too many picture treasures. Bryan is also a photographer, and this camera is one he uses often. One of my most favorite photos of my boys was shot on that beauty. You know I melt for sentimental. And cameras, like the polaroid he inherited that you'll see in a bit, well....my fave. Luke made a few frames on the heirloom polaroid and they used one as their cake topper. Last summer Bryan shot a polaroid series that happened to coincide with dating Karissa. A little nod to that.
Now. What you're looking at are two party animals: Mike and Grandma Dombeck. Equally wild, in their own spheres. This is truth.
Thanks, y'all. We love ya!