- Kendra is my daughter's childhood friend. In fact, her parents graduated college with my husband and me. Kendra's dad used to bring me home from college in Ohio because he lived closeby in Pennsylvania. Kendra was the fattest cutest redhead in the church nursery (also the fussiest-LOL). She was in my daughter's wedding a year ago I had blogged about my daughter's wedding being in Indiana - and as exciting as that was being in a different state, when Kendra arrived at the wedding (she was a bridesmaid), she brought a bit of hometown Collegeville with her and it was refreshing and felt right. When she got engaged about 6 months later, I casually approached her and her mom and said if they needed any help, I'd be willing to help out. I was now an empty nester and didn't quite know what to do with myself. Kendra stated that she wanted her wedding to be just like my daughter's wedding - which made it super easy - plus I had a lot of the stuff still from the wedding.
Kendra's dad is an associate pastor at our large church - so the entire church was invited; we were expecting between 300-400 people to attend which ruled out a lot of venues. Kendra was adamant that she didn't want it to feel like a graduation picnic, and she did not want it in our church gym - so began the long process of looking. Just when we thought we found a place and pavilion that was super pretty, we were told that we could not put up an additional tent - so we began looking again. Kendra's parents found the most beautiful place at a campground - Camp Sankanac - surrounded by large pine trees.
Kendra and her mom and dad were so easy to work with - I did say her dad - as her dad was involved in the planning of the wedding too. He secured the campground, the caterer, the electricity and some of the décor for her wedding. We met monthly, then every two weeks, and finally every week to make sure everything was ready for this large event. I will have to say, I was looking forward to my daughter, Tessa, coming in to help as she was in the wedding. Tessa loves to decorate - and wants to be a wedding planner and is especially good with a drill and hammer - so I knew she would be a great help.
We decorated the church Wednesday night with stumps and lights, burlap and lavender; Thursday it was tent set-up and lighting and chandeliers, and Friday was the actual décor. One of the things that I enjoyed the most was when the flowers came in. I had to talk Kendra into using real flowers - I got to admit - there are some really good silk ones out there - but there's something about real. We ordered all the décor flowers from Sam's Club and my other daughter, Jenna (who loves all things green), and I put most of the flower arrangements together - this is something I found super relaxing and fun. We had so many flowers, we did not know what to do with them. Sam's a few months ago carried lavender, but when we went to order, they no longer carried it, but they had the prettiest lavender colored baby's breath -so we ordered that instead.
Saturday morning Jenna and I checked on the reception area and put the flowers on all the tables - then back to the church to light the candles. I ran into the changing area to catch a glimpse of the bride - she was so calm and happy - and just sooo beautiful. The wedding included an emotional charge from the bride's dad with lots of tears from everyone, a sweet surprise song from the groom and then a joyous time celebrating at the gorgeous reception with a really cute Coke bar (the bride's idea) and some lawn games and great food. Couldn't have been a better day!