We enjoyed seeing family and friends, and were happy to reunite with many whom we have not seen for years. (Unfortunately, we don't have photos of most of them.) It was wonderful to reconnect with Page cousins from my Father's side of the family, as well as relatives from the Parkinson family (my mother's siblings). We were surprised by a brief visit from our Flower Mound (Texas) neighbors and good friends, the Wellmans, whom we haven't seen in 17 years! The Knudsen's son, (friends from Oklahoma), stopped by with his family. Last time we were together in Bartlesville was 2002. And we enjoyed reconnecting with several of Michael's friends (and our seminary "kids") from The Woodlands, including Jordan, Aaron, Chad, Kailey, and Amanda. It was fantastic to have the Ninows with us on Saturday. Bob's cousin Ricky represented Grandma Goodman's side of the family. Bob and I also had lots of support from our siblings and their families, and we appreciate weddings for the tremendous reunions they provide for all involved!
Shortly thereafter, the delicious chocolate wedding cake was sliced, the mini-bouquet and garter were tossed to hopeful bachelorettes and bachelors, and the festivities drew to a close.
The following morning, Bob and I hosted a wedding brunch at "The Gathering Place", at Gardner Village in West Jordan. Bob conducted the event, during which we enjoyed a hearty breakfast and watched a touching video which I prepared of Kristin and Michael's lives.
Kristin's brother, Ben, and Michael's sister, Stephanie, "roasted" their siblings (which I must say was hilarious). Stephanie invited some of Michael's friends forward to demonstrate Michael's crazy "shimmy" dance moves. Kristin's parents and I shared words of wisdom (wink), before the bride and groom "toasted" each other. It was a beautiful day and a lovely gathering with our loved ones.
The sealing (wedding ceremony) was the crowning event, and it took place in the beautiful Oquirrh Mountain Temple. It was an intimate spiritual experience, and I know that both sets of Michael's deceased grandparents were there with us. The sealer advised them to "Be of Good Cheer" in all the challenges and joys of family life - advice they would have received from both Grandpa Goodman and Grandma Hill. Photos were taken with family and friends on the gorgeous temple grounds. The colorful tulips and spring flowers provided the perfect backdrop to this joyful day.
Kristin's Mom and Stepdad's family, her extended family, and her Dad and Stepmom's family.
Michael's immediate family and extended Hill family.
Our friends, The Ninows, and Michael's siblings.
The happily married couple.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Goodman!
(And best wishes to Kristin's brother, Ben and his fiancee, Lizzy,
who met at Michael and Kristin's wedding, and are now planning their own
in the Oquirrh Mountain Temple this December!)