• Awww… that’s such a sweet story!
    And I totally love your wedding dress.
    I think it’s great that your wedding day turned out exactly the way you wanted it too.

    Karen’s last blog post..Deep? Well, I Like It Anyway…

    May 19, 2008
  • So perfect and so sweet, and I’m glad it was exactly what you hoped and then some.

    Maggie’s Mind’s last blog post..Weekly Winners Sunday 5/18/08

    May 19, 2008
  • Michelle

    Can I cry now? That is just beautiful.

    May 19, 2008
  • How beautiful!!!! :)

    I think it’s fabulous to be able to focus on the significance of the day rather than all they hype and rush that often goes into weddings.

    Lightening’s last blog post..Grumpy

    May 19, 2008
  • such a sweet post and I love the behindthescenes stuff.

    again youre so like I am…we did a semiplanned semispontaneous ceremony with our families in tow (I was opening my personal training studio that weekend so they were in town) at the police station (jp) and we all wore sweatshirts from my soontobe studio (and were sweaty from setting stuff up…)

    and 11 years later we’re still married (much to my MIL’S shock I think)

    MizFit’s last blog post..Monday Facetime

    May 19, 2008
  • That was beautiful Sweety.. Just beautiful..xxx Kim

    frogpondsrock’s last blog post..A tad pissed off..

    May 19, 2008
  • You look amazing and that is totally the type of wedding we want.

    Only we have decided that eventually, when it happens, we will get married on our very own property.

    I love your dress.

    And happiness? Is not needing a wedding that costs thousands and thousand of dollars.

    Veronica’s last blog post..Headfuck

    May 19, 2008
  • Aww, that is so sweet. You had the ceremony that was perfect for the two of you-understated and classy. 😉

    Suzanne’s last blog post..Suzanne’s Soundtrack Sunday

    May 19, 2008
  • Beautiful! I love outdoor weddings. We didn’t have any choice but to have a big wedding. My wife is the youngest of 13. I wanted to elope.

    Gordo’s last blog post..Out of the blue

    May 19, 2008
  • What a great story and photo! Does your husband still have long hair?

    Average Jane’s last blog post..Average Jane’s Triumphant Weekend

    May 19, 2008
  • Indygirl

    That is an awesome story.

    Indygirl’s last blog post..love Twitter

    May 19, 2008
  • Aww, that was sooo sweet! That to me is a fairytale wedding 😉 Bobby & I had a very simple, yet amzing to us, wedding. We went to the preacher from Bobby’s church house & had our wedding @ Bobby’s preacher’s house. It was Bobby, me, my BFF, the preacher, & the preacher’s wife. It was simple yet, elegant. I didn’t have an expensive wedding dress either & Bobby just wore a suit & tie. We went to a local flower shop to buy my bouquet & Bobby’s bouitinerre (sp?) & we had went a month or so before that & picked out a matching wedding ring set.

    I feel that weddings done have to be extraordinary for people to be “happy”. It’s what makes you happy as a couple that counts :)

    Connie’s last blog post..Weekly Winners~May 11-17 2008

    May 19, 2008
  • Lotus! OhMyWord! Madness wore a older green dress and was married at a rose garden in a public park with only our pastor and 2 witnesses and MY boquet was carnations purchased at the grocery store! YAY FOR US! ROCK ON CHICK!!

    Madness’s last blog post..Puppies and Babies make Madness a happy girl

    May 19, 2008
  • And in TRUE laid back wedding form.. we forgot our camera and dont have a single picture of our “ceremony” .. yes, Madness ROCKS!

    Madness’s last blog post..Puppies and Babies make Madness a happy girl

    May 19, 2008
  • You look gorgeous in that dress. How very HAWT you are! And yes, your hair is actually longer than his – not by much, but it is. That said, John is a very. lucky. man. And so are you. No, not a man. You be a WOMAN. You are, as John is – Lucky. But the real winner in all this is Braden. And us. Think of it. All that crap you went through led you to Jon, Braden and us. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m glad you’re here and part of all this, no matter HOW you got here.

    Lou Lohman’s last blog post..Where did the day go?

    May 19, 2008
  • What a sweet intimate moment to share with us. I am glad that your wedding day was how you wanted it. Looks like a lovely place.

    Mad squirrel’s last blog post..Weekly Winners

    May 19, 2008
  • Lovely! I can’t believe you’re dress was $8!!

    Amy @ Milk Breath & Margaritas’s last blog post..I’d Rather Have A Stranger See My Ass Like That

    May 19, 2008
  • Lotus, your wedding day was magical, simply wonderful. How cool is that picture with the two of you soooo happy and your pastor in a Hawaiian shirt!

    Karen MEG’s last blog post..A Wedding Story

    May 19, 2008
  • Great story – very different than my wedding (I *did* want the dress, the cake, the whole 9 yds) but I guess what makes a good wedding story to me is that both people like the same things and have a wedding that suits their tastes!

    Would love to hear some time if you went anywhere for your honeymoon. (Maybe that’ll be Rebecca’s next carnival!)

    Colleen’s last blog post..HAPPY BLOG-IVERSARY TO ME!

    Sarcastic Mom says:I agree absolutely with what you said (about both people being happy with the outcome). That is why I was SO pleased that John agreed with me. I really would have blown chunks if he had wanted a large wedding. I’m not the type that deals well with stress, particularly social event and large numbers of people-type-stress. Spew would have definitely occurred.

    May 19, 2008
  • What a beautiful story. You look so lovely :)

    I’m all for “low key” weddings! Ours was similar in fashion and I’m so glad we didn’t do the BIG church wedding…

    Now, a secluded place on Lake Travis? Tell me you didn’t get married at Hippie Hollow? You’re wearing WAY too much clothing if that’s the case :) hehehehee

    HappyCampers’s last blog post..Wednesday CoOp

    Sarcastic Mom says: AHAHAHA! A Hippie Hollow Wedding – now that would make for an interesting (and a bit scary) story! No, we actually chose Arkansas Bend Park not only b/c we thought it looked lovely, but b/c the stats I found for it said the traffic was very light. Not one other soul came through there while we were having the service. It was perfect! We regularly frequented Bob Wentz @ Windy Point and Pace Bend Park while we lived in Austin. And we LOVED to follow up a day of playing at the lake with a dinner at The Oasis. Sundrunk, water-tired, sitting on a deck overlooking the lake during sunset, with a full belly, a good friend next to you, and sipping a margarita. Perfection, I tell ya. 😉

    May 19, 2008
  • Such a beautiful story!! I can tell that your wedding was perfect for you…and that is ALL that matters!!

    Sarah’s last blog post..Did you know?

    May 19, 2008
  • Hello! I’ve been lurking for a few months now. Reading about your wedding was just lovely – both of my weddings were in the same vein. It took me a few minutes to realize that you were talking about Lake Travis in/around Austin. Must read back through your archives to see how you wound up in Nashvegas afterwards (I lived N’ville back in the late 90s).

    Katrina’s last blog post..Bare it all

    Sarcastic Mom says:Actually, I don’t think I’ve written much about it in detail. I’ve mentioned being in Austin, and moving to Nashville, but no detailed stories. I should talk more about that. More ground for me to cover in the future! (I really, REALLY miss Austin, btw. I was in love with Lake Travis. And Chuy’s.) 😉

    May 19, 2008
  • That’s a great story! You look so happy in your pictures!

    wright’s last blog post..Can’t Seem To Shake It

    May 19, 2008
  • Perfect! Just perfect!

    Beth_C’s last blog post..Miracle Monday

    May 19, 2008
  • sweet!

    the planet of janet’s last blog post..Fun Monday: the collectibles edition

    May 19, 2008
  • Now that’s a wedding even a guy would like!

    BusyDad’s last blog post..Do Parent Bloggers Exploit Their Children for Personal Gain? Yoouuu Betcha!!

    May 19, 2008
  • Taz


    kind of the wedding that we want too..

    oh if ya get a chance please please pop over to my blog and check out maddi new pic,,


    Taz’s last blog post..30 Weeks Old..

    May 19, 2008
  • MP

    That dress totally rocks..and wow you had the right curves to wear it!!

    What a beautiful wedding!!

    MP’s last blog post..HELLO “Is this thing on?”

    May 19, 2008
  • It would be enjoyable to read about how you got to Nashville sometime! :-) I came to Austin in 95, moved to Nashville and got married in 98 and was there until Spring 00 when we split. Now back in Austin in again, married again, toddler in tow.

    Sometimes I miss Nashville though – despite that being a sometimes turbulent and dramatic era of my life, it was beautiful country. And there are actual seasons. I miss seasons.

    Katrina’s last blog post..Two by Two

    May 19, 2008
  • I’m glad that you got the kind of wedding you wanted…the perfect day for you!

    Cassie’s last blog post..Seven confessions

    May 19, 2008
  • so very sweet :)
    your dress reminded me of my $8 prom dress!
    thrift shopping rules!
    I always enjoy getting a glimpse into your life.

    May 19, 2008
  • At long last I find another woman who doesn’t care about big frilly weddings and rings! I thought I was the only one. We didn’t even pick out a special place for the wedding; we called a preacher that morning and asked if he would marry us. And our two witnesses were my husband’s mom and his brother’s wife. That was 32 years ago.

    Donna W’s last blog post..Secret may be pregnant

    May 19, 2008
  • Aww, I love love. I also love your description of your wedding. It sounds beautiful!

    Your wedding sounds a bit like mine. I can’t believe I forgot about writing my wedding story.

    Off to go work on it!

    Paloma’s last blog post..Menu Plan Monday

    May 19, 2008
  • Your wedding sounds a lot like mine – only mine had a few more guests. We got married at a local park. I bought my dress on ebay for $16. I made my bouquet from Sam’s Club roses and some ribbon. And we told our friends and family to wear jeans and be comfortable. (Several wives called to verify this with me…they seemed to think their husbands heard wrong.) We had a picnic afterward. It was casual and fun – perfect for us. Several of the men have said they want a wedding just like ours.

    Michelle’s last blog post..Guat Picnic

    May 19, 2008
  • Oh and my dad was a judge in his small town – I loved it when people would just come knock on the door and ask if he would marry them. We had several weddings on our front porch.

    Michelle’s last blog post..Guat Picnic

    May 19, 2008
  • Awww what a nice, nice story!

    Jeanette’s last blog post..Weekly Winners

    May 19, 2008
  • I adore the way you had the same haircut on your wedding day…

    Xbox4NappyRash’s last blog post..A fornication fifty-fifty

    May 19, 2008
  • Great story! Love the dress and Lake Travis is the perfect spot.
    Thanks for sharing.

    rachel’s last blog post..The day the vagina nearly wrecked the car

    May 19, 2008
  • What a great story…

    When I used to photograph the big, huge, elaborate weddings that cost more than I make in a year, it always made me wonder what they were compensating for and how quickly the divorce lawyers would be involved. (Yes, wedding planners and photographers, caterers, etc. take bets on if the marriage will last beyond the honeymoon… :) )

    Honestly, the weddings I did with the least amount of pomp and ceremony were often the most stable relationships. As my very wise sister said on her very laid back wedding day… this isn’t the most important day of my life, tomorrow and every day after is.

    Donna’s last blog post..Six degrees of separation…

    May 19, 2008
  • You two are soulmates. I love it.

    RubiaLala’s last blog post..Working Like a Team

    May 19, 2008
  • What a great post! Thanks for the insight into your lives!

    Tiff@Three Peas in a Pod’s last blog post..Caribbean Chicken Salad

    May 19, 2008
  • cj

    I just knew you were a hippie, I just knew it! 😉

    May 19, 2008
  • What a wonderful story. I LOVE your wedding.

    From the 39 pictures I showed from our wedding (eek!) it looks like we had a freakishly large wedding. And, compared to your wedding, it was (about 80 people total).

    But we had exactly what we wanted: a meaningful ceremony, a fellowship hall reception, a walk in the park (and good photography). The dress, flowers, cake, etc., were just “extras.” You know? What mattered is that we were getting married, not that we were having a wedding.

    By the way, no one clapped at the end of our wedding. (I should have mentioned that in my story.) I considered that such a compliment. I’ve applauded at the end of many a wedding, so I don’t disapprove, really. But the fact that they didn’t made me feel like the congregation felt like they’d been at a worship service. And that’s what is was supposed to feel like. That’s what it was.

    As was yours. :)

    Thanks again for telling us your story.

    P.S. I’ve thought about a honeymoon story carnival. Tacky or fun?

    Rebecca’s last blog post..I’ve moved!

    May 19, 2008
  • What a great wedding story! I love it.

    Holly’s last blog post..More water park fun: A review

    May 19, 2008
  • You guys looked amazing and I LOVED your wedding story.
    We wanted a tiny wedding. My mother-in-law wanted a big monster wedding. Guess which one we had? Yeah.

    Beck’s last blog post..Mutton and lamb

    May 19, 2008
  • I’m hoping my girls will have an inexpensive wedding, too. I think huge weddings are ridiculous. There’s a whole show about cheap weddings, but I wouldn’t go that far

    Lisa Russell’s last blog post..Poll- Do you have a favorite kid? My darkest secret is that…

    May 19, 2008
  • What a simple and charming wedding story! I want a low key wedding too, someday!

    Dirty Laundry Diva’s last blog post..Being on the news does not always equal big bucks!

    May 19, 2008
  • Hollie Petty

    Beautiful story! My first one..lol…oh yes there have been two…and probably will be a third…. I wore his mothers wedding dress, made my own flowers, there were maybe 30 ppl there. We were so young and in what we thought was love. The second, our daughter was two months old and our parents finally harped enough that we went to the court house and just did it. Don’t even remember what I wore. I sincerly hope if I do it again it will be as wonderful a story to tell as yours, no matter how it happens! Thanks for sharing!

    May 19, 2008
  • I had those flowers too – the lilies. Bought from Sams the night before :) When my mom and the girl who were putting them together decided they needed greenery they pulled leaves from the hostas in my yard :)

    Dawn’s last blog post..My Reader Ate You

    May 19, 2008
  • […] considered it, and Colleen mentioned the possibility over at Sarcastic Mom’s […]

    May 19, 2008
  • Yay! Great story! Great dress! I was worried you weren’t going to show us a photo, but I should know better than that!

    May 19, 2008
  • what a beautiful story Lotus … ours was a simple wedding too without too much pomp and extravagance.
    I am smiling for you both. How perfect the location and your Pastor rocks.

    Trish’s last blog post..I do … did you

    May 20, 2008
  • Ok, break out the Kleenex. Sheer perfection!

    I thought I wanted all of that big stuff, and I had it… If we could rewind and have a do-over, I’d be in Vegas in a convertible getting married by Elvis and the Drive-Thru Chapel of Love!


    Catscratch’s last blog post..Reverse Cowgirl, HeftyBags & eBay

    May 20, 2008
  • justmylife

    That was a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it.

    justmylife’s last blog post..She loves me, She loves me NOT.

    May 20, 2008
  • Your dress was absolutely beautiful and I LOVE that bouquet.

    HeadGaggler’s last blog post..WW – Bokeh??

    May 21, 2008
  • That was beautiful! And so were you and your bouquet. I think the big wedding thing (I had one big and one not-big) puts too much pressure on everyone. This is *JUST MY OPINION* but most people spend an obscene amount of money on their wedding, and in the case of my wedding #1, I totally wanted to call it off, to give me time to think… but the amount of money already invested made me afraid our parents would be mad if I did that.

    So, I’m all about the casual wedding. Your story is terrific.

    Fern’s last blog post..is it wednesday?

    May 21, 2008
  • Your wedding looks lovely. You two looked great, small ceremony or not!

    shannymar’s last blog post..Reason # 567 why coffee and small children don’t mix.

    May 22, 2008
  • […] miss Pastor Jeff and his Hawaiian shirts. I miss how he looks kind of like Phil Jackson, but in a cuddly, teddy bear […]

    June 03, 2008
  • […] has been so long since I actually took the time to shop Goodwill.  I bought my wedding dress at a Goodwill in Austin, TX for $7.99.  You really can’t beat spending less on your wedding […]

    June 19, 2008

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