With a new family united before God , family and friends, we were ushered out of the barn to give our congratulations to the bride and groom. With the receiving line formed on the ramp, Sarah and Josh found themselves standing in sunlight making it unbearable. We spotted some shade next to the barn and moved the receiving line to the shade. Laurel and I met many new people. Many of them Josh’s family and friends. As the well wishes faded away and grabbed a cool refreshment the wedding party boarded a farm wagon loaded with a cooler of beer and did their version of a limo ride. They went around the small town of Rusk and headed to Govin’s Lambing Barn Farm. A couple of years ago John and Julie put in a bouncy pillow at the farm as entertainment for guests visiting the lambing barn and their corn maze.
I haven’t seen any photos yet, but I heard they had a great time jumping on the pillow. On the way back they stopped along the road taking photographs of the wedding party in the corn fields and soybean fields. The photographer went with on the ride to document all the fun. I know it will take time to get the photos developed, but as soon as I can I would like to insert some into this post or start a new post.
The party returned to the Weddin’ Barn and the guests were waiting patiently for dinner to begin. The wedding party did a grand march in to the dinning area and a prayer was said. The wedding party headed for the food line with the family following. The ushers released the guests from their tables and it wasn’t long all the guests were eating a fine meal.
As the guests finished we headed back up to the hay mow for the big wedding dance. The lights were dimmed and the DJ’s music and lights filled the mow. Now I must say, this wedding is a family affair. The DJ is my son-in-law Paul. Paul married my daughter Beth two years ago and Paul has been in the DJ business for about 20 years. I think he has about 130,000 songs on his computer! If your having a dance or a party he probably has your song. But as music tastes change and new songs come out he is constantly adding new music to his library.
First called to the dance floor, the first dance as Husband and Wife then the Father-Daughter dance. The floor was opened and the guests danced the night away, while others sat with each other in conversation. It was a wonderful time getting to know friends and family of Sarah and Josh’s.
Now I’m sure you are noticing I haven’t included any photos. I didn’t have my camera at hand since they were pronounced husband and wife. I had set my camera up for a photo booth area in the mow. So I am hoping friends and family will share their photos with me so I can share them with all of you.
Back in January when Laurel’s niece got married, the photographer set up a make shift photo booth. I sat and took in all the positives and negatives of their design. They had just did a white drop cloth with a taped box on the floor and a wireless remote so people could snap their own photo. It seemed to overly crowded and yet the guests needed to be squeezed as in a photo booth. It worked and it was great to see people having fun in front of the camera. I made a comment and I was left in charge to do a photo booth for Sarah and Josh.
With the darkness of the night and in the barn I knew I would need lighting. I did some looking around on the web and was taken back by the price of lights. As time slipped by and we were a few weeks from the wedding, Becca suggested I take look at Amazon and I found a lighting set for fifty dollars. Its nothing fancy just a three light stand system with compact lights on a steady glow. When I ordered the lights I also had to order a extension cord for the remote switch. My camera doesn’t have an inferred eye so I have to us a cable. I took many test photos at home seeing how the system would work. I was pleased with the results and was looking forward to the photo booth in the barn.
I cleared the back corner of the mow and set up the lights, camera and a few props and a milk can with a seat mounted on top as a focal point for the photo booth. I took a couple of selfies and waited for the guests to swing by and have a fun with their photos. I noted one boy in particular who seen to be hanging close to the camera. He even asked me about getting photos or a CD of the photo. On Sunday when I looked at all the photos he was in about 75 of the 250 photos taken! His finger should be sore! It was great to see someone helping out and keeping up with the positioning of the camera.
We played the music until 11 pm and closed the party down. John and Julie with this new adventure want to be good neighbors to the town of Rusk. We did a small clean up that night and would return on Sunday afternoon for the final clean up. It was a grand wedding and reception. Many people commented on how much fun they had and it was the best wedding party.