24.9.12

Oklahoma Wedding Reception | Mr. + Mrs. Morris

"they never understand why their princess falls
for some camouflage britches 
and a southern boy drawl."
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Our wedding was all kinds of dreamy, joyful and dear to our beating Morris hearts.  The *only* thing that seemed a sad touch of strange was that, aside from family and his new Maryland friends, Caleb really didn't have his "own" guests at the wedding.  The sweet church ladies who talk about his piano skills every time they see him (while pinching his cheek, or placing their hand on his.)  The Laura Ingalls Wilder children.  The families who are in the photo albums and home videos.  The first employers.  The next-door neighbors.  Dozens of friendly faces and lives were absent at our wedding.  In some ways it felt like "my" wedding without all of those "Caleb-people" there.  

On Saturday we were the bride and groom, for the very last time.  And this time, it was all about Caleb.  His hostess-with-the-mostess, creative bumblebee of a mother threw a "Cinderella pumpkin patch/Flea Market/Western" event of a lifetime on the family farm, Caleb's childhood stomping grounds.  I wore his favorite gold hoops and wore my hair down (he doesn't like pins and clips and bands.  Kind of like how most guys don't like lipstick.  Only gets in the way ;).  I told him to wear whatever he wanted: a tie-less suit with sneakers it was!  

We spent 4:00 pm to nearly midnight eating Mrs. Morris' BBQ, talking in the sunset, dancing, hearing stories from "way back when," and savoring all the sweetness of farm life and country friends.  My parents flew in to be here with us - which was so special to me.  I loved watching everyone 'ooo' and 'awww' over my mom, and laugh and tease with my dad.  I was madly happy.  Caleb comes from a little taste of heaven, and I'm honored to now be a part of this world.  

Enjoy the incredible detail and love put into this day!
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Tulip bulb favors!
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My favorite piece of advice was from a 15-year-old girl: "Take Kristen shopping every day."  That's the secret to a happy marriage, right?!
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There were little babies to couples who had celebrated their 50th wedding.  Friends from literally right next store, to friends who drove 12 hours to be with us.  We love all you folks - but mostly the kids.  They're so dang funny!  But my favorite quote of the night was from a lady who remembered one of her first conversations with the Morris boys, about seven or eight years ago:  "Well, Caleb told me he wanted to marry a city girl.  And Daniel, Daniel insisted he wanted a country girl."  I love how different Caleb is from his family, and how he really did want everything that I am... even way back then ;)  In the meantime, Daniel is waiting for that "country girl."  Unless I somehow convince him that city girls make for better wives!
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Alright.  This man right here is Matt.  Matt is a good friend of the family, and he  was one of Caleb's first employers.  We love Matt (even though this was my first time meeting him) because he helped Caleb be the worker and skilled-tradesman he is today!  When Matt got married, Caleb and his brothers decided to pull a little prank on Matt.  As he was running to the getaway car, the boys dumped baked beans, honey and snow down Matt's pants.  Matt drove away and apparently had to try to clean up a little in 10 degree weather out by a barn.  Terrible.  Matt's wife walked right into the reception and said "Caleb Morris, there is a verse in the Bible that talks about 'an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.'  Consider yourself warned!" Photobucket
As the main part of the reception was winding down, Matt got his rightful revenge ;)  My only instructions were "Make sure his phone and wallet is not on him.  Please take his shoes off: they are brand new and he loves them with his whole heart.  And don't you dare ruin his $400 suit."  And with that, the fun began:
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(Shoes coming off.  Thank you, guys!)
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So happy... even when being attacked.
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At this point, he still did not know what was going to happen to him...
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... but then he say the water and started SCREAMING "NOOOO! NOOOOO!"  It was kind of heart-breaking!  But then I thought about honey-snow-freezing-beans pants on a wedding night, and I didn't feel too bad for Caleb ;)  The ice bath was frozen and ready:
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When he got out he said he was so cold he couldn't even breathe.  His body went into a quick shock.  It's a good thing he's so healthy and that they DIDN'T CAUSE A HEART ATTACK! Heart Attack > Beans Pants.
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We had a good laugh, made a chilly memory and learned a lesson... right, Honey Bunches of Oats? Riiiight?
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Two of Caleb's siblings built this play house years ago.  It's one of my favorite things I've ever seen. Photobucket
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"The House That Built Me" is a song that can bring both Caleb and I to tears.  Partly because we have half a home built in Oklahoma, that we dream of living in with children someday.  Also in part because Caleb's home really is the house that built us.  I met him here (almost two years ago exactly!).  I discovered he liked me here.  I fell in love with him here.  He lights up when he tells stories about these 27 acres, and always-being-built home.  Now we've celebrated our marriage here.  


Up those stairs in that little back bedroom
Is where I did my homework and I learned to play guitarAnd I bet you didn't know under that live oakMy favorite dog is buried in the yard

Plans were drawn, and concrete poured
Nail by nail, and board by board
Daddy gave life to mama's dreams

Out here it's like I'm someone else
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To all the men, women, children, neighbors, and friends who built Caleb, thank you.  To Oklahoma, red dirt, big pastures, energetic small towns, and lots of barbeque, thank you.  To our future life, children, dreams and passions, thank you.  You've all built us, and we wouldn't be the same if it weren't for you.  God knew what he was doing when He made us a part of a small town outside of Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Happy "You" Reception, Cowboy.  I love every part of your life.  And I can't wait to spend our days loving it even more. Muah!

27 comments:

  1. So happy for you and Caleb!! Love the all the beautiful decorations and the pictures of you two are stunning. You are simply gorgeous.
    Poor Caleb. The water must have been so torturous(I don't know if I spelled that right)! :/ I'm glad he was able to handle it too!

    Blessings and much happiness on this new road of marriage!

    Sincerely, Madi

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  2. Love this so, so much. You have one amazing mother-in-law! And I love all of these pictures, but the ones of the kiddos? The best. Congratulations once again to the both of you!!

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  3. Yes. This is so wonderful. So glad you had a reception there!

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  4. I love this so much!! What a wonderful and happy celebration in the country :D. Man, I can't wait to meet y'all someday!

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  5. love you guys.

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  6. country perfection. :D

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  7. I love the decorations! They are just so perfect "country."

    Stephanie

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  8. this is so incredibly beautiful! so much perfection for the happiest time in your life :)

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  9. This was utter perfection. Loved it.

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  10. AYKM??!! You got TWO perfect weddings?!! TWO!!! everything was so beautiful and charming!!! and I adore pumpkins!! The little cowboy boots as the centerpiece?! come on! you're killing me ;)

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  11. BLAAAAHHH. So sweet it's sickening. Love you both :).

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  12. Well shoot, I love this. And I love you guys! Seriously, so much happiness for you two. Love love love this. :)

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  13. I'm so very happy to be reading your wedding blog, CONGRATULATIONS!! You are a beautiful couple and even though I only met you so very briefly you are a beautiful woman inside and out Kristen. I wish you as much happiness as both your hearts can contain and more for your future children.
    With love.
    Cathie.

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  14. love, love, love. & I had to giggle at the ice water dunking! ;)

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  15. That's fun that Caleb got his own special requests for "his" reception. And I'm glad he survived his ice bath ;) As for the playhouse his siblings made: Oh my gosh! Love it!

    Looks like everyone had a great time :)

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  16. That reception is HARD CORE. I don't know how Mrs. Morris does it.

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  17. Wow. Wow wow. Kristen u are a rich woman. And i absolutely adore the reception.

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  18. Chryssie24.9.12

    this is simply beautiful and heart-warming! thank you for sharing!!

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  19. LOVED! Who took the pictures of you two together?

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  20. Love, love, love <3 Heart attack > bean pants made me LOL! :)

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  21. Heidi24.9.12

    The ice water dunking sooooo made me laugh!! I had heard about what had been done at Matt's wedding, but didn't realize Caleb had been involved! LOL!!!!

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  22. this is fabulous! Mrs. Morris IS the hostess with the mostess. :)

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  23. Absolutely perfect!

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  24. These are great, awesome pictures!

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  25. My heart was so warmed by this: the family, the country life, the give and take of a new man-and-wife. :)
    I just have to say, the photos from your wedding day are truly lovely but, I am overwhelmed by how lovely the photos of you two are in this post. Breathtaking reality.

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  26. Hi Kristen! I stumbled upon your blog from Lydia (who photographed my wedding almost 3 years ago) and I just love it! I read your and your husband's story about how you guys met and ended up together and it just melts my heart. Such a beautiful story. Where in Oklahoma did you all meet? My husband and I moved here (from MD) shortly after we got married (graduate school for him at OU) and we've really enjoyed it here. If you find yourself in Norman anytime soon, we could offer a few suggestions on places you could check out. Love your photography too - you're incredibly talented!

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