Her first wedding | project 365

Well, today was a pretty special day….

Payton got married.

Not sure how it happened.  One minute they were upstairs playing with dolls, and the next thing I know Harper is asking me to carry chairs outside to set up for the wedding.

I didn’t want to carry out chairs. I didn’t want to help them make a mess that I would have to also clean up.

I wanted them to clean up the other messes they had already left throughout the house.

But no way. There was a wedding that was going to happen. And Harper was adamant that I would need to help.

So I carried out a few chairs.

Then I was asked to help carry out the “audience”.

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Then I watched Harper make name tags for the empty chairs.


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Then, I waited for the bride.


She came down in a huff. Absolutely furious, because she just caught wind that her “prince” was going to be a doll. The only boy doll we have. So he’s a baby boy doll.

“He’s too tiny!” she screamed at no one in particular.  “And he’s not dressed up at ALL!”

I tried to be helpful. I offered a Ken Barbie doll who actually IS dressed for a wedding. He’d be perfectly dressed, but actually quite a bit smaller.

No go. Still furious.

The girls have a discussion among themselves. Who could be the prince? Who is big enough?


But daddy is not here.

Lots of thinking, thinking, thinking…..

Then I say to Payton, “Is that what you’re wearing for your wedding?” It’s a pink dress. It’s pretty. It’s exactly like Harper’s purple dress that she has on. So she just doesn’t stick out as the bride.

Well, I sure know how to clear a room.

Both girls take off running for the playroom.

I’m left at the altar.


During this time, Tom comes home from the gym.

I warn him he may need to be the prince. He’s ok with it. He asks me if he has to change. I just laugh.

The girls come back down, and the wedding is on.

The bride:

the bride


The flower girl/bridesmaid/officiant/announcer/corrector of everything that goes wrong during the ceremony:

the flower girl

The prince. Totally unprepared for this. Absolutely underdressed.  But a good guy to play along:

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I”m the official photographer, of course. So you won’t see me. Thank God.

Let the ceremony begin! This is the cutest damn thing I’ve ever seen, by the way.

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Flower girl is in hysterics. Not sure why. But  my guess is that probably was not appreciated by the bride. Anticipate chasing, hair pulling, and scratching to ensue later.

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Look how giddy they both are to meet at the altar! I’m dying behind the camera! I feel like a REAL wedding photographer!


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The vows.


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The much anticipated ring exchange.

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And finally, Harper announces: “The prince and the girl can kiss!”

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What a happy couple!!! What a fantastic wedding!! May you live happily under the same roof together for the next 13-14 years. But hopefully after that, “the girl” moves out.


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Gotta say…one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Payton’s first wedding.

And even Tom was touched. He said afterwards he should have put on his sportcoat.

Maybe next time…..

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  • Kimberly Haakinson KelleyPayton’s wedding. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Megan Haakinson BrooksAdorable!ReplyCancel

  • MeganSo sad we had to miss her first wedding! ???? Hopefully we make it for the next one. Hahaha! Absolutely love it.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer MacDougallLOVE THIS! Or, as Paloma says, “one day, can WE do that?”ReplyCancel

  • Melissa BThis is the most adorable thing I have ever seen. Had to show it to Mark too. Such a special memory—can’t wait for the rehearsal dinner for these photos to resurface. LOVE that 365 is BACK!!ReplyCancel

  • AnnieKim! This is adorable. How special that she married her dad. Precious memory.ReplyCancel

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