Friday, December 30, 2011

#33: Temple wedding of Rose and Ryan.

My sweet baby sister-in-law Roseann got married in the Idaho Falls Temple today! Rose and Ryan met a couple of years ago in their Single's Ward (just like me and Diane!). In my humble opinion, Rose is one of the most wonderful people you will ever meet (and Ryan isn't too bad either ;)). I am so happy for them and wish them the best in their new marriage.
One of Rose and Ryan's engagement photos.
Rose was the last of Diane's siblings to get married (7 for 7!), and it was a wonderful wedding. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with an LDS temple wedding, in the temple a husband and wife are sealed together for eternity.  You can think of being sealed as the same as links in a chain being welded together.  This chain will stay connected even after death. During the sealing ceremony, the couple kneels across an alter and promises to be faithful to one another (and then they have a newlywed smooch, of course!). If we live up to the promises we make in the marriage sealing, we will have the chance to live together as a family after we die.  I think it is one of the most beautiful parts of the gospel.
A temple Sealing room.
Only people who have been baptized as members of the Church are able to obtain a temple recommend and enter the temple to view a marriage sealing ceremony. This requirement can be hard news for family members and friends who are not Mormons because they are unable to see the marriage ceremony of their loved ones. We never want these family members and friends to feel like they are excluded or not loved just because they cannot enter the temple. Rather, we want them to understand that entering into the temple is sacred to us and is a result of the promises we make as members of the Church. We would never try to make our family and friends feel bad, especially when they have taken the time and expense to come to our weddings to celebrate with us. As a result, despite not being able to enter the temple, there are many wonderful parts of the wedding day that take place AFTER the ceremony which everyone can attend and participate in. Here are some of the highlights from Rose and Ryan's wedding day (Oh, and please accept my apology in advance for the quality of the pictures--that's what you get when you have an amateur photographer using his iPhone to record the events of a wedding day!):
First newlywed kiss after coming out of the temple!
"That's what I'm talking about!" - Kipp Dynamite
Super baby!
"Sisters, sisters. There were never such devoted sisters!" - Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye
The kids watched "Attack of the Clones" (also an appropriate title for all the movie sequels that came out this year) while we finished taking wedding pictures.
This is the ONLY time you will ever see my brother-in-law Jed caught dancing on camera.
Feeding each other some wedding cake (without a single cake-face-smash).
Rose dancing with her dad (and one of my best friends).
Grabbing the garter. Ryan, you sly dog.
Baby cousins rockin' out to some swing music.
"All the single ladies!" (Kayne West's favorite music video of all time).
Last but not least, here is a tribute video to Rose and Ryan from Rose and Diane's brother Ben.

Congratulations on your wonderful wedding, Rose! I sure do love ya. And may the force be with you....always.

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