Rachel's Wedding

Monday, August 11 - Now I have two sons-in-law and added a granddaughter. Wedding recap and pictures...

Many of you will remember my youngest daughter Jessica was married last July in Port Angeles, Washington where her husband (also named) Chris is stationed aboard a Coast Guard cutter.  This past Saturday, my oldest daughter Rachel was married to Daniel King of Franklin at Hillvue Heights Church.  Here I am at 45 with both kids grown and married.  As I walked Rachel down the aisle I had to ask myself 'is this really happening?'  I don't know why but weddings and funerals all seem surreal to me...like I'm watching a movie but I'm in it.

I've grown to appreciate Rachel's husband Daniel and his family over the past two years...especially McKenzie, Daniel's six-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.  I've got to get used to saying 'I'm a grandpa now'.  Wow...that's weird!  But I'm as ready for it as I will ever be.  McKenzie is just so sweet and is still in the process of warming up to me.  I'll never forget visiting her classroom last year and seeing the glow in her eyes when she saw me enter the room.  We haven't figured out yet if I'm going to be called "Papaw" or "Pappy" or "Grandpa".  "Papaw" sounds best to me but I'll let her choose.

The rehearsal and wedding both went off without a hitch but there were a few tense moments just before Rachel was to walk down the aisle...and guess who's fault that was?  Yep...daddy-o!  As you probably heard me mention on TV, I was in charge of compiling the music for the wedding and reception.  I spent most of Thursday and Friday getting all the right songs together and making sure it was all in the right order and sounding the way Rachel wanted it.  On top of that, Rachel sang with a track called "Standing Right Next To Me" during her wedding that we recorded a few days ago in my home studio.  Everything sounded great and I double-checked my CD's to make sure it was all there.  A few minutes before the wedding, my good friend and Hillvue audio director Marc Owens ran downstairs and said "there's nothing on the CD's!"  I thought 'that's impossible...I checked those!'  Panic insued until I remembered I had backed up every song on my 2 GB thumbdrive!  There was Rachel and the entire wedding ensemble waiting to enter the sanctuary and we're still trying to get the music to work.  I was praying hard 'dear God, please don't let me ruin my daughter's wedding...please let the thumbdrive work!'  It did and everything was fine.  I don't believe I saw Rachel panic once.  Even through all of that she was calm, cool and collected...unlike her father!  After we made it back home, I checked the CD's again out of curiosity and they played just fine.  What the...?!?  My instinct with audio must have told me to never trust a CD and that's why I backed everything on my thumbdrive.  Some CD and DVD players have a difficult time "reading" certain custom made CD's.

I am happy to share some photos of Rachel's wedding with you here.  Enjoy!  CA


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  • by sally Location: tompkinsville on Nov 20, 2008 at 03:52 AM
    congrats on your daughters wedding. she is beautiful and old dad appears to be beaming. the same thing happened with a cd for me but it was a special song for a funeral. it was awful but we went through several players and even considered pulling the car to the back door before finally finding one that it played the cd. you will make an awesome grandpa. It doesn't really matter what she calls you. It's the love and affection you hear in her little voice when she says it that matters. How about pa chris or pe-paw chris. my grandchildren say pe-paw and granny Some women don't want to be called granny these days, but I love it!
  • by c.m. Location: bowling green , ky on Oct 17, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    Chris I THink You should have her to cal you Poppie, that is what my children call there grandfatherRachel is Beautiful You ahve done a great job with everything .
  • by Marissa Location: BG on Aug 29, 2008 at 08:58 AM
    I like "Pop". Rachel's dress is fabulous. I love clean and simple elegance. Ruffles and fru-fru are just too much. Gorgeous!!!!!
  • by Sarah Location: Bowling Green on Aug 25, 2008 at 06:52 PM
    Congratulations! Sounds like your family is growing in the way God has planned. Best of luck to everyone.
  • by Leigh Location: Glasgow on Aug 21, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    Congrats, Chris on the new son-in-law. Grandpa will come easy to you and she will have you wrapped around her fingers before long.
  • by sandra Location: powderly ky on Aug 16, 2008 at 04:12 AM
    chris, your daughter is so pretty she looks like her mother and i hope everything works out for her and her new husband!
  • by Jake on Aug 14, 2008 at 07:24 PM
    Congrats, Chris! My wife had two daughters when we got married six years ago, and my family welcomed both girls with open arms, so I always feel good when someone else tells of their family's experience. Like you discovered, some CD players just don't "get it" when it comes to burned discs. I don't understand the why and how of that, but one of my hobbies is burning CDs for my wife. Wouldn't you know, some of them wouldn't work in her newer car's CD player, but they worked fine in my 20-year-old Yamaha player in the family room. Go figure! One last thing: All of my kids - we now have four - call my dad "Pop." Run that one past McKenzie ... she might like it! :-)
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