My second to youngest sister, Joanna, was married to Stephan Petersen on January 17, 2009.
The two of them met while she was living in Provo, Utah through a mutual friend. They hit it off immediately. They began dating although, logistically, it was difficult as he is from Denmark and that was where he was living at the time. After he returned to Denmark, they were able to continue to communicate through phone calls and e-mails as well as through visits. He came several times to the states and she was able to visit him in Denmark.
It was a very short little ceremony performed by my mom's bishop, then photos, visiting, violinist playing in the background, and a lovely catered dinner. There were a total of 26 people attending, including kids. Stephan's mother, sister, brother and brother's girlfriend were able to fly out from Denmark to be there for the wedding. Although there was a bit of a challenge with the language barrier, we managed to communicate just fine.
My sister, Katie, took care of all the wedding details...She did a great job coordinating everything. I decorated the cake and helped set up the tables and misc. odds and ends.
Ellie and Uncle Seth
... this is the one that she wanted to marry--but funnily enough, after he passed gas shortly after this picture was taken, she decided not to go through with the wedding plans...Her excuse?--"He's too stinky"
Aunt JoJo with her nieces
(the one in the middle is Josie...unfortunately, this picture does not do her justice...she's a doll)
Just the girls...
(youngest sister, Nella; mom; Joanna; me; younger sister, Katie)
Stephan's sister, Maria, organized a really cute game after we had finished dinner, that was so darn funny. She had all of the women sit in a row of chairs with their skirts hiked up above their knees. Stephan was blindfolded and had to feel everyone's knee and leg and try to figure out which one was Joanna's. To mix it up a bit, my brother, Seth, hiked his pants up and sat down. As Stephen made his way down the row of knees, he grimaced when he got to the hairy one of my brother's. He laughed when we all teased him that the hairy one was his new bride's.
We laughed so hard that my cheeks were aching!
Back on the homefront--things took a turn for the worse in the middle of the night as Brian started throwing up--! He's not sure if it is some kind of flu or something he ate, but no one else got sick so I have to wonder if it's a stomach flu...Oh! shoot me now--if the kids or I come down with this in the next couple of days--it's going to do me in! To top it off, while Brian was worshipping the porcelain, Ellie was having one of her night terrors (she was in the same room as Brian and I), so we all basically got zero sleep.
But here we are, home sweet home, we made it through the snowy drive.
One final thought...Joanna's favorite football team is the Steelers and they won tonight! What could be better...she's on her honeymoon and her favorite team is going to the Superbowl! Can't get much better than that!