Thursday, May 07, 2009

A Blessed Day!

Last Saturday Allison received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. It is a day in her life that I will remember forever. She was beautiful. We were surrounded with close family and great friends. The day was amazing and I the best way I can describe how I felt that day was my heart was filled with so much joy that it sang all day. It was truly special and blessed day.

There is a lot of photos in this post. Sorry. I had trouble narrowing them down to just these. There also may be more once my sister and my friend send me theirs.

I'll start with the invitations. The colors are a little off in the picture but they are a dark purple and lilac to match the grapes in the graphic I found online. I liked the colors so much that I went with them for the overall theme of the day.
This is the pew banner. It is 12 x 16 and hung on the pew we were assigned. As you can see, I used the graphic from the invitation as inspiration. This took me 4 1/2 hours to make! As I said in a couple of posts back, I can't do anything simple and easy! I'm not sure if it's a sickness or just that I want Allison's life to be as special for her as she is to me. She won't remember that there was laundry in the basement to do but she'll remember that I put it aside to make this banner special for her. I'm putting it in her room as a reminder of the special day.
This is when we first arrived at the church. Doesn't she look super excited?

Posing with her pew banner and roses. Curtis and I got her long stem pink roses for her special day.

Father brought all the communicants up around the alter for the blessing of the bread and wine. Allison is on his side in front of the guest Priest on his left. You can't see her because she is so tiny. Her head barely reaches the top of the alter.

Minutes before she goes up to receive the bread and wine. Curtis and I love this picture. You can almost see the thoughts running through her head.

The body...

...and blood of Christ.

The children did a little song and dance for all of us.

A little more of it...

...and one more.

The group shot. Allison is in the front row.

Allison with Father Murphy.

Aunt Susan couldn't stay for dinner so she gave Allison her gift at the church. I know I'm a gushing Mom but doesn't she look cute reading that card?

I think she likes it!

Getting some help form Aunt Susan.

The family pic.

Too sweet!

My little angel!

I can't tell you how happy I was that she was able to wear my dress. It was truly a dream come true. Thank you Cindy from My Romantic Home for the advice on whitening it!

This was her idea for a pic and I already have it blown up to an 8 x 10 ready for a frame. It's such a special shot.

Another one of the family outside the church.

We went to dinner at The Villa restaurant after the ceremony. It is an Italian restaurant about 45 minutes away but so worth the drive. It's has become Allison's favorite and she picked it out of the choices I gave her. Here she is at the restaurant in her dinner dress with her cake. I would have loved to have kept her in her communion dress but I wasn't going to take any chances with tomato sauce. After all...I have to save it for my granddaughter! ;)

Even though it was just close family and friends, I still had to make favors. They were filled with "Hugs & Kisses" from Allison...with help from Hershey.

A close-up of the favor.

A close-up of the roses. I am going to dry one for her and make potpourri out of the rest for her.

Thanks for staying with me through all of these pictures. I have one last one to share. This is a split screen of me and Allison both in the same dress. Don't you just love the knee socks?
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Anonymous said...

She's beautiful!

I love the photo of her with the statue.


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

That is so wonderful that she was able to wear your dress!!! I'm so happy to be able to help with that!!! Isn't it amazing how white you can get things with those two products!!! I agree with Lisa...I love the photo of her with the statue!! She's so adorable!

Darlene said...

What beautiful pictures of her special day. How fabulous that she was able to wear your dress!

Benita said...

She is absolutely beautiful! I love all the pictures & I think it's so neat that she wore the same dress you did! Congradulations proud mommy :)

Controlling My Chaos said...

Gorgeous pictures. It is especially touching that she got to wear your dress.

Kim said...

What great photos of such a special day. She's beautiful. I'm finally working on getting Mark's First Communion in an album. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.


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