The Wedding and Reception

Kaiden and Lily

After more than eighteen months, my son Kaiden was able to marry Lily, the woman he fell in love with in Mozambique. Here are some pictures from their December 14th wedding and reception. If you missed how we put up the false ceiling in the church gym, you can see that here. The day was beautiful and went off with only a few minor hitches.

The dress

As at most weddings, the dress was super important. Lily looked wonderful in it.
Lily's dress

Lily's dress

The bouquet

I bought fifty roses from Costco online and bought baby’s breath and other greenery from Trader Joe’s. My sister and I created this cascading bouquet for Lily. She loved it! We saved the rest of the roses for my friend to use on the cake.

the wedding bouquet

Lily holding bouquet

The cake

We hired my very talented friend Sarah Alton to make the cake. And it tasted wonderful!

Lily's wedding cake

The centerpieces

I bought a bunch of second-hand decorative bird cages and we decorated them with inexpensive flowers and ribbon.

wedding centerpieces

The sign-in table

We had a Costco photo book for people to sign. They didn’t have time to do a bridal photo shoot, as she dress arrived the week before the wedding and the veil two days before, but we enlarged a cute photo of them to put by the table.

The sign-in table

The wedding ceremony

the marriage

Exchanging the rings

Kaiden putting on the ring

Lily putting on the ring

They did a lot of gazing at each other

Looking at each other

The newlyweds

After the marriage

Bridal party

bridal party

The parents and grandparents

Parents and grandparents



Kaiden’s favorite aunt and cousins (Liechtys)

We were excited to have the very great support of my sister and her family.


Lily’s friends

Two of Lily’s friends, who had first come to Utah from Mozambique to study also came to the wedding.

Lily's friends

Too much kissing?

Kaiden and Lily were kissing so much, we couldn’t help but make fun of them!

Making fun of the newlyweds

fake kissing

More kissing?

making fun

The groom’s brothers playing around

brother love

Untying the sashes

My cute granddaughter having fun!

untying the chair sashes

Lisbon (groom’s sister, flower girl, and ring bearer)


The reception


The food tables


bread and toppings

First dance

first dance

Cutting the cake

Lily pretends to threaten her new husband with the knife.

cutting the cake

cake and kissing

Besides an issue with the cameras not taking great pictures because of the low light, the pink lemonade dispensers being left on by a child and leaking all over the floor, and the blisters on my feet by the end of the day, everything was perfect. We are so excited to welcome Lily into our family.

Teyla Rachel Branton



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27 Responses to “The Wedding and Reception”

  1. Teyla Rachel Branton

    Thank you so much, everyone. I appreciate you sharing my joy!

  2. Sandy McKay

    Aww, you have a beautiful family! I can see their playful side and their love for family. It looks like a perfect wedding day! I’m happy for them!

  3. Delilah Taylor

    Beautiful wedding. I’m sitting here smiling and I don’t even know y’all lol

  4. K.C. Callahan-Aves

    The wedding was simply beautiful. Seems weddings almost always turn out ok even with the stress before. Everything was just perfect. Congratulations on a lovely day. Many happy memories made this day.
    K.C. in Oz

  5. Floralba

    ¡Hermosa familia tienes! ¡Felicidades, que Dios bendiga siempre a tu hijo y su bella esposa!

  6. Jackie

    Gorgeous bride and handsome groom. Thanks for sharing such amazing photos

  7. Judy Burdett

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Jim

    You have a very beautiful family, thank you for sharing. Congratulations to the newlyweds and may they have a blessed life together.

  9. Suzi

    What beautiful, happy photos. Wishing them a long and blessed life. Thank you for sharing the happy day.

  10. Ms

    Is so refreshing to see the couple and their guests having so much fun at a wedding. Its all so beautiful,the wedding dress , the bouquet, cake, the ingenuity of the center pieces and the color theme.God bless the new home with lots of joy and peace.Thanks for sharing.

  11. Bola

    Wow! Thank you for sharing the joy of your son’s special day with us. Lovely wedding. Wishing the young couple a happy and blissful married life filled with love and laughter. Hope your blisters are gone now. Cheers

  12. Huanne Woodward

    Beautiful wedding ! I love her dress and of course the bride makes it even more beautiful. The color theme was refreshing. Congrats to all!

  13. Virginia Jones

    This was a beautiful wedding. The dress is beautiful and so is the bride. Weddings should be fun and it looks like this one was. The cake was gorgeous. All of the flowers were beautiful story of as well. Congratulations to all.

  14. Christie Evans

    Beautiful. They look really happy. Congratulations to all.

  15. Linda Kofford

    Such a beautiful couple! She’s gorgeous & they look so happy.
    Everyone looks happy for them. Thank you for sharing a portion of your lives!

  16. Sheila Carsins

    It was a labor of love cutting through all of that red tape to finally arrive at your wonderful wedding, but it was SO WORTH IT!!! You both look so beautiful, happy, and deeply in love! My wish for you both, is that throughout all the years that follow, that all of your hopes, desires, and wishes come true, and that you both remain happy, healthy, and that good fortune follows you for all of your lives! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  17. Sheila Hutchinson

    Loved seeing everything come together for the happy couple. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Jennifer Cook

    Beautiful wedding! Congratulations to the bride and groom!

  19. charlene capodice

    what a lovely couple and a wonderful wedding! God bless you all! thank you for sharing

  20. Betty

    What a beautiful wedding and a beautiful addition to your family! Congratulations!

  21. Sue Wolz

    Wish I could have been there. Looks like lots of fun. They look perfect together. Congratulations to your son and his bride.

  22. Carla Toppass

    Beautiful pictures!! Thank you for sharing with your readers. I’m sure it was a day to remember – blisters and all! 🙂

  23. Maria H.

    Congratulations to the beautiful bride and handsome groom! Looks like everybody was having fun. Thank you for sharing the wedding photos.

  24. Latesha Ballard

    Lovely pictures. Best wishes to the happy newlyweds.

  25. Mercedes & Ray Herndon

    Thanks for sharing. What great photos. So happy everything turned out so well. Wishing all the very best.

    Love to all
    The Herndons

  26. Dawn Burks

    Beautiful wedding pictures! Congratulations to your son and new daughter!

  27. Shirley Cochran

    What a beautiful wedding! Love the goofing around as what is a wedding without it! Your son looks a little like David Tennant in a few of the photos! Congrats on the addition to your family!


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