Sometimes you come across people that are so great that you can’t help but want to be a part of their lives. They are kind and giving, thoughtful, smart, interesting, and oh so welcoming. I am not just talking about any people. I am for sure talking about Jim, Sonya and their awesome family. When I met them I was drawn to Sonya’s laid back nature and Jim’s bright smile and personality. You could tell they complimented each other perfectly. One picked up just where the other left off in mood and air. I knew I was going to love them as a bride and groom as well. They were humble and really wanted the wedding to be a coming together of their families. It was going to be awesome!
We started off at Jim and Sonya’s beautiful house in Stapleton. You won’t believe that they did all the landscaping and decorating the 2 weeks before the wedding! They had been busy. Jim and his boys Jim and Jack were confined to the basement, not a bad place to be at all. There they watch Star Wars and hung out among the ping pong table and Foosball table. It is rightfully decorated in all soccer paraphernalia, which is how Jim and Sonya met. Jim was a goal keeping coach for the Rapids (not to brag :)) and Sonya also teaches and coaches soccer (between her busy schedule of kids and being an incredible doctor… okay, lets start bragging).
The girls were upstairs in the master suite. Everyone running around trying to get ready. The girls were getting hair and mascara and SO ready to get into their dresses. Abigail and Sofia have been waiting for this day for a while now. Having never seen or been a part of a wedding they were very excited. It was also cute to see them equally excited about their mom’s dress, which they helped pick out. I love the glimmer a little girl gets in her eye when she sees a wedding dress. It is something so special.
When we got to Arrowhead we knew it was going to be a hot day. The boys graciously trudged through grasses and trees to the top of the rocks for their photos. It was a perfect view. I will say, they got the grunt of the heat though. They handled it like champs and I was even able to get them to play around a little. Yes, Jim, I am sorry I told Jack to give you a wet willy. But the smiles are worth it. The girls got to arrive by limo and relax until the ceremony. It is so sweet to see Sonya with her girls. From getting into her dress, to being in the limo with them to pictures later, she always grabs them in and snuggles with them. It is so happy and real. They are lovely girls too. Smiley and sweet and just say yes when you ask for something.
The ceremony was fun to watch as Jim’s boys walked Sonya down the aisle to the march of their own drum. They were laughing the whole way down and ready to get on with the ceremony. Both Jim’s oldest boy Jim and Sonya’s oldest girl Sofia gave small speeches during the ceremony about how excited they were that their parents found the other and that they had new brothers/sisters to hang out with, look to and mess around with. At the end of the ceremony, all Sonya could do was grab all the kids in and just beam. Their family was official official.
The rest of the night followed suit of that last grabbing hug after the ceremony. Jim, Sonya and us snuck away to have some alone time. They giggled and snuggled and kissed and were quiet lovey (which in Sonya’s words, didn’t happen). But they are so natural together. During the reception there were more toasts about family and coming together and all the kids surrounded them to get their chance at the cake… oh I mean watch the cake cutting, and then dance with their new siblings during Jim and Sonya’s first dance. Everything they had wanted had been accomplished. This wedding felt exactly like a huge celebration of their family unit coming together. Somthing they have had for a while now, but there is something new and exciting and real about making it official.
Congratulations Jim, Sonya, Jim, Jack, Sofia and Abigail. It was so fun to be a part of your wedding and join in for such an important union!