Sean and Catherine’s Wedding Part 1

I mean…yeah, pretty surreal.  That’s my little brother.  And now, he’s married.
Over the weekend, my little family embarked on a journey two years in the making…well, 30 years actually.
  It all started two and half years ago when one night, I was watching my very favorite TV show and saw a commercial that said “if you know anyone who would like to be a contestant on The Bachelorette, sign them up at”…so I did.  With little rhyme or reason (or any thought actually), I did.  And he was picked.   And then he got his heart broken.  And then we were crushed.  And then he was asked to be the Bachelor and we were very supportive.  I flew to St. Croix to check out the women, then all 6 of us headed to Thailand to meet the final two…and then he picked Catherine.  And it was true love.
And now, we’re here.  A normal family, with normal jobs, normal problems, normal everything…smack dab in the middle of a live wedding broadcast on national TV.  My little brother.  Crazy.
So, that’s how we got here.  Wedding prep has been going on for months, Sean and Catherine have been a part of all of the details, so this isn’t a peak into their lives…it’s a peak into mine.  How is it being the big sister of the Bachelor during his wedding weekend?  What was it like?  How were we treated?  What did we do?  Who did we meet? 
Let’s start with Thursday and move forward…just your average family in a very un-average situation…
Back in September, Sean and Catherine gave my kiddos special t-shirts the day they asked them to be flower girl and ring bearer in their wedding.  I was saving those shirts for a special day…I thought their last day of school before leaving for California was just that kind of day!

While the kids were at school, I asked my sweet friend Erika to go to Dry Bar with me to get my hair all fixed up before we left (a good Dry Bar trip will last me 3 days!).

Not only did she go with me…she brought me a special little package of goodies to take on my trip.  I just love my sweet friends.

Friday morning, we packed up and headed out.  I think we should all pause and take a moment to appreciate my Erin Condren luggage.  It’s not only beautiful on the outside, the inside is a traveler’s paradise.  Pockets, zippers, compartments and tons of room.  I love.

It was super cold the day we left Dallas and the day we came home (in the 20s), so I wore my new plaid coat.  Speaking of things I love…this would be one of them!

My kids were so excited about heading to California!

Smith and me west coast bound!

Oh yes…and we also flew with all 4 of my grandparents, one aunt, 5 groomsmen, 2 bridesmaids and several friends.  Such a fun flight!

Seeing mom at the hotel (they went out a week in advance just for fun!)
We arrived at the hotel on Friday afternoon starving and ready to stretch our legs.  It was so fun checking into the lobby!  I got in line right behind my buddy Chris Harrison :).  
After we checked in, we were handed special passes that allowed us to go anywhere on property.  People.  I’m not sure if Barack and Michelle have as much security as we did.  Men in suits wearing dark glasses and ear pieces were everywhere.  And by everywhere, I mean they were even pacing back and forth outside my hotel room and one stood in front of  my parents’ porch.  Everywhere.  Along with our passes, we were handed information on social media, our itineraries and a map of events. 
On this day, everyone in the wedding party was taken into a big conference room where we were all given duffle bags with our initials on them full of goodies!  For the bridesmaids, we had nail polish, jewelry, makeup, so many things to mention.  Such a special perk!
Oh look who I bumped into in the lobby…my soon to be sister-in-law!  The bride and groom were busy (of course!), so we saw them when we could…they had a lot of obligations that weekend.
That night, my kids were exhausted and went to sleep at 6:30 (which is 8:30 in their normal time zone, so not too crazy) and then I went to sleep early too.  The next morning, Andrew asked me if I had checked my phone…and I hadn’t.  Apparently on Friday night…I was a hot topic of conversation…

Totally normal that the host of The Bachelor is tweeting that we might be dates to my brother’s wedding… and then my own husband acts confused because he thought I was committed to this awesome (albeit quite hairy) Bachelor producer named Elan.  Totally normal.
Elan sent me one more tweet on Saturday…totally the relationship between the crazy Bachelor family :).

There was a lot of commotion outside our room this morning…you know, just giant lights being raised for my little brother’s TV wedding…
While the giant lights went up, my kiddos hung out in the room watching i-Pads and such…we were saving our energy for the big rehearsal(s) that day.

A peak at two of our security passes.

My itinerary…

…and Andrew’s itinerary. 

The nice security guard that I watched pace by my hotel room door about 4,587 times.
The kids are fascinated by the giant lights going up…

We had such a relaxing morning and then met in the hotel lobby at 1:00 for our first rehearsal.  Uncle Seanie played catch with the kids while the rest of us listened to a lot of instructions (only the groom, flower girl and ring bearer can get away with such shenanigans!).

We headed outside to rehearse.  That’s the director Ken talking to my dad, Catherine and Sean.  What?  Don’t all rehearsals involve a director?  

Me and the hubs at rehearsal.  Love this man.  

Stephanie is one of Sean and Catherine’s really good friends.  I’ve known her for years…love, love, love her!
At 3:00, rehearsals broke until 5:45 so that all of the ladies could have hair consultations with the famous Jose Eber.  You know…this really famous hair guy…
…I found this image off of Google (because I was waaaay to intimidated to ask him for a picture!).  He was super intense, really specific and extremely nice.  It was a once in a lifetime experience just to meet him!
After I left my consultation, I was walking through the lobby with Kensington when I bumped into this pretty lady…

…Trista!  Trista Sutter and I have been very friendly over the last year.  She sent me an early copy of her book, we email and keep in touch with each other.  I just love her.  Really love her.  She said we could be BFF now :).  I also loved that while we chatted, her sweet hubby Ryan entertained Kensington by asking her a million questions and showing her pics of his kids on his phone.  Love them!
At 5:45, we headed back to rehearsal in our rehearsal dinner clothes (except my dad wasn’t dressed up yet).  At this point, we realized it was going to be cold on the wedding night while we were outside during the ceremony.  Like 42 degrees kind of cold.  Sigh.  But we shivered our way through rehearsals and then again the next night :).
Here are the original four Lowes at rehearsal…
…I love this pic.  This is my family.  These are the people who raised me.  The family I vacationed with, moved with, lived with my entire life…celebrated every life event with, cried millions of tears with, laughed more than I can count with.  This is my family.  I am so blessed.
Speaking of blessed…this man right here is such a blessing in my life!  Love my sweet hubby!

The rehearsal dinner was so nice and simple.  No cameras, no crew, nothing but our two families sharing a meal and giving fun toasts to the happy couple.  Such a wonderful night!

Ring Bearer down.  Smith literally said, “Can I just lie down on the floor and go to sleep?”.  And so he did.  Because it’s exhausting being in your uncle’s famous live TV wedding ;).

And flower girl down too…this show biz is tough work!
One more note about my dad…he is such a trooper!  My dad totally nailed the rehearsals (where he wrote and memorized fake vowels/prayers and such in order to save the real thing for the wedding day) while being extremely sick at the same time!  No one ever knew that he had a 24 hour bug that made him so sick he couldn’t even attend the rehearsal dinner.  Yeah…pretty awesome.
At first I thought I would do one post on the whole weekend.  How stupid dumb ridiculous naive was I???  Tomorrow, I will be recapping the second part of our trip…the wedding day!  I have too many pictures and little anecdotes to include it all in one post.  Come back tomorrow!  You will not want to miss my wedding day pictures!
Speaking of not missing…my foodie blog has a Super Bowl inspired menu today 
…and don’t forget about my fabulous heart shaped cake I did yesterday (it is so simple!).  
And it is so funny!
And of course, if you ever want to know what I’m wearing, you’ll find it in my closet.
This is Part 1…tomorrow, Part 2 and the behind the scenes of the big wedding day!  Love you all!
See you tomorrow!
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  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} January 29, 2014 at 11:12 am

    SOOOO SOOOOO SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FUN to see all of the behind the scenes activities! I can hardly wait for tomorrow!!!!!!!! And listen, I'm sure Trista is just as sweet as can be. However, homegirl needs to STEP OFF. OR, she just needs to invite me in to your new little circle too! πŸ™‚ Yes, if she is willing to include me then I won't fight her. πŸ™‚

  • Katie Mitchell January 29, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Love, love, love this!! So fun to see all the behind the scenes! And your poor Dad! So sorry he was sick, but he totally rocked that ceremony!!!! Can't wait til tomorrow's post…have a great day!

  • Anonymous January 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Wow! My daughter and I watched the wedding together Sunday. We followed you on twitter and instagram. She teased me that I even knew what instagram was πŸ™‚ You have a lovely family Shay! Your comments beneath your original four picture show how special you all are!
    Thank you for sharing your special occasion with all of us!!

  • Tab & Erika January 29, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks SO much for sharing all the behind the scenes stuff!!! SO fun to see all those pictures! Can't wait for your post tomorrow!!

  • Julie Connelly January 29, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    SO, SO fun to "see" behind the scenes pictures!! And oh my goodness, I love your dad even more now. He did such an AWESOME job at the ceremony & to find out he was terribly sick…wow!! I just love your family…reminds me of my family of 4 growing up πŸ™‚ Can't wait for tomorrow!!!

  • Michelle Nobbe January 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    All I have to say is WOW! Thank you so much for giving us a behind the scenes look at this special event. Your family is amazing, and the wedding ceremony was absolutely beautiful! Loved that it was on live television and Jesus Christ was the center of it all!

  • Lisa Iwasyk January 29, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    When watching the wedding I felt super cool, like I "knew" all of you! Beautiful! Can't wait to see what tomorrow has in store!

  • hillary January 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    I am reminded of a quote – I think by Will Rogers – "Do what you can with what you have where you are." I'm also reminded of the book of Esther and her being prepared for "such a time as this." You and your family live lives dedicated to Christ, and oh, if THE BACHELOR happens to televise that you were already ready to share Him. SO COOL. Look at that legacy Mama and Papa Lowe!! Loving it!!!!!!

  • Anonymous January 29, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Hi Shay,
    I love your blog. I've never watched a single minute of The Bachelor (or the other one) ever…..however, because of your blog I just had to watch the wedding. I LOVED how Jesus was a part of it all. I loved it. And your dad ROCKED it. He was seriously amazing and did a fantastic job. I seriously cried. I'm so glad you had fun. I hope the bride and groom will have a long and beautiful life together.
    Kelly in Michigan

  • british rocking cow January 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Thaanks for the recap! It was fun to see everything else that went on behind the scenes. Congrats to your family!The bridesmaid dresses were sooo great! Catherine was stunning and my future husband better cry like Sean did!

  • Anonymous January 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Shay, the ceremony was beautiful. It was surreal to watch a Christ-centered wedding on TV. Almost seemed strange (but totally in a great way!) I got chills reading that your dad had the stomach bug. Satan sure tried to keep the message of Jesus from being aired on TV, but God had bigger plans!! So glad that your dad was able to recover from the stomach bug and perform a beautiful Christ-centered wedding ceremony for millions of viewers!
    – Tracey

  • Katie @ Team Skelley January 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I thought that your dad did a fantastic job – he was my favorite part of the whole event! That and the flowers, which were beautiful. πŸ˜€ I am glad that you guys had fun, what a unique experience!

  • Cody January 29, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Love the recap! looks like you had so much fun! I hope sean and catherine have a long and happy marriage! oh, and it is amazing how similar your father and grandfather look in pictures. twins!!!

  • Aubrey January 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    The security guards, the famous stylists, the scary giant light, the ONE DOZEN bridesmaids…totally surreal.

    Your kids crashed out at the rehearsal dinner…that is 100% REAL LIFE, baby. πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous January 29, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Wow! You are so lucky to have such a beautiful sister in law…Catherine is lovely inside and out! She was absolutely stunning on their wedding day. It seems she will be a perfect addition to your whole family. Best of Luck to both Sean & Catherine!!!

  • Amy January 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    So fun to hear your behind the scenes take! I loved watching the wedding and seeing your sweet family, pretty sure my husband thought I was crazy when I was like, "oh, there's Shay and Andrew!" Like you're our friends or something πŸ™‚ I read something online about the Grammy's that said the wedding they did there of multiple same sex couples was more genuine and heartfelt than the "other" tv wedding that took place that night (Sean and Catherine's) Give me a break! πŸ™‚ Your dad knocked the message out of the park, loved the focus on Jesus! So glad to see your family shining for Jesus in the spotlight!

  • Jaylyn Bond January 29, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    So amazing!! Your family is so sweet. Thanks for sharing all the behind the scenes πŸ™‚ yesterday I wrote a little recap on my blog ( and I wrote a little paragraph about you if you want to check it out πŸ™‚

  • Sarah E @ January 29, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    So fun!! I would have been giddy the entire time – what a once in a lifestime opportunity! I loved watching the wedding and even did a post about why sean lowe is my favorite bachelor of alltime! πŸ™‚

  • Sallie January 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Wow…what a trooper your dad was to have been sick and then pulled off such an amazing ceremony.
    So proud that he kept it God centered. . . as it should be!
    Beautiful family!

  • Maureen W. (Maryland) January 29, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Hi, Shay. I am happy to see you were still able to have regular, private family time amidst all the glitz and cameras. Best anecdote was Ryan chatting up Kensington. You get a good idea of someone by how they interact with children. Looking forward to hearing more tomorrow. XOXO

  • Elizabeth January 29, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I love this! I love this because it is so real. As crazy as a live in tv wedding is, you keep it real and your family seems so grounded. Thank you for sharing!

  • Sara January 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    LOVED the wedding! It's been so much fun watching Sean and Catherine's love story unfold. Thank you for letting us share in these memories with your sweet family!

  • Maggie Kosciolek January 29, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    amazing! loved the ceremony and loved your recap! cant wait for tomorrow!

  • Anonymous January 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Fun recap!! Would love to hear about meeting with Catherine's family!

  • Katherine January 29, 2014 at 2:53 pm awesome. I loves seeing the behinds the scene stuff. Thanks for sharing your world with us.

  • Renee I January 29, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Love it!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!! Can you do a Q & A? I have so many questions, along with others, about this day!!!?

  • Traci January 29, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    What a cool experience. I love hearing these inside details. It's always fun to know what goes on behind the scenes.

  • Livia January 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    So great to see these pics! Sean's season was my favorite. It was so nice to see someone so committed to Christ even in a situation such as the bachelor. He reminds me so much of my brother! (who I actually almost nominated as well when he was close to turning 30 but he ended up meeting his amazing wife, FINALLY!)

    Congrats to your family.

  • Liz/happymommy January 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    First, Sheaffer's comment….hilarious!!! Second, Thanks so much for giving us a peek into your crazy weekend! It was so much fun to watch on TV but I can only imagine what a whirlwind it all was! How fun for your whole family! I love, love, love your dad….he just seems like the sweetest man and reminds me so much of my own dad and I can't believe he was so sick, poor guy! Looking forward to tomorrow's post!!

  • {Hi Sugarplum!} January 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    So fun to see your take on the whole thing! Love that you were still able to have personal family moments too, away from the circus!

  • Audra Kelly January 29, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I have loved seeing all the behind the scenes of the wedding. Your family is so precious! I allowed my 6 year old daughter to watch the wedding (not the preshow, ha!) and she now has aspirations of one day being a flower girl like your little one! Ha–don't think we'll ever have the opportunity of being in such a grand wedding! πŸ™‚

  • Leslie January 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Shay! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! The picture of "the original four" made my heart sing. It's true, we share so many memories with the original family, and it is truly so special. I know it has been said many times, but your Dad truly hit it out of the park as the officiant. It was heartfelt, funny, and full of God's Word! Looking forward to the next post!!

  • Kate January 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Shay- such wonderful memories & so much fun to see all of the behind the scenes activities!!! Loved following you on ig and twitter too! Trista seems so sweet- glad you too got along so well! I've always loved her! Can't wait to see tomorrow's recap!!!! xo

  • Rachel S January 29, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    I thought your dad nailed it at the ceremony! He was so heartfelt and sincere and so bold in sharing your faith. I was blown away by how calm he seemed doing that on live TV! Wow! Now, on top of that, you tell us that he was sick at the time. He rocks!

  • Anonymous January 29, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I love your food blog especially since I love to bake then I found this post! I watched the wedding and it was beautiful. I also followed it on twitter and it is good to know there was so much security since there were at least 2 stalker types on twitter that claimed to be at the hotel. I kind of wish ABC would not have focused so much on the "grown sexy" during the first hour. It was kind of odd they had no interviews with Catherine's parents or her sisters which were obviously there. I have to admit your Dad stole the show! I bet he will get lots of requests for other weddings. I bet Sean is thanking you every day for signing him up to the be on the show!

  • Babygirl January 29, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    The wedding was so beautiful and special. I'm sure that wasn't an easy feat being that it was live on TV, but I thought the emotion of everything was so touching. And the prayer that Andrew did for Sean prior to…that was awesome, and I'm so so glad they included that in the airing, you just don't see that much anymore. I've watched the bachelor/bachelorette forever it seems, but beside Molly and Jason's wedding, I've never watched the weddings much. I was so excited for this one though. I just really like Sean and Catherine, they are so true to who they are, and I love that.

  • Skess January 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Awesome! Can you tell us what it was like to have Lesley Murphy as one of the bridesmaids? Not awkward at all?

    You're so pretty!

  • Allison Marble January 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I have to say your dad was my favorite part of the wedding! He did such an amazing job, and he was SO excited for them. He was precious!

  • Elvira GB January 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Loved the wedding, you haven't got to that part yet but my favorite shot by far was when they showed Andrew praying for Sean… what incredibly beautiful moment to be part of. I loved papa Jay too, he did an amazing job hosting the ceremony. I cant get enough of your family and all the love you spread between yourselves. Thanks for sharing all this with all your readers! God Bless you all…

  • Rebekah @ Living && Learning January 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I loved this post! I love that you really are a normal family and that shines though! What a fun experience!! I can't wait to read part 2!

  • Andrea Worley January 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    So fun! Great reading your take on it all, what an exciting adventure for your whole family.

  • ~Momma to Twin Girls~ January 29, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    de-lurking… your blog is just awesome! So now that Uncle Sean has had a wedding on TV I have to wonder if your kids will think this is the norm. πŸ™‚ SO fun!!!

  • Whitney Goetz January 29, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I am so glad to read/see pics of your behind the scenes stories of the wedding weekend. What a beautiful wedding! Thanks for sharing a glimpse into you and your family's life but most importantly for sharing your faith. Your father's message, your husband's prayer, and Sean and Catherine discussing the Lord in their vows – it all makes me so happy to think that there are young ladies (I imagine myself in college when I started watching the Bachelor) that see such a great example of a Christian family. Congrats to your family welcoming to it one more member! And a BIG congrats to the real stars of the show- your adorable kids!

  • Charla Liedahl January 29, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Shay, I have never watched one second of the Bachelor EVER until the wedding on Sunday! The reason? YOU and your cute family! I love that God gave your family a seemingly weird place (TV!!!) to share your faith and that Sean has been so true to his beliefs. I LOVED watching every moment on Sunday and wish Sean and Catherine nothing but the best. What a crazy ride your family has been on! You all need a real vacation now, I bet!

  • Jenny Douglas January 29, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! I have really enjoyed following you and your family. I love the values you share and how you are SO real.

  • Brooklyn January 29, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you so much for posting all these behind the scenes pictures – so much fun to look at! You looked beautiful and your kids did an awesome job in the wedding on LIVE TV! Kensington in her little coat over her dress was adorable! I was wondering if you'd had the chance to watch the wedding or are you going to? You & your whole family are adorable & congratulations to Sean and Catherine..they seem very happy!

  • Jaren January 29, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    So much fun!! Love all the behind the scenes details!

  • Narci January 29, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I mean, this is so fun! I am so jealous of your Jose Eber experience. I almost sent you a selfie so you could have JE do a consult for me. πŸ˜‰ Glad to have you back my beautiful friend!! πŸ™‚

  • Angela January 29, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Loved the recap! I was so bummed because right when it was about to start, the power went out in my house! It did come back on in time for the ceremony, which I'm sure was the best part. You have a beautiful family and I was so so encouraged to hear the name of Jesus honored at the wedding on ABC!! You dad is awesome.

  • Laurie S January 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Shay:

    Great recap Part 1 – can't wait for Part 2! I find the contrast between your and Andrew's itineraries funny – for my wedding I was in hair and makeup prep while hubby-to-be washed the car! Really… 17 years ago…

    Love the "original four" family photo and the accompanying words you wrote. And how much love you have to share with others who join the family… it just keeps growing!

    Bummer about your dad being so ill (I never would have known). But the Lord was gracious and covered him and took care of him. Sheaffer mentioned your text for prayers… Prayers were answered! To God be the Glory!

    Blessings to all of you…

    Have a good day!
    Laurie S

  • Chic Coastal Living January 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Such a great recap! The wedding was so perfect and Catherine is a doll! They make a great couple! I'm new to your blog and love it! So nice to meet other Christian bloggers! XO,
    Desiree from Chic Coastal Living

  • Chic Coastal Living January 29, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    Such a great recap! The wedding was so perfect and Catherine is a doll! They make a great couple! I'm new to your blog and love it! So nice to meet other Christian bloggers! XO,
    Desiree from Chic Coastal Living

  • Lauren @ My Slice of Life January 29, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks for sharing all the fun behind the scenes action! It was a beautiful ceremony (your dad is awesome!) and both Sean and Catherine seem to happy and in love. Love that we get a little more of a peek at your beautiful family and all the fun you had.
    Looking forward to tomorrow's wedding recap!

  • Andrea - Would Rather Be Shopping January 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your behind the scenes look. What a fun weekend! Also your dad is quite possibly one of the cutest dads in the world! I want your parents to have their own show! So adorable! He did such an amazing job at the ceremony!!!

  • Jennifer January 29, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I hope Catherine realizes how blessed she is to be a part of your amazing (and beautiful) family! Hard to believe Sean had been single, definitely a reminder that it is all in God's perfect timing and worth the wait! Loved "getting to know" your family a little better. Will you do a post on them so we can learn a little more?

  • Hayley Chandler January 29, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks so much for letting us have a little glimpse into this huge event in your lives. It sounds absolutely fabulous, and as always you looked beautiful in every single picture!!!

  • sarah January 29, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Hi Shay! Congrats! I'm so happy for yall! You have such a beautiful family!!! You looked so gorgeous in all of your pictures …… and young!!! Omg!

  • Lauren January 29, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Loved reading every bit of this! My friends and I squealed a little bit when we saw your family on TV!! – I would love to see a blog post about YOUR wedding!! And how long until the Lowe's/Shull's get their own reality show?! πŸ™‚

  • Andrea - Would Rather Be Shopping January 29, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your behind the scenes! What a fun weekend! I think your dad is just about one of the cutest dads in the world. I really want your parents to have their own show. I would just like to soak in all of their adorableness!

  • Lee January 29, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    How fun! I love that I found this blog. So sweet. When your brother cried I cried. So lovely. I too want to be Trista's bff. Hee hee. Loved her book.
    My book just came out yesterday, The Shoebox.
    I'ts so surreal to have a book published. I got hers as soon as I saw she had one.
    Well I love your blog. The kids were lovely.
    What an experience.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Lisa Mercado Fernandez
    I have a blog too, just in case you'd like to follow mine. Thanks.

  • Shoshanah January 30, 2014 at 12:53 am

    I've been looking forward to reading this all day long, after having to work while the rest of the city had a snow day… but having the chance to finally read your recap has made up for it all! This was everything I was hoping it to be, and I can't wait to read more tomorrow! Thanks so much for being willing to share all these behind the scenes details with all of us!

  • Stacey January 30, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Congrats to your brother and your family! I love reading your blog…you seem so kind and humble. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing an inside look!

  • Julie Joy January 30, 2014 at 1:15 am

    What an amazing experience! Loved watching your family on TV! You are all such beautiful, down to earth people! Can't wait to read the next recap! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  • Paula January 30, 2014 at 1:21 am

    This was such a joy to read Shay! Is it strange that I feel like I know your family. I have followed your blog before you even had Smith and also had Conservative Mommy.

    Your father oh your father! Precious! Absolutely precious. How he described both Sean & Catherine were heartfelt, honest, sweet and touching.
    My husband was working, so I watched it alone after the kids went to bed. He asked me later (as we watched each of Sean's episodes together) about it. All I could say was oh my! GOD was there. With the Grammys going on the same time with all its controversial issues and this wedding playing simultaneously, it was all God! You all have remain true to your faith. Best part of the wedding, God really was glorified and shined through! Awesome!
    BTW-Kensington and Smith were precious! You and your husband were gorgeous!

  • klmoore23 January 30, 2014 at 1:38 am

    You must still be pinching yourself to know if that weekend actually really happened! It was so fun reading this post and peeking into the behind the scenes of this Lowe wedding. Know that we all feel like a part of your family so we were super stoked to see you come down that aisle! Looking forward to Recap #2 and hope you're getting some well deserved rest! xoxo

  • Jennifer Cannon January 30, 2014 at 2:20 am

    I was SO looking forward to this post! I woke up early for it!!

    So fun getting to read the inside scoop. Such a beautiful family. You are blessed my friend!

    Cant wait for part 2!

  • Blue-Eyed Bride January 30, 2014 at 3:02 am

    This makes me so happy! I love hearing your side of everything. I'm so excited for you all. What a beautiful, blessed family! Congrats to all of you, friend! xoxo

  • Anonymous January 30, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Do you think you could get Catherine to do a guest post and explain "grown sexy" to us? I just don't get it!!! What was that girl thinking?!?!

  • Anonymous January 30, 2014 at 3:44 am

    I love your coat! Is it considered "grown sexy"? πŸ˜‰

  • Mary Louis Quinn January 30, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Love your blog & loved this recap! Random question-you haven't talked about Catherine a ton. I went back & read the bachelor finale recap and you didn't mention one thing about her. She seems lovely & she and Sean seem like a wonderful couple. I'm assuming you feel the same way. I'm a very new reader so maybe I've just missed it. Or maybe it's a respect for their privacy thing. I was just curious. πŸ™‚

  • Jessi Otey January 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I absolutely love this! You looked beautiful as did everyone! I must admit (as a wedding planner myself) you would think I am so used to controlling myself at weddings…nope, I totally ugly cried when your bro lost it as she came down the aisle! I'm talking wine almost spit out cry haha anyway thanks for sharing!!

  • Anonymous January 30, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Hi! I was wondering if you could post a picture of the inside of the Erin Condren luggage. I went to the website to order some and I could only find pictures of the exterior. Also, do they meet the size regulations for carry-on, or do you have to check them? Thanks!

  • Anonymous January 30, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Hi, love your blog and your fam!! Really wanted to watch the wedding, but totally thought it was on Monday night so I missed it…do you know is it available to watch online anywhere or are they showing it again on ABC?thanks!…PS I Made your pesto chicken/spinach stuffed peppers the other night and my family loved it, even my super picky 4 year old girl. I also added Feta cheese to the recipe…totally yummy and totally easy. thanks for sharing!