26 July 2013


Jay Elijah Rogers and Kelli Lynne Dwyer were married at the courthouse in St. Louis, MO on July 12, 2013.

(l to r) Tom and Ginger, Jay's parents, Jay and Kelli and me and Roger at our house having a wedding brunch the day after the wedding.

These pics are SO out of order but my OCD is turned OFF for the moment so....this is the cake I had made for them.  Yes, it is rainbow small wedding cake (white as the bride's choice of cake) with chocolate cupcakes (groom's choice).  The rainbow signifies luck of the Irish as Kelli is Irish and this will make more sense later when you see another picture down the page.

(l to r) Ginger and Tom (Jay's parents) Brandy, who is Tina's partner, and Aunt Tina, all from Indiana.

Buying the Priestess a drink after she performed an Irish hand tying ceremony at the Stan Musial statue at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, who they both dearly love!

After the hand tying ceremony at Busch Stadium walking to the bar.

The Best Man, Todd, and the Groom.

Jay, Kelli and Kiereney, who stood up for Kelli.
Todd, Jay and Kelli
Awww....the deed is done!

Mr. and Mrs. Jay E. Rogers
He placed the ring on her finger and kissed it.  Swoon!
As most of you know, Kelli and Jay met 2 years and 2 months ago at a Cardinal ballgame.  Last Fall Kelli was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had no insurance coverage.  Jay was previously married and separated before Kelli met him, but not divorced.  Enter the ignorant divorce laws of MO.  You have to be separated x amount of months and FILE for separation.  They were separated the x amount of months but never filed because they weren't aware of this quirky rule until they went for the divorce.  Then Michael was activated for deployment so the wedding plans stepped up because she was not ABOUT to get married without her brother present.  It got down to the wire with no divorce papers so Michael deployed with the understanding that when he returns in August 2014, his sister's vow renewal and reception will be set for September 13, 2014 (date of her Godmother's (Kathy, my BFF who died Feb. 20 of this year) birthday) and Kelli and Jay would go ahead and get married to get Kelli on insurance to be able to seek treatment for her MS which is getting worse as months go on.
Sometimes you just have to say it is what it is and do what needs to be done.
They are blissfully happy living in St. Louis.
AND in addition to becoming a mother-in-law, I am also now a GRANDMA to 12 year old granddaughter Mati, 11 year old grandson Calvin and 10 year old grandson Quinn.  They were visiting grandparents in Indiana at the wedding so I will post pics of my grands later.
So yes, I STILL BELIEVE in happy ever afters and am excited to help Kelli plan the vow renewal and reception.
Michael has arrived in Saudi Arabia, already weathered sandstorms and Mom is sending off his first care package today and I miss him like crazy!


joanne said...

awesome post! Love the photos, everyone is just glowing with happiness. Congratulations to all and to you 'grandma.' talk soon.

Debbie said...

Congrats Ness and family!!! I am so happy for your news! About time for good news!!!! Being a Grandma is so rewarding Ness. You are going to LOVE it!!!
I too love the photo's!! I love to see pics of families and yours looks so happy!!!

God Bless~

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