Sunday, February 14, 2016

Wedding Bells...Part 2

If you want a refresher of the previous episode you can view it here...
 The day has finally came, it's been a little over a year now since these two were engaged. So now before friends and family Michelle and Benjamin will tie the knot! They have come a long way since that crazy bet they made with each other!
Which can be seen here...
 Everyone is starting to gather in the small countryside chapel, waiting on the bride to arrive. Benjamin waits at the alter with the minister, while most of the guests are already seated and ready for the ceremony to begin.
Back in the foyer of the chapel most of the wedding parting is gathered waiting for their cue to start their trip down the isle.
The bridesmaids gather for a quick pic together.
All looking lovely in their blue floral dresses. 
Laura then heads to check in on Luke and Phoenix one last time.
While Amari and Kenzi go sit and wait with the groomsmen.
*Hayden* "What time is it?"
Aric looks down at his watch to check the time.
 *Aric* "It's ten till five....They should be here real soon."
*Amari* "I hope so...It's a bit of a drive out here from the city."
Meanwhile Laura is checking in on her boys...
Phoenix jumps up and down on Luke's lap when
 he sees Mommy. 
*Phoenix* "Mama! Mama!..."  
 *Laura* "Hi Pumpkin!...How's it going over here? Is he getting restless?"
*Luke* "No we're good so far...Your sister here yet?"
 *Laura* "Okay...She should be here soon."
Just then the doors to the chapel open.
*Laura* "I better head back now, see ya'll afterwards..."
Laura heads back to the foyer to sit with the rest of the bridesmaids. When the doors opened it was Justin, Ellie, Erica, and the two children Madison and Mason. The ladies doing a last minute check of the flower girl, and ring bear...While Justin greets Aric. 
*Justin* "Hey, Aric! How's it going?..."
*Aric* "Good, good...You?"
*Justin* "Good...Is my soon to be daughter in law here yet?"
*Aric* "Not yet, they should be here soon..."
*Justin* "Let's hope she gets here soon....Benji's looking quite nervous
 up there all alone with the minister."
They both chuckle, cause Benjamin does look a 
littler paler than usual.
Hmmm, I must say Benjamin does look quite nervous! Constantly pulling on his tuxedo jacket...
Back is the foyer, Ellie and Erica run a last minute check over the children and get them ready for their walk down the isle.
*Erica* "Mason, you are the most dashing lookin' 8 year old boy I eva seen!...
You ready to walk the isle with your sista?"
Mason nods in response to his grandmothers question.
Then the big, old chapel doors creak open again, and a familiar face from the past walks through. James, along with his wife Marilyn, and their two children Joshua and Bree, have everyone turning their heads so surprised to see them.
*Justin* "James! Holy Sh*t! So good to see you brother!"
*James* "Justin, you're looking good..."
Across the foyer Erica watches her sons closely, it's been too many years since she last spoke to her son, James. At the time his children were still small, now they are all grown up.

*Erica* "Brianna, darlin' you have turned into a beautiful young woman...You
finished with high school yet?"
*Bree* "It's my senior year, Grandma Trudeau..."
*Erica* "Darlin' call me Nana! No need to so formal..."
Justin and James give each other a big hug, it's been years
 since they have seen each other.
*Justin* "I'm really glad you and you're family made it out..."
*James* "Marilyn talked me into it but I'm glad we're here it's good to see you...
Despite what has happened..."
While James and Justin catch up, Erica decides to go ahead and greet Marilyn first. Things didn't end well at all between James and her, 
so speaking to him is probably gonna be a bit awkward.
*Erica* "Marilyn! It is so good to see you! You're lookin' absolutely stunning dear! And those children of yours have sprung up like weeds! They're all grown up..."
*Marilyn* "Hello, Erica...where'd the time go right?!...It's good to see you,
you're looking well yourself."
Meanwhile Laura and and Amari are 
curious about who these people are, Aric gives them 
a quick explanation. 
*Aric* "James is Justin's twin brother, they haven't spoken in years so
everyone is surprised to see them."
*Laura* "I had no idea! So he's Benjamin's uncle...Wow, twins really run strong in that family..."
*Aric* "Yeah it does, and mine too. That's how Benji and my mother met."
*Laura* "That's right! So Michelle's chances of having twins, is a high possibility, I guess?!"
*Amari* "The chance is always there, right?"
*Amari* "Wow, I hadn't thought about that... 
Everyone back in the foyer, continues to mingle a bit longer, 
while the music softly plays.
Benjamin stands with the minister wondering when this eternity of waiting for his bride will be over.
*Benjamin* "I think I'm gonna go see what's taking so long..."
*Minister John* "Let me go see, we would want you getting a peek at the bride
before she walks the isle..."
The Minister smiles brightly, and Benjamin smiles back, he's so nervous, and he's not the kind of  man that usually gets nervous...
*Benjamin* "Yeah, your's better if you go see what's going on back there."
Then as soon as Benjamin has agreed, 
Scott walks into the chapel...
Which means! If Scott is here, then the Bride is here! 
Scott spots Justin and waves him down. 
Time to get this wedding started!

Everyone gets ready and the first up to walk down
 the isle is Erica escorted by Colton.
  Next is Justin and his wife Ellie...
They make their way down the isle and both smile brightly 
at the minister and Benjamin. 
Colton has made his way back to the foyer and his twin 
sister Kenzie is ready and waiting for him to 
escort her down the isle.
 As they make their way down the isle up next in the 
wedding party is one of Benjamin's best friends 
Hayden and Michelle's cousin Amari.
 Last in line is the Maid of Honor Laura, escorted 
by the Best Man Aric... 
 Then finally the ring bear and flower girl make 
their way down the isle.
And now the moment we've all been waiting for! 
Michelle our lovely bride is ready to walk the isle, both 
Scott and Krystal are escorting her...

 Benjamin fidgets a little and smiles, when they appear in the doorway. His bride is finally here and that nervousness subsides a little, relieved to see her standing there looking so beautiful.
Michelle smiles back at him and her heart flutters a little, that smile of his will always make her melt. It's true and genuine, a loving smile that lets her know that she's the only one in his heart.
The music starts and the three of them begin their walk down the isle.
 Scott and Krystal walk their daughter down the isle, once they stop at the alter. Minister John begins he projects his voice loudly and clearly so that everyone can hear him in the old, small chapel.
*Minister John* "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today in the sight of God, and the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words which shall unite Benjamin and Michelle in holy matrimony."
We are gathered here today in the sight of God and angels, and the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words which shall unite _____________and________________ in holy matrimony. - See more at:
We are gathered here today in the sight of God and angels, and the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words which shall unite _____________and________________ in holy matrimony. - See more at:
We are gathered here today in the sight of God and angels, and the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words which shall unite _____________and________________ in holy matrimony. - See more at:
We are gathered here today in the sight of God and angels, and the presence of friends and loved ones, to celebrate one of life’s greatest moments, to give recognition to the worth and beauty of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words which shall unite _____________and________________ in holy matrimony. - See more at:

*Minister John continues* "Marriage is a most honorable estate, created and Instituted by God, signifying unto us the mystical union, which also rests between Christ and the Church; so too may this marriage be adorned by true and abiding love. Should there be anyone who has cause why this couple should not be united in marriage, they must speak now or forever hold their peace."
*Minister John* "Who is it that brings this woman to this man?
Who is it that brings this woman to this man?
 *Scott* "Her Mother and I do..."
Scott hands over his daughter to Benjamin. She takes his side and Scott and Krystal sit down so that the wedding can continue. 
*Minister John* "Benjamin and Michelle life is given to each of us as individuals, and yet we must learn to live together. Love is given to us by our family and friends. We learn to love by being loved. Learning to love and living together is one of life’s greatest challenges and 
is the shared goal of a married life."
*Minister John* "But a husband and wife should not confuse love of worldly measures for even if worldly success is found, only love will maintain a marriage. Mankind did not create love; love is created by God. The measure of true love is a love both freely given and freely accepted, just as God’s love of us is unconditional and free."

*Minister John* "Today truly is a glorious day the Lord hath made – as today both of you are blessed with God’s greatest of all gifts – the gift of abiding love and devotion between a man and a woman. All present here today – and those here in heart – wish both of you all the joy, happiness and success and the world has to offer."

*Minister John* "As you travel through life together, I caution you to remember that the true measure of success, the true avenue to joy and peace, is to be found within the love you hold in your hearts. I would ask that you hold the key to your heart very tightly."

*Minister John* "Within the Bible, nothing is of more importance than love. We are told the crystalline and beautiful truth: “God is Love”. We are assured that “Love conquers all”. It is love, which brings you here today, the union of two hearts and two spirits. As your lives continue to interweave as one pattern, remember that it was love that brought you here today, it is love that will make this a glorious union, and it is love which will cause this union to endure."
 Now we move on to the Vows...
 *Minister John* "Benjamin, do you take Michelle to be your wife? Do you promise 
to love, honor, cherish and protect her, forsaking all others and 
holding only to her forevermore?"
*Benjamin* "I do..."
Minister John then turns to Michelle to ask 
her the same question. 
*Minister John* "Michelle do you take Benjamin to be your Husband? 
Do you promise to love, honor, cherish and protect him, 
forsaking all others and holding only to him forevermore?"
*Michelle* "I do..."
  *Minister John* "Now let's move on to the rings and the vows to be repeated..."
Mason, whose been keeping watch over the rings 
brings them to the alter. 
*Minister John* "Thank you, son..."
He then turns back to Michelle and Benjamin. Benjamin takes the ring that is to be placed on Michelle's finger.
*Minister John* "Benjamin, repeat after me..."
*Benjamin repeats* "I, Benjamin Eric Trudeau take thee Michelle Ava Lavigne, to be my wife. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you forevermore, and with this ring I thee wed..."
 Minister John then turns to Michelle, she takes the ring 
to be placed on Benjamin's finger.
 *Minister John* "Michelle, repeat after me..."
  *Michelle* "I, Michelle Ava Lavigne take thee Benjamin Eric Trudeau to be my Husband. To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, and I promise my love to you forevermore,
and with this ring I thee wed." 

 Minister John takes a moment to give a small speech to them...
*Minister John* "Benjamin and Michelle as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you this day affirm your faith and love for one another..."

"I would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals, that you respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another. "
*Minister John continues* "Be able to forgive, do not hold grudges, and live each day that you may share it together..."
– as from this day forward you shall be each others' home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect."
Lighting of the Unity Candle.
 Michelle escorted by Benjamin walks over to the table 
with the candles, as Minister John continues to talk.

*Minister John* "Benjamin and Michelle the two lighted candies symbolize your separate lives, 
your separate families and your separate sets of friends.
 I ask that you each take one candle and that together you light the center candle."

*Minister John continues* "The individual candies represent your individual lives before today. Lighting the center candle represents that your two lives are now joined to one light, and represents the joining together of your two families and sets of friends to one.”
As they come back to stand at the alter Minister John 
gives his final words.
*Minister John* "Benjamin and Michelle in so much as the two of you have
 agreed to live together in Matrimony..."

 have promised your love for each other by these vows, the giving of these rings and the joining of your hands, I now declare you to be husband and wife...." 
Erica begins to get excited she knows what is next!

"Minister John* "May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his
 face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you..."

  "May the Lord lift up his 
countenance unto you, and give you peace."

*Minister John* " may kiss your bride!"

Benjamin takes his time, no letting this moment fly by he wants her to remember it for the rest of their lives, first he removes his hat.

 Passing it off to Aric, who reaches
 out to grab the hat.
 Everyone is watching eagerly, waiting for the big, 
final moment.
Erica claps softly while Justin beams with a smile...
Scott and Krystal watch loving as their youngest daughter 
is now married. Tears of joy fill their eyes....
 Everyone waits in anticipation, on the edge of their seats!
So let's seal it with a kiss...

 Benjamin pulls her in close and and Michelle eyes, widen a bit...she knows what is going to happen next but with Benjamin, 
he's always full of surprises...
 Benjamin takes her and dips he back, slowly...

 And Michelle's Breath catches for a second...

 Then Benjamin leans in and kisses her.

Then he brings her back upright to face the friends and family who have just witnessed their union..
 *Minister John* " Ladies and Gentlemen...."

"I present to you Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Eric Trudeau!"
  Aric places the hat back on Benjamin's head.
*Aric* "There we go, now it's officail...Congrats, Benji!"
I want to thank you all for coming and being so patient in waiting for this wedding to finally come to pass!

Happy Valentine's Day!

And Thanks for stopping by


  1. Well done on the setting, the church looks great. The wedding was perfect - congrats to the happy couple.

    1. Thank you, thank you so very much! I am a huge fan of your stories and dioramas!!!

  2. Beautiful! Absolutely worth the wait. Congrats Michelle and Benjamin!

    1. Hi Mary!
      Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Absolutely breathtaking! The shots were just amazing and everyone looked amazing! Miranda you totally outdid yourself with this wedding and it was well worth the waite!

    1. Hi Will!
      Thank you! I think this was the most photos I shot for a single episode, lol! I wanted this one to be picture intense...glad you enjoyed it!

  4. You've done incredible job with the church and the whole setting! I love the brides maids' dresses! I have been looking for to find ONE, but you have THREE! :D

    1. Hi Susanna!
      Thank you so glad you enjoyed the wedding. Those dresses were a bit hard to find but I lucked out, after searching several stores...

  5. Michelle's gown is beautiful. Great wedding and scene. Benjamin's dramatic kiss was cool.

    1. Hi Janainah!
      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it all... Michelle's gown is from a Fashion Royalty doll and you know Benjamin he loves to takes Michelle by surprise!

  6. OMG, the wedding was awesome! It literally took my breath away. The church is amazing! Obviously, a lot of work went into putting this whole thing together. Congratulation to Benjamin and Michelle. The residents of Hanaly Corners wish them a long and happy married life to be blessed with children and to be surrounded by their loved ones!

    1. Hi Phyllis!
      Thank you! I definitely think these two will live a happy married life, they are just so perfect together! So glad you enjoyed all the of it!

  7. What an absolutely gorgeous wedding. I was looking all day to make sure that I was i attendance. The bride was exquisite and the groom totally handsome, with his hat on. The bride's dress was stunning! This has to be one of the best , well coordinated doll weddings that I have attended. Kudos to Onesixthavene for a job well done.

    1. Well I'm so glad you could make it! And so glad you enjoyed it! I had so much stress over getting this wedding done lol! I think that I won't be doing anymore for a long while lol!

  8. WOW. Wonderful shots, I love what you did with the windows, the walls and the PEWS! Please do a tutorial on the pews if you made them. This is just priceless. Wonderful , and awesome.

    1. Hi Lisa!
      Thank you! I really wanted this episode to have a lot of pictures, hopefully it gave you the feeling of really being there in the moment. The pews were really simple. I can do a breakdown pic of them maybe? They're just foamcore 1/2 inch one with contact paper and hot glue :) so glad you enjoyed it!

  9. Congrats Ben and Michelle on your marriage! And a huge standing applause to you Miranda for pulling this together! Everything looks amazing, the church, Michelle's gown, the storyline… *clap*clap*clap*!

    1. Awww Thank you Haana!
      I'm so relived to be done and over with the wedding! It wS almost like planning a real one! Ahahaha! So glad you enjoyed it! :)

  10. I love the wedding it was so beautiful.
    Will we be seeing twin in their future.
    You did a beautiful job.

    1. Hi Angelia!
      I'm so glad you enjoyed the wedding!!! And Twins is a possibility, I guess! Only time will tell! :)

  11. The wedding was awesome I been waiting all week .... The rings where beautiful did you make them? And what bodies did you used on your dolls so rings will go on their fingers?

    1. Hi Alex!
      So glad you enjoyed it all! The rings are just small jewelry jump rings. As for getting them on their fingers I carefully cut between the fingers to slide the rings on :)

  12. So thrilled to witness this wonderful wedding! Congrats to the beautiful newly weds and to you, Miranda for such awesome awesome talent at putting this gorgeous wedding diorama! Hugs!

    1. Hi Shasha!
      I'm so glad you enjoyed the wedding! And I'm so glad to be done with it! Lol! That was probably the biggest diorama I have made so far!

  13. I can't get over how beautiful the church is! did such an amazing job...the stain glass windows alone are an amazing feature.

    I'm so happy for Benji and Michelle...they're a perfect couple! I'm looking forward to future stories about them. :-))

    1. Hi Tracy!
      I'm so glad it's all over! And these two are finally hitched in the end I think it worked out well them being married on Valentine's Day. Those windows were a lot of work for sure but well worth it! :)

  14. OMG I feel so underdressed! This was a fine wedding with beautiful words. The church is beautiful. Did you make it from scratch? What doll is Erika? She is not Mattel is she?


    1. Thank you thank you! I'm so glad they are married now! :)
      Erica is the Erica Kane barbie from All My Children. I hope to one day get the Marlena Barbie too! :) yes they are Mattel

  15. Gorgeous wedding! I'm so happy for Benji and Michelle; they have come a long way. I'm glad Penelope didn't pop in to ruin things lol!

    1. Thank you! I'm very happy they are finally married...and as for Penelope, I think it's pretty clear that things are over between her and Benjamin and also her friendship with Laura and Miichelle

  16. What a lovely wedding... that wedding dress was beautiful.. everyone & everything look so good. Great job on the church set up. That dip-kiss WOW...... Congratulations Michelle & Benji! :)

  17. Miranda the ceremony was beautiful! Minister John did a beautiful job officiating. Michelle was absolutely stunning, did she wear those fabulous boots? I love love love the country church, the cross, stained glass windows, big wooden doors, the pews, wooden walls....all amazing!