Friday, April 27, 2012

Beautiful Brides: Tamera Alexander

Tamera Alexander is one of the sweetest women I know. But she also possesses a sharp, funny wit. Here's some great pictures from her wedding day. Isn't she gorgeous?

Tammy writes:

Hey friends, 

Let me start off by saying: Arranged marriages still work!

I met my sweet mother-in-law, Claudette Harris Alexander, before I ever met my husband, Joe. 

Here's where that went... 

Claudette was my girl's club sponsor at Harding University, and over my four years there, she was a real encouragement to me. So when it came time to graduate, I asked Claudette and her husband if they'd like to get together for breakfast and meet my parents.

The five of us got together and oh, what a time my mom, June, and Claudette had! To say they "hit it off" is an understatement. As we were finishing breakfast, mom leaned over, patted Claudette's arm and said, "I wish you had a son!" Claudette perked up immediately and said, "I do! I do have a son!" And that was it... 

Claudette called Joe, who was living in Fort Worth at the time, and left my name and number on his machine. Well, Joe says that he "remembered having seen me in church a couple of years earlier." (Bless that man's heart!) And that he'd asked his sister (who I sang in choir with) about me. But I was dating someone else at the time, and Joe and I never ended up meeting… Until God's timing was right! 

I'm so grateful our mothers––who are both with the Lord now, together, waiting for us on the other side––and for the hand they had in helping their son and daughter "find" each other. 

Speed ahead about a year... 

The wedding went off without a hitch. Everything as planned. 

Then as Joe and I were leaving, we were getting into the car when we heard a "rustle" in the back seat. 

Out popped Laura Hall, a dear woman who had been like a surrogate grandmother to me for years. She'd been hiding back there for who knows how long, determined to go on the honeymoon with us. LOL! 

(RH: Now that's funny!)

Laura went Home years ago, but I think of her so often, and remember how we used to go to a little Greek restaurant called Athens (in Atlanta) before heading to the Silver Screen to watch old movies. 

I look forward to seeing her again…someday. Laura, a widow herself for many years, really mentored me for marriage, even before I met my husband. 

Just goes to show how God is always working… Gotta love it!


Anonymous said...

Harding University, huh? My son is a sophomore there. Maybe he'll find a beautiful bride, too.

Rachel Hauck said...

Anon, your son would do well to find a woman like Tammy!


Mocha with Linda said...

Oh, that is too funny! I think she should have waited until y'all were about a block from the church before she popped up, though, Tammy! Fun memories.

Casey said...

Oh Tammy, I LOVE your story! (Seriously Rachel, this series was SUCH a good idea. :-)).

It's so fun to know your moms set you up before we had truly "met". Make the hopeless romantic in me sigh. ;-)

Deborah Raney said...

I couldn't agree with Casey more. This was a GREAT idea for a blog series. Wish I'd thought of it! But glad I got to be part of it!

Loved Robin's and Tammy's wedding stories. So neat that the sense of humor (and dare I say snarkiness??) that I love in each of them today was in play even on their wedding days.

Fun, fun!!

Ruth Axtell said...

What a nice story. Let's hear it for moms, grandmothers & female mentors!

Susan Anne Mason said...

I love hearing about people's weddings! Loved the story and the pictures!


Rachel Hauck said...

Deb, so true! Robin and Tammy's humor comes through. :)

You'd have thought of this idea too if you had written book about a wedding dress! LOL


Jackie S. said...

Am loving these posts, Rachel!
Gonna sign up for your blog!
Tammy, you and Joe make a great couple!! Blessings~~

Crystal Laine said...

I have four sons and can so relate, Tammy! Ha. If I met someone like Tammy, I'd be leaving her phone number/Facebook page on my son's phone....(sons')

I love hearing these stories. So much fun. Sigh.

rose mccauley said...

What a story! Much better than the typical tin cans and spray paint we had on our VW as we sped away. Oh, there was the smoke bomb that thankfully didn't go off, but that they messed up the spark plug wires as they put on, necessitating a service station stop before we could leave on our honeymoon!
I love how your mom amd mom-in-law had such a big part in getting you two together!

Rachel Hauck said...

Jackie, thanks friend! Such a fun thing to read about.

Crystal, LOL! You're a good mom!

Rose, that's funny! No smoke bombs allowed. I love the image of you driving away in a VW!

Love, Rachel

Sue H. said...

Great story, Tammy and I loved the pics...such a familiar location : )Laura Hall...what a fun lady...I have stories, too!

Rachel said...

A lot of our church kids go to Harding (or have recently graduated from there.) I will have to share this story with some of them. :)
Twitter: @Rachel_Lane79

Rachel said...

A lot of our church kids go to Harding (or have recently graduated from there.) I will have to share this story with some of them. :)
Twitter: @Rachel_Lane79

Tamera Alexander said...

Loved reading through all these comments again. I tried to leave a comment the other day but apparently didn't do it right. . .

Thanks for stopping by, gals. And Sue... wasn't that Laura a gem! I tell ya, the longer I live, the more treasures I have in heaven. But that's the way it should be, I guess.

Rose, love your story. And Crystal, you're too sweet. I'll be forever grateful to June and Claudette!

Love and appreciate y'all,

Kristin said...

I'm so enjoying how you can tell when a bride was married by the style of her dress. We haven't gotten into the strapless that is so prevalent nowadays.

All of the brides here are beautiful and it's fun to see!