We have arrived. I don't know whether to cry or sleep. I'm thinking both. Granted we still have the big day to get through, but I already feel triumphant. By the sweet grace of God we have made it through the last ten days. The dress is bought and ready to be bustled, the venue is perfect, the restaurant reserved, the tuxes rented, flowers arranged and the cake baked by a sweet Peruvian woman.
It is time to get jiggy with it.
Day 10 was a culmination of everything you need to have done but still have yet to do. My aunt Patricia flew out from California and ran errands with my mom. Claire also ran last minute errands and I drove around trying to find earrings and a wedding gift. By 3:00 Claire and I were squeezed into a dressing room wrestling with her dress for its final fitting. And let me tell you something: she looks breathtaking. I can't wait for you to see her.
I must also take this time to tell you about Rosie and Mandy. Rosie is reading Scripture in the wedding and is a close friend of Claire's. She spent the entire day housesitting our apartment. She unloaded our dishwasher, hung up Claire's clean clothes, answered the door for deliveries and just made our place so calm and peaceful. She was a true gift and I highly recommend a house sitter the day before any wedding.
Mandy is a new friend of mine and she printed off all of the programs, cut them to size and folded them. She is delivering them to my parents house all ready to go. This was so extremely helpful. She's definitely a keeper.
It takes a village, people. A village.
The rehearsal was fabulous. It went smoothy and everyone hopefully knows their parts. Even Noah has become an expert at carrying a teeny tiny pillow.
Afterward, we had dinner at Elway's. And let me just tell you that their steak will change your life. I KID YOU NOT. I could have cut it with a spoon.
Carr's parents are fabulous and came ready to celebrate. They have set the bar high for in-laws. Claire always has been perfect so it is fitting that she has wonderful in-laws. Punk.
Here are a few pics for you:
So here we are.
Today, after the hair appointment and the make-up artist, the photographer and the guests, Claire and Carr will officially be married. And to think that six months ago they had just gone on their first date.
It's amazing what God can do in six months. And it is even more amazing at what He can do in 10 days.