Once back in the bridal suite, I snuck a peek out the window at the guests drifting out to their seats.
Sister GP did one more quick warm up and tuning on her ukulele,
as I passed out bouquets to all the ladies in the wedding party. This included our moms, and Mr. Guinea Pig’s twin sisters. For our moms, we gave them a small bouquet of the same flowers they carried on each of their wedding days, both of which were 35 years earlier – white roses for Mr. GP’s mom, and gardenias for my mom!
My mom, sister and I had a quick moment of tears as we realized things were actually getting started. In this photo Mom GP is telling sister GP to grab that whole box of tissues on the counter, quick!
Once everyone had inspected their lovely flowers, we were ready to get this party started. I really liked the way the bouquets turned out – especially that my sister (MOH) had blue flowers with her yellow dress, while the BMs had yellow flowers with blue dresses. And I got to have both blue and yellow!
Meanwhile, our guests were taking advantage of several baskets of stuff we’d laid out at the entrance to the ceremony lawn, and settling in to their seats.
In the upper left photo, you can see the basket of programs, and my friend R sorting through the basket of sunglasses. There were also spray bottles of sunscreen, and a basket of ponchos – we were prepared for everything, ha! In the upper right, friend B is taking advantage of the John Lennon-like sunglasses we’d thrown into the mix; in the bottom row, my aunt and uncle take a look through the program, and our friends J & K (J later catches my veil as it flies down the aisle) document the moment.
After I made a comment that seats were filling up, BM D wanted to see too, but since she was ’too short’ (she was my shortest bridesmaid, at 5’8″! All my friends are tall, apparently) BM N lifted her up so she could see out the window! This photo cracks me up every time I see it.
Finally, everyone was ushered out to line up, and this last photo of Mr. GP was snapped right before the ceremony got started. I love how he looks a little nervous yet is still smiling.
Let’s do this!
Next up: A veil takes flight
*** All photos in this post copyright Amy Deputy Photography ***
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