|Amjad hangs pouffy pom poms standing on a rickety rocking chair, as our host claimed they had no step ladders for our use. Thank goodness he didn't break a leg, or worse!|
|Friend and Muse Julie (aka Pouring Paint Woman) arrives, sporting a hat fit for a Royal Wedding!|
For, had we started the ceremony right on time, the bride, groom and all the guests would have got drenched! Instead, the guests, who had been milling around near the pavilion, simply headed there for cover, and the bride never knew what happened! By the time she was ready, the rain had stopped, her father and all our errand runners had arrived, and our good friends had grabbed towels and dried off all the chairs.
|Check out that gorgeous bouquet!|
Poor Lexi, who is expecting (in case you didn't notice), had very swollen feet before it was over with, but at least she didn't go into labor in the middle of it all! She did, however, burst into tears as soon as she saw her little brother's lip quiver, and the floodgates stayed open throughout the rest of the ceremony. She blames it on pregnancy hormones, but we all know how much she adores her little bro!
The rain held off until the very last moment, creating an epic photo-op when the Maid-of-Honor and Best Man, by mere chance, simultaneously swooshed open two clear umbrellas, to protect the bride and groom, as captured in this wonderful wedding-gift-sketch made by their friend Holly.
So, yeah, there were a few mishaps. However, there's no denying that it all came together beautifully in the end!
P.S. I'm sad/happy to say that I stopped taking pictures once the guests began arriving, and wouldn't even have these few had I not stolen them from Areej's cousin, who posted them on Facebook. Hopefully the photographer's photos will come in before too long, and I can post some from the reception.