Kristin, Jonathan and Kandyce, Erin and Luke all joined me at various points in the morning and I got home in the afternoon by the time I wanted to.
Back to the church at 4:00 to give instructions to my incredible dinner helpers, Natalia, Paula, and Cindy. Thank you, you three, for your seamless, grace-filled help. After that, it was upstairs to the rehearsal, already in progress.
Then it was time for dinner. Lights were twinkling, food was set out on the buffet table, people found their seats and the festivities began.
Here I am very sorry that I have no good photos. Aaaaaargh! Many of us, in our post-wedding conversations, shared that the rehearsal dinner was one of our favorite times of the whole weekend. The food really turned out just as I had hoped, everything went smoothly and the comments to Thomas and Kay, shared by family and friends - stories, words of wisdom and the like - were so heartwarming, funny, and special!
So, here's the lesson I learned. I should have given my camera to someone else and told them to take LOTS of pictures. Because, clearly, I was too busy to do it. I'm just hoping some other family members and friends did a better job than I did in the photo department.
In case you're wondering, I have posted the dinner menu with my tweaks and links over at Good Food.