Continuing with photos from Shawni’s camera uploaded in a mere six hours, sent from China after she returned….
Charity, the master of organization, packed everything possible into the festivities of the Wedding Day! MFME (Mothers and Future Mothers of Eyrealm….sisters and sister’s in law along with the Big Mama) who have been a tight knit group now for many years, met at Ruth’s Diner up in Emigration Canyon for breakfast. It was a spectacular ride through the glorious fall foliage and we loved that last hour together with Charity before she became a married woman!
Right up until midnight the night before she left Boston, Saydi somehow managed to collect the whole group’s favorite quotes and favorite recipes as well as some advice from each of us and memorialized in a stunning book which we read together and presented to Charity. Some of it was pretty funny! It’s a treasure!
Thanks for making that morning so memorable Saydi. You are amazing!
On to a cute hairdresser at the condo and help with makeup from Saydi in preparation for the big day:
And Charity and I (we had to be there early) were out the door to the Temple!
Ian picked Charity up exactly on time and I followed the ecstatic couple to the temple, though they didn’t know I was there until the end:
No pictures are allowed in the sacred ceremony in the Temple but they were privileged to be sealed for Time and All Eternity by Elder Tom Perry, one of the Twelve apostles of our church and a long-time friend and almost substitute Grandfather for our kids. The strong spirit of love with a room filled with only immediate family members and dear friends was incredible! The advice from Elder Perry was incredible and the magnificent words of the marriage sealing were deeply moving!
We were so grateful for two wonderful friends who came to watch over the 28 kids, 14 and under in a special room in the temple while their parents were participating in the ceremony! The older kids were helpful and everybody survived!
The long wait for the bride to appear from the traditional doors was worth it. The kids were ready to explode by the time the happy couple appeared to the delight of the crowd:
See that veil back there? The joyful couple were simply buried with hugs from all those little people!
The entourage walked slowly about 30 feet to the steps of the temple where we started taking pictures….a LOT of them! One little girl named Poem was very helpful in getting Charity safely delivered to the steps!
The kids just adore their favorite Aunt Chi Chi and have completely embraced their new Uncle Ian!
Lyla, on front row adoring Charity and Peter, sitting next to her, wondering when this was going to be over!
Charity sneaked a kiss on the cheek to her second favorite man in the world….one happy guy amongst the chaos.
Of course, we were overjoyed to have almost everyone in the family there including all nine of our kids!
We love those crazy people, beautiful people!
Extraordinary friends made the day especially bright. The four below have been together through thick and thin, from Jerusalem to India to the ends of the earth and back.
Here’s a candid of all those wonderful friends who have an amazing history with Charity. Each one has a unique story of how they have made Charity’s life so full and rich!
After every possible combination of family and friends photos, the official photographer took off with the happy couple and it will be a while before we see those pictures! In the meantime, I’m sure Shawni, Saydi, Saren, Kristi, Julie, Aja, Eli, anybody who had a camera or a phone that day will be posting on blogs and Instagram to fill in so much that I’ve missed!
Thanks for these pics Shawni! I stuck in a couple of mine but I got so few that I’d have basically nothing without yours! Even though you may not think the quality is perfect, having transferred from China they look great to me!
On the the exquisite Wedding Dinner next….stay tuned!