Although Rand and I “hosted” the wedding ourselves, we had a tremendous amount of help from our families. It would take me hours to list everything that everyone did to help us, so I’m going to try to sum it up as best I can!
My Aunt Di, who is my mom’s sister and my godmother, helped us out in all kinds of ways. She bought our toasting glasses as a Christmas gift last year. She went to Sam’s Club to buy up a bunch of Polaroid film for our guestbook, and wouldn’t take any money for it. She bought wine for the rehearsal dinner. And, as I mentioned in my last post, she did a reading during the ceremony.
My grandfather (my mom’s father) *very* generously paid for the bulk of my wedding gown. Whatever slack was left over, plus alterations, was picked up by my parents. This was his gift to us, and I am so grateful!
My cousin Niki from Syracuse did my hair, as well as my cousin Brandy’s and both our moms’. Since Niki lives in Syracuse, I didn’t have a chance to do a trial. I also gave her very little direction. I said, “I don’t care, just make it look cute.” I think she did a fantastic job!
Rand’s brother Dan (left), of course, performed the ceremony. His son John (left, blond hair) was an attendant, and James (right) was our ringbearer. David’s son Evan (middle) was also an attendant. As I mentioned previously, David also did one of our readings.
Rand’s sisters-in-law, Betsy and Deanna, did a great job of getting the kids all spiffed up for the wedding!
Chris(left) and Scott–also Dan’s sons–were our ushers. Scott escorted my mom before the ceremony:
My cousin Brandy was my bridesmaid:
I know *someone* took a photo of Brandy and me together, but I haven’t located it just yet. She’s pictured above with my aunt (her mom), Denise. Denise, whom all the cousins refer to affectionately as “Aunt Sis,” bought the beer for the rehearsal dinner and took care of getting Brandy’s dress made (which I think is adorable!).
My brother and sister-in-law, Justin and Leslie, took charge of the guestbook for us, making sure people understood what to do!
Rand’s parents gave us a very generous gift that helped offset some of our costs, and they gave us a week in one of their timeshares to use for our honeymoon! Rand’s mom also provided *lots* of goodies for an informal post-wedding brunch on Sunday.
My parents bought the food for the rehearsal dinner, and helped us out with SO many things along the way! My mom made the little “lampshades” for our centerpieces, for example, and bought most of the materials. They picked up goodies to put in our out-of-town bags as well.
My Aunt Debbie and Uncle Steve stayed at the hotel during the rehearsal to fill the out-of-town bags, and took care of ordering the food and making sure everything was set to go!
I hope I haven’t forgotten anyone…and I hope I’ve adequately expressed to everyone involved how much we appreciate their help and support.
We couldn’t have done it without you, any of you, and we love you very much! 🙂