I have a bunch of pictures from the wedding.
The set up, the bachelor party, the temple, the luncheon, the reception...
they are all on my laptop,
my sad poor broken laptop.
It's been "broken-ish" for nearly a year now.
Ellie likes to stand on it every time I turn my back.
And that "H" key has been gone for almost three years.
But as long as I minimized the windows just right, I could still see enough on the screen to use it.
We babysat our friend's kids on Saturday, though, and their daughter slipped off the couch and fell across my laptop.
Now it's Dead dead.
And so, for now all I can give you are the few pictures from the wedding that are still on my camera's memory card.
Waiting outside the temple for Josh and Alicia (Ellie calls them "Dosh" and "Yosh.")
We had a bit of a crazy hour or so before the wedding. Josh realized he'd forgotten the marriage license. It was still at his new apartment...which is forty minutes south of my house. The temple is another thirty minutes north of my house.
Kent and a few others were sent to retrieve it.
The following events involved a "break in" and some big confusion/lack of communication. Someday it will be hilarious. Amazingly, the wedding was only about 20 minutes behind schedule and Kent made it to the temple with the rest of us only moments before it started. Whew.
We believe that marriage in the temple is done with the authority to seal a couple together for all eternity. Death cannot separate a couple (or the children born to them) that has been sealed in the temple. This sealing also includes great blessings and promises for their eternal joy and progress.
Temple marriage is a goal that we as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints strive for all our lives. Entrance to the temples requires great personal worthiness and a commitment to keep the commandments and follow God's laws.
I can't even say how proud I am of my little brother. To be there in the temple and see him sealed to Alicia was one of the most profound and special moments of my life.
This is the only picture I got of them after the ceremony. I was chasing my babies around, and my super cute shoes were killing my feet.
We decorated the luncheon with vases filled with rock salt, bare branches that I gathered from a couple of dead trees down the road from my house, and about two hundred white tissue paper pom poms.
I wish I had gotten a better picture of the whole room. It really turned out very pretty for something that cost less than $45.
We would not have been able to pull this off without all the help we had from my aunts, uncles, and cousins. Thank you thank you everyone!
My mom made peanut butter rice krispy hearts as the favors.
We served pulled pork sandwiches, potato and macaroni salads, vegetables, chips, and brownies with peanut butter on them.
Alicia really likes peanut butter.
Josh really likes Alicia.
We do too.
The luncheon included a video slide show of pictures of the two of them growing up and then being together. Kent made the video and I'm going to brag on him a bit because he did an incredible job. He spent over 20 hours working on it--Kent never does a job halfway.
I love him.
As Ellie watched the slideshow during the luncheon, she was naming each picture. "Dosh." "Yosh." "Dosh." "Yosh."
When the final part of the video started, where the pictures are of Josh and Alicia together, Ellie held up her left hand, and said "Dosh."
Then her right hand. "Yosh."
Then she pulled both hands together in the center and said "Dosh Yosh!"
This is after the reception later that night. On their way to a honeymoon in San Diego. They secretly stopped at our house after leaving the church and they tore off a bunch of those car decorations.
When we got home our driveway was full of confetti and our garbage can was full of balloons.
My good friend did my hair for me for the wedding. I loved it so much, I had to get a picture when we got home, changed into our pajamas, and went straight to bed-exhausted and very very happy.