I started out taking a few pictures. Here we are outside the temple, Dustan's family is lining up for pictures:
Getting everything just right:
Whitney and Dustan are totally absorbed in each other (as it should be):
And then I realized, there is a photographer here, whose whole job is to take pictures of this event. What makes me think I could ever get a better picture than she will? So I gave up. Wholeheartedly. I chose to be in the moment instead of behind a camera. I do that often. This time, it didn't matter, because someone else was taking the pictures. If you're my friend on Facebook, then you've seen some of them. They look stunning.
I don't think I could possibly recount the entire day to you, but here are some of the highlights:
- They were sealed in the Oquirrh Mountain Temple, and it was beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. The building, the sealer, the spirit. Beautiful.
- After the sealing, we were all waiting in the waiting room for the couple to come out. After a little while, a temple worker came to get Kim and me, so we could help my mom help Whitney into her dress. At the time, it felt like we were rushing to get her ready and out the door, but as I look back, it's one of my favorite memories of the day. In the brides room of the temple, helping my little sister put her wedding dress on. All three of us, along with our mother. It was a beautiful moment.
- It was a hot day. A hot, hot day.
- Julia and Ella looked so adorable in their yellow dresses.
- Jessica deserves a boatload of credit for bringing our girls to the temple, and generally helping out. She was (and is) amazing.
- The reception was beautiful. Beautiful, beautiful. That's the word of the day: beautiful.
- It was so convenient that Whitney planned an event that allowed me to see all my family and friends while I was in town. Thanks, Whit! I wasn't sure I'd ever see some of those Yale Ward friends again. It was delightful catching up and seeing so many familiar faces. Made me grateful for the people I grew up with.
- Whitney got to throw the bouquet from a balcony. How romantic is that? And my cousin Susannah caught it. She caught the bouquet at my wedding, too. Apparently she's good at catching bouquets.
- At some point, Julia told me, "This is boring." Thankfully Aunt Michelle saved the day by taking the kids outside. They played with my cousin's kids (their 2nd cousins), and had a great time.
- When the happy couple left, we all rang bells and blew whistles. I thought it was a very clever way to be sent off. It was another one of those perfect moments that seemed like a dream.
- The one fiasco of the day? My skirt ripped. Kim's did, too. It's amazing what duct tape can do! All things considered, that's a pretty minor mishap. I was glad to take one for the team and let Whitney have the day of perfection.