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Technically, I don’t have any photos of the youngest members of our wedding party actually getting ready. Flowerbaby Dakota was dressed by her Daddy and met up with us at Jakob’s dad’s condo, which was at Marys Lake Lodge. Ringbearer Michael was back at our condo – he refused to let anyone other than his mother get him ready, and she’d been elsewhere earlier.
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Michael spent a large part of his morning avoiding Maureen, our photographer.

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In case you were wondering… yes, I always look at my goddaughter in such an adoring way. Perhaps because she’s not old enough to sass me.
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Dakota with her doting Daddy grabbing a quick snack before her long trek down the aisle.

 

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A little pep talk with Michael (behind door) and Dakota before they head down the aisle…
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And he’s off… wait, that’s not the aisle!
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She’s a little closer, but still doing her own thing. (And I love that it looks like she’s thinking, “Man, that grilled cheese sandwich sure hit the spot!”)

 

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this moment, it is this: If you want to have children in your wedding, you have to accept that their plans may not be the same as yours.
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In this photo, our DOC, Laurie Bien has asked me to make a decision – either let them go and do whatever they’re going to do, or scrap the idea of having a ringbearer & flowergirl. I chose the first option, told each of them, “Go find mommy” and let them make their own path to the front of the room. It is a decision I have never regretted one iota. I’ll never forget that our flower girl made her way through the crowd or that our ring bearer got stagefright despite having one wedding (MOH Athena’s) under his belt.

Getting Ready: The Ladies
Getting Ready: The Guys

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You may be wondering what the boys have to do to get ready for the wedding.  I mean, how difficult can it be to throw on a tux & run a brush through your hair?  Well, in our case, there was a little more involved.  First, the groom had to teach MOH Athena how to iron.  See, she led a sheltered life as the youngest of three kids & the only girl.  So Jakob showed her the intricacies of ironing.  

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So this was the plan: the morning of the wedding, all of the bridesmaids would get ready at the condo with me.  Since we had a 1pm ceremony start time, everyone was to meet at 10am.  

At 10am, Thomas arrived to do my hair & makeup.  

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A couple of months ago, my MOH and I went dress shopping for bridesmaids dresses. Because of my great experience at Pearls Place when I went shopping for my wedding dress, we went there and let Lisa work her magic. She already knew what my dress looked like, so we just asked her to pick out some dresses that were complimentary. We narrowed our choices down to two. 

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