Amber's wedding was in Vicksburg, about an hour from where we live. Saturday, before the wedding, we had to be at the venue about three hours before the wedding for pictures. As I tell people often about many things we attend with this live wire, this wasn't my first rodeo. I knew I needed to take lots of snacks, and lots of busy work for her. She did really well and I was so proud of her. Now, she acted like a 6-year-old, but she was better than I expected her to be during that period of time.
Here are a few pictures of her during our down time.
I loved her dress. Amber had us order it from an Etsy vendor. It was precious and I'm counting on it being an heirloom to pass onto her child someday.
She was in complete awe of Amber all day. Amber was absolutely beautiful, so I can understand her feelings. After most of the pics were done, Amber sat down for a minute. SM went to sit next to her and I wanted a picture of them together. As soon as SM sat down next to Amber, she leaned over and kissed her on the shoulder. It was one of the sweetest things I've ever seen her do. I was so glad I had my camera ready. It was one of my favorites pictures of the day.
I did everything I could think of to keep her entertained. But at some point, you just have to let a girl like her be herself. So, I let her run and twirl a bit. It was one of her favorite parts of the day.
At the end of the ceremony, the wedding party walked upstairs until the guests exited. They were going to take a few photos after the ceremony. I looked back and saw the little kids looking over the upstairs balcony. It was another sweet picture from the day.
Reagan had to work the day of the wedding, so he arrived just a few minutes before the ceremony started. SM had already gone to the area where the wedding party was waiting for the ceremony to begin. After the wedding, she saw him for the first time that day. She was so happy to finally see him.
After the ceremony and pictures, the real party began. If there is one thing this girl loves, it's a wedding reception. The music started and she didn't care if it was the bride and father dance, she grabbed the nearest kid her age and led him by the hand to the dance floor.
She danced, she ate a little cake, she ran and twirled. Then she remembered we were staying the night at a hotel, and that the hotel pool was still open. So, we said good-bye to everyone and went swimming until the pool closed at 10:00. We had a great weekend and we were so happy to be part of such a special time in Amber's life.