A number of the young women in the house were able to get the reception center pieces finished by late morning, while others of us attended to other details. Cassandra did some more serious work on the wedding cake, but even this was handled in a fairly short amount of time.
This left time for card playing and lots of laughter. It also left time after some naps in the early afternoon while Cassandra frosted Tessa's cake. A whole gaggle of us wedding participants helped her don her wedding gown and take her to a couple of sights in town for photos.
Since Aaron is banned from seeing the gown until Saturday, Joe took him to a coffee place in LeMars and then the two of them went bowling.
I can only show you a couple of the photos so that we too preserve the "Wow" factor for the groom on Saturday. But here are some of Anna's famous silver-sequined Keds which she promises to wear to the reception.
As we criss-crossed streets in the downtown area, it took sisters, and friends, and cousins, and last-but-not-least, her-almost sister-in-law, Amber, to hold down the many layers in the wind. What an entourage Tessa had with her and in this photo they were all there trying to protect the bride's delicate gown. It was her gown-guards who were the stars of the show!
Not much more I can show you, but I was able to get a photo of Tessa's engagement ring resting on jewels.
The Lord has truly granted us the peace that passes all understanding, We've been fill with joy and laughter, and most importantly, this was a remarkably stress -free day. What a gift! A great gift from our Father in heaven.