One of these years, I'll remember to get better at holding the remote so folks can't see it. That's my trick to a good holiday photo; set up the camera, then use a remote shutter trip to take lots and lots of photos.
The wedding is fast approaching, and I am just ready for it to be here. We are almost ready. Mostly, we're putting finishing touches on things and doing photocopying and whatnot. I'm leaving town on Friday to celebrate Christmas with my family, so Matt will hold down the fort and get some of these tasks done. Lucky him; he gets to take in the cake contract with the final payment.
I vacillate between being stressed (so much left to do!) and feeling strangely zen. I am excited and ready to reinforce our commitment in a public way. The key elements are all in place. Everything we're working on now is just fluff and extra. It will make things pretty, but it's not necessary. For example, we already have 29 tin can luminaries made. I am hoping to make another dozen or so more, just so we have more than enough. But if it doesn't get done? We'll still be married at the end of the day.
I am looking forward to my time at home, where I have a limited number of wedding things I can get done. I'll finish the music playlist for the reception and get the meal cards designed. Otherwise, I will enjoy time with my family and Oregon friends. And then I'll be back in Minnesota quickly (only one week at home!) to prepare and ready everything to celebrate with everyone here.
I am most looking forward to showing our family where we live. They will finally get to meet Lucy cat and see our apartment. And I have several people coming to the wedding that I haven't seen in ages. Good family friends from Nebraska surprised me by saying they'd drive up; it's been over a decade!
What a joy, to have this community celebration. I am glad that weddings are such a communal thing. Not that elopements aren't lovely, because I think they are, but our emphasis has firmly been to be surrounded by love on our day. Our service wording and liturgy reflects that emphasis. I can't wait to share all the details with all of you, post-wedding.