My laid back sister kept saying that it would all be OK and if anyone arrived early we'd put them to work. And as soon as we got there, she ordered two glasses of Sauvignon Blanc and told me to chill. Which I did, after I made about 15 trips from the car bringing everything in. When the groom's mother and sister arrived, I was literally standing over an air conditioning vent with my glass of wine trying to cool off.
The rest of this post will be photos to show just what a lovely time we had. For once in my life, every person who RSVP'd showed up and no one extra showed up. When you see the photos you'll understand why we hoped that would happen. It really was very nice and intimate and Little Helen was delighted which is all that mattered after all.
There were many more gifts, but I didn't want to inundate you. At the end, there was a special surprise that brought the room to tears. Those who have been reading this blog for a while, remember that 5 years ago we lost my sister-in-law Pam to ovarian cancer after a valiant eight-year battle. These are Mr. Helen's remaining sisters. The one on the left is the executor of Pam's estate. She presented Little Helen with Pam's wedding rings to wear as her something borrowed. This was especially touching when her aunt said, "When Helen married my brother, we were so lucky to get a niece too!" They've always loved and treated her like a blood relative - especially Pam who would visit anytime she was in the city where Little Helen lived. In fact, when my sister's husband died in that horrible accident, Pam was visiting and as soon as she heard, she drove straight to Little Helen's office and picked her up and stayed with her for two days. We are going to tie them with a teal blue ribbon and pin them into her bodice. Teal blue is the color for ovarian cancer, if you didn't know. Plus that can be her something blue.
If I do say so myself, a royally grand time was had by us all! 9 days and counting...