Well the wedding is over and we've had a day to re-cooperate. I am go glad that John Chenault asked Maddie and Izzie to be flowergirls. Him and Carolyn had their share of flowergirls, so they didn't need Maddie and Izzie, but I am very thankful that they were included. I think every little girl should be a flowergirl before they get too old. And of course, Maddie and Izzie were super precious ones!
About a week before the wedding I started talking about flowergirls and I showed them lots of videos of flowergirls on YouTube. Then we talked about what their job was going to be and we described it in painful detail. My girls really like to know exactly what they are getting into. We even reassured them there would be a practice wedding, which they thought was pretty funny. The day of the rehearsal was a very long one. They were excited to go to the practice wedding and it wasn't until 7pm, which is normally their bedtime. We finally made it to the rehearsal and we went through everything with them and the entire wedding party. They were perfect. They did exactly what everyone told them to do. John and I were blown away. We could hardly believe it, and it made us feel a lot more confident of the actual wedding. Mom and Chris met us at the church at the very end of the rehearsal and they took the girls home to put them to bed so John and I could go on to the dinner. They were welcome at the dinner, but we wanted to get them home and to bed as close as their normal time as possible considering they are very used to routines and the wedding was during their normal naptime. So we didn't want to push our luck.
Mom and Chris said they were so excited that they had to tell them every single detail on the way home. Saturday morning went by in a blur, we had to get to the church fairly early to get ready. Somehow the time went by in a poof and I found I had about 30 minutes to curl both girls hair, get them dressed and ready for photos. I started barking orders left and right, but finally took a deep breath and calmed down. I didn't want to get them worked up! They were so excited and happy to be in their "wedding dresses" that they kept twirling and twirling and twirling. It is a good think I used about 20 bobby pins and a gallon of hairspray because they could not sit still. The downfall to all that twirling was about 30 minutes before "go time" Maddie almost lost it. She was TIRED. And I think she was worried she'd mess up.
So I gave her a big hug and kiss and let her rest on my shoulder for a bit. I told her that she practiced and that she couldn't mess up. Sissy was right with her too. I had to leave them with the rest of the bridesmaids and head out to the church where Mom and Chris met me. I still hadn't seen John since arriving at the church, since he was with the other groomsmen. And then the ceremony started. And the flowergirls did their thing. Maddie and Izzie were precious. They mostly forgot to spread out their flowers, but they made it down the aisle. There was a small hiccup at the very end of the ceremony where Maddie got a bit upset and had to come and sit by me (and Izzie followed her), but she recovered and they both walked back down the aisle at the end of the ceremony. Carolyn looked stunning in her dress and John looked extremely proud to be standing next to his new wife. They are such a cute couple!
The reception was a lot of fun, especially for the girls who had got a second wind and were having fun dancing, twirling and even playing chase with the ring bearer. All in all, it was a very successful wedding, at least from the point of view of the Mother of the Flowergirls (I bet that part isn't listed in the program, but it is a stressful part!) And now, the girls can check Flowergirl off their lives to-do list. Whew.