When Marissa was in 1st grade she had a nanny who would come in the morning, spend time with her and take her to school. We were quite lucky to find her; I had met her through social media networks and she had babysat the kids a few times. When we were left with a gap in morning coverage before school started, we couldn't think of anyone who would be willing to nanny for just 1 1/2 hours five days a week.
Then we discovered that Katie was happy to do it.
Katie became a big part of Marissa's life, and even after the school year was over and she wasn't nannying anymore, we stayed in touch and she often would come and take the girls to the Holidazzle parade, or to Caribou for a treat or other outings. Katie eventually moved to England, fell in love, and came back to get married before moving overseas for good. (At least that's the plan.)
I was honored that she asked Marissa to be a flower girl in her wedding.
One of Marissa's friends from school was also asked to be a flower girl, so Marissa was super excited to have a friend to hang out with during the activities.
What a week it was.
Katie's fiancé's family and friends trickled in over the course of a week. They planned activities all week long so everyone could get to know each other, and of course Marissa was invited to every part of it. We pulled her out of school early on two days for the rehearsal and the wedding itself, which was a Friday evening affair.
|This one gets me teary-eyed just looking at it.|
Marissa gloried in the affair, in being in the spotlight (as much as flower girls are), in being in a pretty dress with flowers in her hair.
|Guests blew bubbles on the happy couple for their first dance.|
|Now that's a kid's table.|
|Me and "Astronaut Abby," Nicole's daughter, both wearing the hat of the mother of the bride.|