Family Friday: Flower Girls

If you follow Color Transformed Family on Instagram or Facebook you know that last Saturday my girls were flower girls in a wedding.  For Noah it was sort of an “ok, mommy” moment.  She had fun, she performed her duty, but it wasn’t life changing.

Flower Girl Wedding Stories

The same cannot be said for Esther.

Flower Girl Wedding Stories

This was a dream come true for her.  She spent MONTHS preparing for Saturday!  Months.  We talked about everything that would happen.  What her job would be.  The fancy dress she would wear. Why people get married.  And of course the biggest party with the biggest cake she had ever seen after the wedding.  It had all the makings of a day to remember for Esther.

Flower Girl Wedding Stories

The rehearsal and rehearsal dinner Friday night were the perfect combination to kick off her first wedding. Our plans went a little astray when the girls realized that they wouldn’t be walking straight to daddy and off to the side like we had talked about.  Secretly I knew this probably wouldn’t happen all along but I wanted them to always feel like this was something that they could do.  Instead Esther got to lock her eyesight on my cousin’s husband.  He was one of the groomsmen and he and his wife stood behind my girls during the ceremony.  Esther loves him because he gives her attention and is great with kids.

That was all she needed.  Knowing that he would be helping her at the end of the aisle gave her all the courage (and some) that she needed to be a flower girl.  Noah again was just along for the ride.  She drug her bell filled with flower petals down the aisle and  then said to me, “Mommy, that boy helped me up the steps.”  Thanks, “that boy!”

Both of them absolutely loved the rehearsal dinner.  Noah chowed down on a delicious salad and chicken and then headed off to play with her new markers and coloring books.  Esther soaked in the attention, chicken with bacon wrapped around it, and savored her entire chocolate dessert.  The chocolate dessert was pretty AMAZING!

They partied late but that didn’t stop Esther from waking up early the next morning.  I could hear her whispering with excitement, “Wake up, Noah.  We get to be flower girls today and then go eat a really BIG cake.”  I’m telling you it was like Christmas morning for her.  Saturday was her day to be a princess.

After a special orange roll breakfast we headed to the salon to get their fixed.  I didn’t even think it was possible but Esther ended up with curls.

Flower Girl Wedding StoriesIt was like falling in love with her all over again.  She looked like a little Curly Sue.

Noah thankfully didn’t mind the curls and had her hair partially pinned back to help keep it out of her face.  She was a little terrified to move her head in the car afterwards because she didn’t want to mess it up.

After hair, a quick lunch, and a nap in the car we arrived at the church for pictures.

Flower Girl Wedding StoriesEsther could hardly contain her excitement of getting to finally wear her fancy dress (that my mom made) and shoes.

Flower Girl Wedding Stories And on top of all that she got to wear a crown of pine needles and flowers.

20141213_150429She was totally in her element.  Noah didn’t mind but we were pretty much all holding our breath hoping she could keep the dress clean and on until after walking down the aisle. The clean part is a little questionable but she somehow managed to keep all her clothes on at the wedding and reception.

Flower Girl Wedding StoriesCould they be any different?

Throughout the day I applied Tranquil and Valor to Esther and Stress & Away and Valor to Noah to prepare them for their big moment.  Thankfully, they never showed signs of nervousness.  They played right up until lining up.

Flower Girl Wedding StoriesAnd then walked down the aisle scattering rose petals along the way. Let’s just say I was one proud mommy… with a few sniffles.

Flower Girl Wedding Stories

Now that they had made it down the aisle, I was filled with all kinds of new nervousness.  How would they act during the ceremony?  Thankfully they survived up front and even managed to pay attention during the vows but there were a few comical highlights.

Like…

Noah looking out at the audience and whisper/shouting, “Hey, Mommy!”

Esther wondering where the Smarties that she was repeatedly receiving were coming from.

Noah sticking her arms through the bows and then playing with them.

Or Noah propping her leg up on the low wall.

Or Noah lip singing to Ava Maria.

You know typical stuff that a wedding party does during the ceremony.

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When we got to the reception Noah enjoyed the brides’s cake but most of all the grooms cake.  Esther ran up and down the row of food and just marveled at all her choices.  And then she saw the cake!  It really was a dream come true for her.  She ate the bride’s cake and then danced all her cares away with Noah.

Flower Girl Wedding StoriesMichael Luke told the girls to stand with their hands behind their back when the bride tossed the bouquet.  That’s one way to make sure they are not the next one to get married.

Flower Girl Wedding Stories Later that night Esther told me, “Mommy, when I get older I want to get married so everyone can come see me.”

Flower Girl Wedding Stories

It really was a magical day for her.  Noah had a pretty good time too.

Now, life is back to normal. Just a mom and two girls having pretend weddings and engagements.

This was Noah’s only flower girl appearance… her first was at just four months old.

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