I still haven't gotten my stepfather's, which I am sure are lovely. But here are a few (I put them into Flickr so if you click the top one you can go to my Flickr page and see them). I'll add my stepfather's later so you can check back at Flickr. So here follows my long wedding post. :)
I took off the day before the wedding from work, and went with my friend Renß to the florist to pick out flowers for the church and for my bouquet. I knew exactly what sort of roses I wanted, the slightly ivory shade ones that sometimes have a touch of pink and which are very common for weddings. Well, we went to three florists looking for them (because stupid me didn't order them ahead). The third had them but wanted $75 a dozen! So I decided to wait until we bought the food at Whole Foods, and just got church flowers. I was in tears by the time I got home, because here it was the morning before the wedding, and I had no bouquet.
So Ingimar and his mom and I went to Whole Foods to get our food. We were making pork tenderloin wrapped in puff pastry (I don't much like pork, but she made this for me in Iceland and it is just wonderful) and roast beef, and assorted fancy cheeses and crackers, and couscous salad with cranberries, oranges, and pecans, and a regular salad, and my aunt was bringing some more vegetarian food. My mother-in-law fell in love with Whole Foods, it's just such a nice supermarket. And since the puff pastry came in packages that were different than the ones she was used to, the girl let us open a package to check the size of the sheet AND said "Oh, you don't have to take the open package." And as we were walking around, what did I see but THE roses I wanted ON SALE for $9.99! (I was so glad I hadn't bought those $75 ones). So we bought all our food and went back to the house to finish cleaning and ironing napkins and bring the dog to the vet to be boarded for the weekend and all the other preparatory things.
We then went to the church to go through everything ahead of time so everyone knew where to be when, and Ingi and I stayed so I could do the altar arrangements. I am so glad he had stayed, because they were in these giant brass vases where I stuck flower dishes on the top to arrange in, and right when I was about to put them onto the altar I discovered I had arranged one with the front of the vase turned to the side (they were monogrammed). So he helped me rotate and re-secure my arrangement, we put them up on the altar and went back home for the reheated kj÷ts˙pa that I had made the other night to feed everyone after. Well, when I got back we decided we didn't have enough room in the fridge for all the wedding food, so out I went again (starving) to bring extra food like jams and whatnot to my friend's fridge to store for a few days. I finally got home and we stayed up late once again doing who knows what to make the house look beautiful, like I decorated the food table with pink tulle and artificial roses, and put out the napkins tied in pink ribbons, and so on.
The morning of the wedding, Ingi's niece ElÝsa, my mother-in-law, and I went to get our hair done. So he was left behind to roll out puff pastry and make salad with my mother while we were being girly. We picked up the cakes (there was a small chocolate one too that didn't make the photo) and the bread rolls, and I was amazed at what a great price they cost. I knew I wanted to use this particular bakery because they are the only bakery near me that makes good cakes, so I hadn't asked the price ahead of time.
Then I did my makeup and went off to the church to get dressed. On the way I remembered I had left my bouquet at home, so I called the guys and asked them to bring them (they were delivered by one of the kids to me at the church). Other than forgetting my bouquet, the service went beautifully. My mother did a bible reading in English and my mother-in-law did a bible reading in Icelandic, and we had great music that we had selected with the organist, and it was just wonderful. Then we went off to have our photos taken at the picture studio (and those came out really nice, we saw them yesterday, but I don't think we get electronic ones) and then we came back to the house for the party. We were pretty hungry at this point, so I got a little stressed over wanting to make sure we had our Veuve Clicquot for the toast (we splurged on a special bottle of champagne for the two of us, since I never get to have fancy champagne), and making sure everything was where it was supposed to be, but I managed to get some crackers and cheese, and everything was fine. The meal was (as expected with my mother-in-law cooking) wonderful, and everyone told me they had a great time. After things wound down, Ingi and I went off to stay in an Inn in Northampton, Massachusetts, which is a small town that has a fun city centre. Then the next daz we took a drive around Western Mass to a town called Shelburne Falls
, which is just lovely. And then it was back home that night, since I had to go back to work on Monday, and we still had our houseguests anyway. All-in-all, it was just great.