After the wedding there was a cocktail hour. So fun to be gathered, as you can see :)
Dave's parents, you might remember, have been serving a mission for our church in Ghana.
(That's why we crammed a baptism and a baby blessing into the weekend too after the wedding...so fun to have the whole family together.)
Since there are 39 cousins on Dave's side, and it would be mass-chaos to have them all attend the wedding, only the high school kids were invited.
I loved that these girls of mine got to share in such a special occasion.
...and I'm here to say that my shirt really isn't that fluorescent in real life :)
And as crazy as it sounds, at the end of April in the middle of the desert, it turned a little chilly with some microburst winds coming through.
We don't usually get monsoon kinds of weather until August or September so it was weird. And chilly in April?? Doesn't happen.
We didn't realize until after the fact that right as we were enjoying one another in the back, the wedding planners were dealing with some catastrophes caused by the wind in the front where the dinner was to be held. Huge flower arrangements and water pitchers blowing over, table settings getting totally jumbled up. Craziness!
But as we all entered the dinner area we had no idea...it looked just as beautiful as could be. Man, my sister-in-law and her "helpers" were miracle workers I tell you!
And then it started to sprinkle with rain.
My heart sunk for a minute but luckily it was short-lived and we went on with dinner like nothing happened.
Until suddenly huge blots of water started polka-dotting all those beautifully set tables.
We sat there and tried to will those rainclouds away. To my knowledge there was no "plan B."
People started pulling out their umbrellas.
But I guess the combined wills of everyone there worked a serious miracle because after a few minutes of pretty good-sized raindrops, the skies cleared once more.
And everyone was ready to dance on that towel-dried dance floor.
I know I've mentioned it before (especially in the last two niece and nephew wedding posts back HERE), but Dave's family has got the moves. When someone says "dance" they light up like little lightbulbs and they get to work. It is seriously one of my favorite things about his family.
Leah's Dad started us off:
(I just love those faces in the background....in all these dancing pictures.)
And I love this specific dancer right here:
They did one song (like they did at my other nephew's wedding), where they had all the couples on the dance floor. They made announcements every few minutes for those married the least amount of time to leave the dance floor. The ones married one year left first, then five years, then ten.
There were quite a few couples who stayed out there for a long time with long marriages.
But gradually everyone left the dance floor aside from my in-laws who have been married for fifty-two years now.
Leah and Josh got to dance with them.....
And then everyone got crazy on that dance floor once again.
People were on and off the dance floor all night, but close to the end, it just so happened that Dave and his siblings had the dance floor all to themselves.
Even though you can only see portions of Annie and Dave in these sibling shots, I adore them.
Love each of those nine siblings with all my heart.
Let's take note of how the in-laws positioned themselves during all this hoopla:
Love this cute nephew holding his cousin's baby too:
Ok, back to the star couple of the evening:
I think it's safe to say that they had a pretty magical night, rain and all, surrounded by so many people who adore them and will be there for them at the drop of a hat.
We sent them off with sparklers and all of our love.
Congrats Josh and Leah, we are so happy for you!