After the pictures at the barn, we drove about three miles to where the Mr., CT's family, my little big brother (LBB), and friend M were waiting for us.
During the summer when we had discussed the small, family-only wedding, K had expressed the only thing she hated was that M wouldn't be there. She had always imagined M at her wedding. She said it wouldn't be fair to have one of her friends without CT having one of his so they were keeping it to just immediate family. L immediately went home and called M to see if she would be able to come and surprise K. M said she didn't care what night of the week, when, or where it was-- she would be there. I got ahold of CT's best friend and made arrangements for him to join us, too. At the last minute, he and his fiance couldn't make it, so it was just M. (And CT didn't mind. He was just happy for K that M was there.)
The Mr. helped M hide so that K wouldn't see her until the photographer could capture the moment. I think K was pretty touched that M would be there. It meant M had to travel several hours with a 10 week old baby. There were lots of hugs and tears of joy when K saw M. It was a great surprise that L had pulled off.
The photographer took quite a few family photos and about 45 minutes later, we were finally ready for the actual wedding.
When it was time for the ceremony, I was glad the photographer was present. He took the Mr. and K over to the side and had the rest of us stand as if we were in pews in church. The Mr. walked K "down the aisle" and gave her away to CT. LBB's service was beautiful. K was pretty teary and choked during the vows. CT was a rock for her, but a bit emotional himself. The best man stood smiling encouragement to K. LBB got choked up. CT's mom sniffled, L and I wiped tears, and both dads were pretty misty, too. It was sweet, simple, and touching.
When the ceremony was over and we had taken a few more pictures, everyone but K, CT, and the photographer headed back to Easy Street. The photographer took the newlyweds to a field he had spotted. He wanted pictures of them in the tall grass. He knew it would be great for photos and perfect for outdoorsman CT. Unfortunately, K's dress ended up with sandburs in the crinoline underskirt. After they returned to the vehicles, CT and the photographer spent about 15 minutes pulling the stickers out of her dress. She found five or six more when she took it off later that night.
Once I saw the pictures, I was pretty sure it was worth all the stickers. They are beautiful!
After the meal, we showed a video of K and CT. There were pictures of their childhoods, teen and college years, and eventually their year of dating. We enjoyed getting to know CT's little brother and girlfriend. And of course, it was good to see CT's folks, M, and my LBB, too.
At the end of the evening, K and CT left for a hotel in J town where wine and beer were delivered to their room. It was courtesy of M and her husband, and her other good friend, J and her husband. (J lives in Chicago, and she and her husband were married on this date, too.) It was so thoughtful. All of them would be there on Saturday to help celebrate the marriage, but they wanted to let K know they were thinking of her on her wedding day.