We practiced and practiced at home preparing for the big day. The practice turned out to be kind of funny. How do you explain what is going to happen to a 2 year old? I tried and we got it down for the most part - except that she wanted to pick up the flowers each time after we finished. I tried to explain that the flowers were how Aunt Joanna was going to find Uncle Joe and that is why she needed to leave them. I even tried to be Aunt Joanna and walk over the flowers after she threw them but she was too insistent on picking them up. How do you tell a child who is learning to pick up (and doing pretty well with it) to not pick up?? We told her she could since it was practice but she would need to ask Aunt Joanna at the wedding since she was the bride.
Well, it was rehearsal time. Paige got a little stage fright and I walked with her down the aisle. She was also more interested in sitting on the steps instead of standing with the rest of the bridal party. Part of the deal was she was supposed to walk to Uncle Jonathan and during practice we would give him five. At rehearsal she would have no part of that so poor Uncle Jonathan had to resort to M&Ms and they didn't even work during the wedding.
Fast forward to the wedding...she didn't want to walk, throw flowers or really do any of her flower girl duties. I walked with her, threw a few flowers hoping to encourage her, and she goes straight to pick them up. Then she wants to go back up the stairs we just came down instead of proceeding down the aisle. At that point I knew it was time to pick her up and let the bride have her moment.
The rest of the evening was very enjoyable. We had a fabulous sit down dinner with cake and dancing!
Practicing her dance moves before the wedding
Enroute - the path that was taken for a good hour, back and forth, back and forth
My dance partner during the Cha Cha Slide
The only picture we have of the bride and groom - how sad, we need to do better!