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06/17/2008: "The kindness of others"

So, the wedding is just about 4 weeks away and things are starting to fall into place. A friend and very talented photographer Patrick McGonegal is going to photograph our wedding as a present. If you like the snap shots I post on this site, be sure to check his work out, it's soooooo much better than mine. He also has a site more about Juneau called

Another friend who is a wonderful baker is going to do our cake in exchange for a painting he's wanted for a long time.

The wedding dress has arrived and it's too big... so Aaron's mom is going to take it in for me, free of charge.

Then there is the friend who is doing the music (thanks Kate!) the friend doing the flowers (thanks Maren!) the friend helping with the food (thanks Jen!) etc. etc. etc.

Then, unbelievably, we met a woman at Aaron's aunt and uncle's dinner party who is letting us use her gorgeous ocean side condo in Honolulu for our honeymoon!!!! (thanks Karen!) Can you believe that? She only met us the one time, how sweet and generous is that?

Anyway, we have already received more presents and offers of help etc. than I ever would have has made the stress of the upcoming wedding much more tolerable.

Speaking of which, yesterday I spent the entire day sewing table cloths for the picnic tables at the shelters where we're getting married. It's a ton of work, close to 20 tables and each one has a base table cloth and a runner on top. It has been (so far) the biggest expense for this wedding, and more work than I'd ever imagined.

So, was it a good idea to cancel the July exhibit? If I hadn't, I can honestly say I would have lost my mind. I promise that once the festivities are behind me, the painting will resume!

Replies: 11 Comments

on Wednesday, June 18th, Kateri said

Please enjoy every minute - Things are falling beautifully into place for you. Makes it obvious that you are doing Everyting Right, doesn't it?

on Wednesday, June 18th, Elise said

Hi Kateri,
Yes, I feel more comfortable and relaxed about everything than ever. Aaron got measured for his tux today and we finished getting nearly all of the invitations in the mail last night.

So, from here on out I can actually see how this is going to be really fun, and not a huge disaster!

on Thursday, June 19th, AL said

Hi Elise!

I wish I could be there for your wedding! (Maybe I should send a representative in my place! )Sounds like it is going to be lots of fun. I am glad to hear that you aren't too stressed out with all the wedding plans.


on Thursday, June 19th,">elaine said

I'm so glad for you Elise...Wish you the best! Love from France. :)

on Thursday, June 19th, Elise said

Well, if you change your mind Al and want to come to Juneau for a quick little get away, you are totally invited!
And hello Elaine! It's been a long time since I've heard from you. I hope you are well. How was your visit to the United States?

on Friday, June 20th, marja-leena said

How wonderful that everything is falling into place so beautifully! Best wishes to you both!

on Saturday, June 21st, Elise said

Thanks Marja-leena!

on Wednesday, June 25th, Kasia said

Hey there! What a news! I haven't been here for a while and Elise is getting married! I wish you all the stars from the sky! :) Can we see the dress? :blush:

on Wednesday, June 25th, Joan said

Are you registered anywhere?

on Thursday, June 26th, elaine said

Didn't make it this year...Sadly... and postponed the trip to MT for next spring. I don't write comments often on your blog but I'm still checking and always enjoy to read about the peregrinations of your life! Best wishes to you both, can't wait to see the photos!

on Sunday, June 29th, Elise said

Hi Kasia! Wow, it's been a long time eh? If you want to see what the dress looks like, I'll link to it in my next post.

And Joan, we're not registered anywhere. I'll go into that a bit in my next post as well.

And Elaine, worry that you didn't make it this year but it seems a lot of us can't travel like we used to, with the crazy cost of EVERYTHING!
I'm happy that you still stop by now and again though, virtual travel as it were...