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She had noticed him months before and what started as innocent flirtation now turned into a combination of mixed emotions. He was cute, no, handsome and he talked to her when she walked near his area. He was different, respectful and clean cut, navigating the boundaries that she had carefully erected over years of conditioning.

Several opportunities had been missed as he slowly tried to engage in small talk dropping hints that ended up being cast off as normal conversation. His demeanor sparked her interest and now questions swirled through her mind. She had never imagined dating or getting married and could not think of entering into a relationship with someone who was not from her faith. It had been planted in her brain that this was forbidden and only now did she falter explaining how he made her laugh.

He sent her an instant message at work and nonchalantly posed the question” I have a gift card, want to catch dinner sometime?”

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After Ben popped the question a flurry of planning, testing, creating and hard work began!

As the day drew closer we went to Fattima and Ben’s house to decorate and organize.

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Prep work was completed during the two days that lead up to the big event until there was nothing else to do but place the final touches on our project!

The big day finally arrived and it was time to put it all together. Tupperwares full of fresh veggies, boxes of supplies, cream puff shells, oreo pops, bread and fresh lemon bars were all packed up and carted off to our venue (Fattima and Ben’s place).

The bride nervously paced and inspected, jumping in to help when allowed, meanwhile Ben decided it was wise to sit on the couch eating ramen noodles from a pan, keeping clear of the organized chaos.

Guests started to arrive around 1 p.m. where they checked in and were given an overview of events.

A quick turn to the photo wall and then onto water, coffee and a little snack.

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The bridal party

Family and friends from both Bride and Groom’s side attended and the day began with Bridal Bingo, the apron memory game and finally a cute surprise video of Ben answering numerous silly questions that had been previously recorded!

Guests won prizes, people laughed and then it was time for a bite to eat!

Shortly after lunch the bride-to-be was asked to open gifts and of course that is when the real fun began!

Jacki kept track of the gifts and Alayna made her way around the room.

While people looked at a variety of bridal gifts including; bedding, cookware and even outdoor accessories, we assembled and arranged the dessert area.

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As the Bridal Shower came to a close the men started trickling in and with them our two special boys!

It was an amazing day and one that was never imaginable. It was assumed that my girls would marry men of their father’s choosing until I flat out declined and ultimately made the decision to stay in the U.S. nine years ago! This is a huge milestone for our family and one that will help guide us in further choices!IMG_8777 (1)

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  1. Beautiful shower, job well done!

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    August 7, 2018
  2. What a magical day. Thank you for sharing it with us. 😍

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    August 7, 2018
  3. koolaidmoms #

    Looks like an absolutely lovely day!

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    August 7, 2018
  4. That’s fantastic! What a great day, and what terrific memories. 😊😊

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    August 7, 2018
  5. Beautiful flowered romance!

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    August 7, 2018
  6. An amazing day Lynn. You must be so proud, of them, and of yourself!

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    August 7, 2018
  7. I’m so glad you stayed in the US and allowed you children to make their own choices, Lynn.
    It was the right thing to do.
    Leslie

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    August 7, 2018
  8. Wow, what a beautiful shower and lovely celebration! Congrats to all! That cake (and all the food) look amazing 🙂

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    August 7, 2018
  9. Alice #

    A beautiful day for the bride to be! I’m glad you made the choice to stay in the US. Thank you for sharing your special day with us!!!

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    August 7, 2018
  10. I have been thinking of you all … this magical milestone is now a hatful of memories and you are on to the final countdown to W-Day. The Day when Fatima marries the man of her choosing and hugs her mummy tight knowing that she is the one that made it possible when she made that choice 9 years ago. My love to you all, my heartfelt love. And a little PS: Alayna has a distinct look of Grama-Lynn particularly in the portrait of just her. You are there in the fabric of that little girl and she won’t go far wrong as a result of that …. xoxo

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    August 7, 2018
  11. It looks like it was wonderful, fun filled day! The food and decorations are lovely!

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    August 7, 2018
  12. Such an amazing day! ❤ it! So happy for all of you and how it tugs at my heart what you did for your kids!! ❤

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    August 7, 2018
  13. What a wonderful occasion… I wish your daughter and fiancé all the best in their new life together.

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    August 7, 2018
  14. Such a wonderful, joyous occasion for you all.
    The spread of food looked amazing.
    xx

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    August 7, 2018
  15. Beautiful pictures. I am a little confused. What is her faith? Is this your daughter?

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    August 7, 2018
  16. Wow! Really nice.

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    August 7, 2018
  17. Absolutely blooming lovely 💜💝❤️

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    August 7, 2018
  18. I love how your family celebrates love, together, Lynn.

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    August 7, 2018
  19. Love this! Thanks for sharing your special, happy times!

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    August 7, 2018
  20. Obviously a wonderful day, all the preparation so very worthwhile.

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    August 7, 2018
  21. So much warmth and love! What a wonderful day. (K)

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    August 7, 2018
  22. Hoooray for your bold decision!!! <#3 Look at the joy! Look at the love! Bravo Lynn! xo

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    August 7, 2018
  23. This is fabulous. Well done with all the preparation. It must have been fun.

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    August 8, 2018
  24. Lovely story well described and illustrated

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    August 8, 2018
  25. Lynn, Your milestone decision resulted in this beautiful shower for your daughter and Ben. You endowed your family with love and freedom.

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    August 8, 2018
  26. A fairytale story comes true and a beautiful bridal shower. I love it!

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    August 8, 2018
  27. Wow! Just beautiful and how exciting for the bride and groom to be! xoxoxoxo (I’m so glad your children don’t have to marry people of their father’s choosing!!!!)

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    August 8, 2018
  28. Still smiling, what a wonderful day for you and your family. The couple are as cute as can be. Congratulations my friend, rich in family and love. Oh by the way, I will take one of everything off the buffet line…LOL xxxxkat

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    August 8, 2018
  29. Amazing Post as usual with the astonishing images.
    Shiva

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    August 10, 2018
  30. What a wonderful day!

    And that last paragraph brought tears to my eyes – I’m so glad all of you can have these special, wonderful days now.

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    August 10, 2018
  31. You won the jackpot! The shower sounded really fun.

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    August 16, 2018
  32. What an amazing bunch of pictures and story of how Fattima and Ben’s romance began. I’m glad that love won out. That’s what matters, and with a foundation of love, the rest will flow. Congratulations to them both. I can’t wait for wedding pictures!

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    August 18, 2018

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