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Before “I do” day before the wedding!

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I heard the little boys talking upstairs in their room, a few words here and there and some laughing. I had been awake since 4 a.m. so it was easy to just pop up there and cart them downstairs. I love seeing their smiling faces first thing in the morning. Of course the first question was “Heme wake”?
We sat together waiting for the other kids to wake up and eventually Fattima and Ben made their appearance  with handfuls of beautiful bouquets from the local Farmer’s market.


Flowers were placed in containers with water and left for the next day. These flowers would be used as part of the centerpieces along with a picture of the bride and groom in their youth.

Meanwhile we worked on our various jobs. Jacki hemmed pants, steamed shirts and made sure all of the men looked just right! Osama served as one of the groomsman and the four younger brothers were ushers.

Yusuf and Alicia arrived that afternoon from Seattle and we all got together for a little family dinner that evening.

Fattima went back and forth trying to decide if staying at Osama and Jacki’s house was best or if getting a hotel room would work better. In the end she chose a hotel a few miles away where the four of us girls spent time steaming dresses, eating snacks and reminiscing.
The next morning it was up at 4 a.m. and off to hair and makeup!

Fattima wore her hair down with a bit of curl and fluff. The bridesmaids were asked to wear their hair up and a little flower was given to each one to complement the bride’s hairstyle.

We picked the girls up from the hotel where we found Jacki working on Deeja’s hair!IMG_20180923_071617.jpg

This was totally a family effort and each member played their part making the wedding a huge success.


50 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wonderful wonderful!! The cake was gorgeous, flowers beautiful, wedding dress dreamy and the whole family happy!! Congratulations to the Bride & Groom!!! 😘

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    September 27, 2018
  2. The work that the whole family has put in has been tremendous Lynn. A true measure of how great and lovely a family you have raised despite tremendous difficulties. Well done to you all, but to you especially.

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    September 27, 2018
  3. Awesome ❤️

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    September 27, 2018
  4. So exciting Lynn! I love weddings! xoxoxox

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    September 27, 2018
  5. A lovely walk through you took us. I felt like a part of your family there. Beautiful and well planned. You deserve a good rest now my friend.

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    September 27, 2018
  6. Everything was stunning! That cake is gorgeous and everyone looked so happy!

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    September 27, 2018
  7. Oh WOW…. So so happy that you shared this beautiful Wedding from start to finish with us Lynz.. All those finishing touches you all did to make this such a special Day.. And each member of the family taking their place to contribute and make it even more special..
    So pleased to see these images..
    Many thanks for sharing your beautiful daughter and family with us… What a great Mom you are.. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    September 27, 2018
  8. What a wonderful day and it was fun to think of the little ones talking and laughing and being so excited.
    Leslie ❤

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    September 27, 2018
  9. Looks so fun. Young love is contagious, isn’t it? So glad it all went smoothly. 😊😊

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    September 27, 2018
  10. Gorgeous and a little more gorgeous, Lynn. ❤

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    September 27, 2018
  11. Lynn, thank you for sharing all the wonderful details and the handsome groom and beautiful bride. The family all helping and celebrating together shines! Your cupcakes are a work of art. What a special wedding with touches from the whole family.

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    September 27, 2018
  12. Alice #

    You are so blessed with your beautiful children! Beautiful family, flowers, and cake.

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    September 27, 2018
  13. So very special xx

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    September 27, 2018
  14. Beautiful!!! Smiles and all good wishes. (K)

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    September 27, 2018
  15. On we go – most happily

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    September 28, 2018
  16. Beauty and happiness everywhere, plus gorgeous food! Wonderful family wedding, Lynn. You have created a day everyone will long cherish. ❤

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    September 28, 2018
  17. Hey Lynz, The flowers and pre-wedding photos are beautiful. So glad everything went so well. A lot of great planning on your part and the rest of your family. Congrats!

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    September 28, 2018
  18. so loving this diary of the wedding. what a wonderful gift!

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    September 28, 2018
  19. Wow, everything is so beautiful! The cake, the flowers, the dress and everyone in the wedding party. Fabulous!

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    September 28, 2018
  20. Hugs & Happiness to you and all of your beautiful family! ❤

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    September 28, 2018
  21. All so lovely!

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    October 8, 2018

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