Well, here’s to true love. Here’s to bumps and bruises. And misteps. And having broken person pickers. Here’s to lessons learned. And can I get a shout out for hope? But, mostly here’s to falling forward into the exact right place at the precise time and finding your person. Here’s to the universe knowing what’s up. And here’s to Kylie and Muhammad (and their children, Jibrael and Aqeelah).
They had a plan. It was a perfect plan. It was a spreadsheet and checklist and binder kind of plan. I saw it. It had a lot of pages. And heavens knows that I love a plan. But, REALLY… where’s the adventure in that? If you know these two, you know there had to be an adventure in the mix somewhere. So, it rained. And it rained HARD. So much for that plan… because it was one of those kinds of rains where you thought, “well, it actually may never stop raining.” So, we formulated a new plan. The new plan involved a tent, some brave guests, a quaint room with a fireplace, a photographer on a chair with an umbrella and some requisite panic. After an exhale and a request to the universe to do us all a solid, we rocked it. And then the we got rewarded with the loveliest of light, and we played some more. They laughed. And danced. I mean, there were donuts, and a breakfast buffet, and dancing and yard games. And in all of it? Serenity. And more donuts. Cheers to that, too.
Oh wait, did I mention the Chuck Taylors? There were a lot of Chuck Taylors.
The first look… I LOVE FIRST LOOKS.
And then… a sopping wet, lovely-as-hell, under-the-tent love fest happened during their ceremony…
I can’t even begin to do it justice, so I’m just going to read what the officiant read during the next part to explain these images:
“The following ceremony is something unique that the couple feels is appropriate for today. It has been said that this was once an Indonesian wedding tradition. The couple will be handed a ceremonial umbrella and then the children will be asked to pour a symbolic mixture over their heads to represent the couple’s ability to weather all of life’s possible storms together. The mixture in each pitcher contains turmeric rice to symbolize prosperity and everlasting love, coins to remind them to always share their wealth with the less fortunate, candy to remind them to remain sweet to one another throughout the marriages and Legos to remind them that, even when life feels like you just stepped on a Lego in your living room, the hard times will pass. We offer this ritual as proof that Kylie and Muhammad have fully agreed to weather all of life’s storms together.”
The best part? The umbrella (not deliberately) had holes in it. Beautiful perfection.
And the party? Well, it was just perfect.
OH BUT WAIT. There’s more… When Muhammad proposed to Kylie, there were some Lego dudes involved. Don’t think they didn’t have their own little party on the big day.
Thanks to my ace, Ben Poenisch, for being a rad assistant, holding umbrellas in a monsoon, and for being the official Lego photographer of the day.