Claire’s Orem Wedding Reception

2016-8-9 Trip to Orem (1).JPGI received permission to travel home for a couple of days to be with Claire for her wedding reception in our yard.  I passed by Mt. Ranier on my way!   As soon as I was home Tuesday evening, I was introduced to Claire’s to do lists.  She is the ultimate organized planner.  She and Graham flew in Wednesday morning.  2016-8-9 Trip to Orem (7)We went right to work getting things ready, transforming our yard into a reception center. (There will be 3 wedding parties in our yard this week.)2016-8-9 Trip to Orem (4)2016-8-9 Trip to Orem (6)I took a little break to watch these basketball boys play a little ball over at the church.2016-8-9 Trip to Orem (9)2016-8-9 Trip to Orem (14)

Wednesday morning the fun continued and Claire and Graham arrived from their honeymooning in Seattle.  We worked on photos and flowers and everything beautiful.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (5)Claire made all of these beautiful vases:  dollar store candle sticks glued to thrift store class bowls, spray painted gold.  Genius!  2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (1)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (2)Claire orchestrated everything!2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (7)Friends and family came to help.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (8)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (9)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (10)And then 20 minutes before 7:00 the storm blew in and the heavens opened.  We had thunder and lightening and a downpour of rain.  We raced to pull everything off the tables and out of the yard.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (13)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (14)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (16)And then we waited, wondering what to do as the rains fell.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (17)Everyone moved inside and guests started arriving.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (19)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (20)Watching the western sky, hoping the storm would blow over. . .2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (21)Bishop Smithee called the youth to set up tables and chairs at the church.  We watched the sky and prayed.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (26)The weather channel gave us a bit of hope.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (27)And hugs helped.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (25)After about 20 minutes of downpour, the sky parted and the sun came back.  Our house was full of guests.  Everyone helped put things back together.  We dried the tables and chairs and put the flowers and linens back in their places, and the party was underway.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (29)Below are a few photos I snapped.  I wish I could have captured every friend and face.  It was a continual flow of wonderful people for the next 3 hours!    I loved being there and embracing so many dear friends who I love and who I am missing these 3 years.  This evening was like a little gift from heaven for me, and it was magical for Claire and Graham.  They were surrounded by loved ones.2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (28)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (30)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (31)Even missionary parents dropped by to say hello!2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (32)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (36)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (39)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (41)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (42)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (43)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (45)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (48)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (50)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (51)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (53)Lorna Wood is the wife of my first Mission President.  She is a first cousin to Graham’s mother, Mary Ellen Wood Johnson.  I LOVE that we are now related!2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (54)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (57)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (60)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (62)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (64)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (65)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (66)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (67)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (69)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (70)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (72)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (73)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (74)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (77)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (78)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (79)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (80)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (81)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (82)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (83)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (85)My dear Days for Girls friends and Grace from Nigeria:2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (86)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (91)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (93)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (95)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (98)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (99)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (102)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (104)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (108)2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (105)And then these Handsome Missionaries showed up!  It was a perfect ending to a perfect day!2016-8-10 Claire's Orem Reception (107)

About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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One Response to Claire’s Orem Wedding Reception

  1. Lorna Wood says:

    I loved the pictures go Claire and Graham’s reception. Also love having you be a relative. 😘.

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