Since he has at least a six-pack of aspiring photographers in the family, Zak had asked his siblings to be the photographers at the wedding, and the following are the collective shots from their cameras. We were thankful to our friends Kayley and Nathan for taking photos while both families were up in front.
The morning of the wedding, a group of the girls headed to the church building at 7 to finish food preparations for the reception. The meal Zak and Beth requested was taco salad - also known as “haystacks.” Much of the food preparation had been done beforehand, but there were still 35 heads of lettuce and several dozen tomatoes to prepare. We were blessed by the young ladies and guys who came out to help with all the chopping!
|Harmony (center) showed up bright and early, and was a delightful helper!
|Aaron, Nate and David helping in the kitchen
|Nikki and her little ones were a big blessing
with food preparation
As the morning progressed, more local friends arrived to help, and the busyness continued. We had a last minute change in the wedding program, and here are our dear friends from Saint Louis, Carrie Clough and her son Silas, helping out by affixing the new inserts into the printed programs.
|Two of Nikki's children, Crystal and Jasper
|Ruth covering tables
|Sarah used her creative touch to sweeten thing up!
As it drew closer to three o’ clock, we began to scurry about getting changed out of our work clothes and making ourselves presentable!
This is when Zak emerged from changing into his wedding clothes, and in a rare moment of pre-wedding confusion, told Mom :
“…I left my dress shoes in the trailer at the campground!”
Smiling, Mom assured him that his shoes would be unnoticed.
Family and helping friends milling around before hearing the call,
"People are coming!!"
|Our little friend Silas (in the green shirt) scurried about the parking lot
delivering freshly taped wedding programs :)
It was so exciting for both Kleins and Bales, to see the many friends and family who arrived to celebrate this day with us. We were having such wonderful reunions, but we quickly had to hurry in the building, as it was approaching time for the wedding to begin!
The room began to fill up, and we had just a few short minutes until it was wedding time!