The morning of the wedding dawned rainy, gray, and wet, but there was too much to get done to worry about the weather. Emily had stayed up late the previous night with her sisters painting nails and watching The Cheetah Girls, still not believing that it was her last night in her room.

Once morning broke, last-minute decorating was done at the space where the reception was to be held, then all the girls ran off to the little church bathroom to get ready.

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They started five hours before the wedding was to take place, plenty of time to get ready, right?

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WRONG! The girls worked and worked until the very last moment came for them to go upstairs.

Melissa did Emily’s hair, while Abigail did her makeup. Many practice sections, weeks before the wedding, had taken place to make sure that hair and makeup could be done in the allotted time.

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. When the girl’s bathroom became too crowded, Laura made a hard decision. . .

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After all, the boys were upstairs! But during these hours and hours of makeup and curlers, what were the men up to?

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Quinn proudly says that he and his groomsmen took less then an hour to get ready, compared to the girl’s five.

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But because of this, they got very bored waiting around upstairs for things to get moving. This resulted in some very entertaining photos:

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Emily’s favorite being this one:

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And while the boy’s had fun, the girls were still getting ready.

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And then the moment Emily had been waiting for…the dress!

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Guests were arriving upstairs! If you listened closely you could just hear the jazz swing of the band playing in the sanctuary. Last minute things were done, and people were told how amazing they looked:

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One of Emily’s favorite memories from that day came right before the ceremony. Abigail was putting bright red lipstick on her, when someone came to tell them it was ten minutes till 4:00! Abby became very nervous that she had so little time left to finish, to which Emily said, “Don’t worry, they aren’t going to start without me! Take your time!”

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Thankfully the ceremony started right when it was supposed to. After all, brides, like wizards, are never late, nor are they early, they arrive precisely when they mean to.

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