As bride and groom, we were then allowed some quiet moments together in the celestial room (pictured above) while waiting for our family and friends to gather in one of the 12 sealing rooms where the marriage was to take place. Summer is a very popular time for weddings at the temple, and I'm sure there were many more marriages performed there that day. Once DH And I were brought into the room, the officiator took a few minutes to share some words of counsel and advice: remember to talk together and pray together every day, to avoid arguments and silences, and to return to the temple often. We then were invited to kneel together at the altar holding hands, and within a few minutes, we were pronounced husband and wife for time and for all eternity.
There was plenty of time for us to gather outside the temple to visit with our loved ones and to pose for photos such as the one below. This famous olive tree was over one hundred years old, and was a very popular photo spot. Unfortunately, the tree is no longer there:
DH's parents hosted a very lovely wedding luncheon afterward at their nearby home, prepared by my new sisters-in-law. After a few hours of rest, we all headed back to my hometown for a wedding reception at our local church.
My best friend and roommate and DH's sisters were the lovely bridesmaids.
And our parents were proud, of course.
The maid of honor and the best man
Of course, we were happy!
Flowers and rings
All of my nieces and nephews in their matching dresses and shirts. A very belated Thank You! to all who helped with the sewing!!
The traditional garter . . . only worn at weddings anymore.
Cutting the cake baked by my wonderful Uncle
After cleaning up the beautifully decorated gully, we were on our way for our first night together as husband and wife!