After the ceremony, I forget how it occurred to me, but I realized I'd left the garter at home. I'm not sure where it even was - maybe in a drawer of a dresser in the spare room, or maybe in my wardrobe (my scrapbooking storage wardrobe) in said spare room. I don't know. I mentioned it to my bridesmaids, saying, oh well, I guess we're not tossing the garter tonight! There was no time to go back for it before the reception: we had family photos at the church, followed by wedding party photos at our alma mater, and very little time to get to the reception.
They mentioned they could go get it while we're doing the family photos. So they went! I don't know how they found it - I didn't think to mention where it might have been. But they did! And they arrived at the university (two of the four bridesmaids attended the same alma mater) at the same time as we did!
Here are pictures of the garter toss:
When Wade threw the garter, he asked me how to aim for Groomsman Greg. Greg's girl-friend, my maid of honour Jocelyn had just caught the bouquet. She fought for it, too! They've been together ... a lot of years (8 years on and off, but have been "on" for 5 years straight). They own a house together. They've known each other since 1995 (as long as I've known them: we all met and became friends in grade 9).
So Wade aimed for Greg. The only problem is, Wade had never thrown a garter before. He thought you threw it, and didn`t realize you have to `flick` it. So he threw it, and it landed a few feet in front of Greg. For a couple seconds, the guys stared at it. Then, surprisingly, a couple guys started to move towards it; Greg was not one of those guys! Wade was not having any of it! Wade ran at it, picked up it and put it in Greg`s pocket.
Greg later convinced himself that I aimed for Jocelyn, too. But I didn`t - she earned that bouquet! (I was proud of her - jumping for it! She`d never fought or jumped for a bouquet before. YAY!)
And here's the proud winner:
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