The right ingredients, of course. Starting, first and foremost for us, with the right people.
As noted early on, our team has been and continues to be incredible. Our friend Richard the Master Builder was enlisted quite early to be our Chuppah Builder. More recently, WSM Diana and I went shopping for some fabric for the canopy-top of the chuppah. Turns out around that same time, Richard was out in the woods... chopping down some trees to really make a hand-hewn traditional wedding canopy.
He began the basic construction, and invited WSM-D and me to come help finalize the design and move toward final build yesterday. With a week to go, it was time.
I have no words for how beautiful this chuppah is going to be. Only an amazing feeling of gratitude. I think gratitude is going to be the Word of the Week, y'all. So instead of words, here are some pictures to document the day's work and preview the beauty to come...
|A sturdy tree view...|
|Cutting the fabric with RL|
|Cutting up with the fabric (and can you spot the WSM?)|
|Experimenting with draping the fabric|
|Sewing the fabric once we found the right draping|
(Thanks for the help, Lesley!)