Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The Sleeping Beauty of Brennyville October 2, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 9:42 AM
This photo is a bit dark because I shot without flash. But I didn't want to awaken Keira as she slept on a church pew at St. Elizabeth's Church in Brennyville.

This photo is a bit dark because I shot without flash. But I didn't want to awaken Keira as she slept on a pew at St. Elizabeth's Church in Brennyville.

WHENEVER I HEAR that a bride is including a flower girl in the wedding party, I worry. These typically preschool girls are usually at just the right age for throwing a fit or stealing the show rather than behaving like princesses.

So when I learned that my great niece, almost 4-year-old Keira, would serve as a flower girl in her Aunt Kristina’s wedding, I held my breath.

But I needn’t have worried. Keira was the perfect flower girl. She slept through nearly the entire wedding service.

And that was just fine, says her mom, Heidi, who was a bridesmaid. The lengthy afternoon nap kept Keira happy and content during the reception. Exactly what a mom, who says she wanted to pretend she didn’t have kids for the event (yeah, right, Heidi), wanted.

I couldn’t resist snapping photos of the sleeping beauty and then more pictures after Keira awoke. The images speak for themselves of a sweet little flower girl acting mostly like a princess on her godmother’s wedding day. That is until Keira started squishing ants on the sidewalk outside St. Elizabeth’s Church in Brennyville.

Kids look so sweet when they're asleep, and even cuter when dressed to the nines.

Kids look so sweet when they're asleep, and even cuter when dressed to the nines like Keira. Her dress was made from her Great Grandma Betty's bridal gown.

Keira's sugar-and-spice, dainty shoe.

Keira's sugar-and-spice, dainty shoe.

And then, half way through the photo shoot, the sleeping Keira turned. Her dress was made from her Great Grandma Betty's wedding gown.

And then, half way through the photo shoot, the sleeping Keira turned.

The sweet love of mother and child, Heidi and Keira.

The sweet love of mother and child, Heidi and Keira.

Keira squishes ants.

Keira squishes ants.

Keira and her brother, Tristan, who was a ring bearer, run up the steps of St. Elizabeth's Church in Brennyville.

Keira and her brother, Tristan, who was a ring bearer, run up the steps of St. Elizabeth's Church in Brennyville.

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