Meet Delia, Ann, and the Wardak family!
Delia and Ann are family partners for the Wardak family, and earlier this month, Delia’s daughter got married.
Ann knew how much it would mean for Delia to have the Wardak family at the wedding, and she knew that the family wanted to support Delia and show how much they love her and her family.
Ann coordinated with the bride to surprise Delia by taking the Wardak family to the wedding ceremony!
It was the Wardak family’s first time at an American wedding. They didn’t know what to expect or what to wear. While the girls had dresses, the boys didn’t have any dress clothes. Ann brought some of her husband’s and son’s clothes, and bought some clothes for the younger kids.
Ann thought the wedding started at 2:30, but it actually started at 2, so they were a little rushed. The whole family quickly gathered in the living room to put on the clothes she brought.
The family was so proud of how nice they looked after getting dressed. The dad even asked Ann to take him to the park after the wedding for a photo shoot!
They got to the wedding just in time. The kids were very well behaved for the ceremony, but were really excited to see Delia!
Finally Farhad, the 9 year old, couldn’t take it anymore. During the sign of peace (¾ of the way through the ceremony), he went over to give Delia a hug. When Delia saw him, Ann, and the entire Wardak family, she was “absolutely floored and surprised.”
“It is not lost on me how incredibly difficult it is to get a family of Afghans dressed and out the door to arrive somewhere on time.” She said it was “immeasurably meaningful” to have them there.
During the recessional, Delia grabbed the two youngest kids and carried them as she was walking out of the ceremony. Ann said it was as if they were her grandkids.
The Wardak’s “didn’t know what they were getting into, but they knew it was important for Delia, so they wanted to go. It was a way to show Delia that they love her. They were genuinely happy to be there” Ann said. 💜
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