Okay, I've always loved weddings, although lately the planning aspects have become rather stressful. However the wedding I was a part of last week was WONDERFUL! I went down a few days early and got to know the whole wedding party and assist with preparation. I also got to spend a lot of time with my very oldest friends, which was a ton of fun.
First time in a rehersal was a blast! Apparently it took longer than it should have because the groomsmen were goofing off, but I didn't think so. Maybe it's just that I've been in so many plays and have had to wait around much, much longer? Plus, the groomsmen were SO FUNNY!
Day of the wedding was mostly us girls getting all dressed up. We had a hairstyler do our hair, which was cool, and I was kept busy helping with last minute sewing tasks. The bridesmaid dresses were two different shades of green, and we each got to pick our own style that flattered us best. The unifying theme were the pearl necklaces, bracelets and earrings that the bride had given us the night before. (They were gorgeous!)
The wedding was beautiful and very, very special. One of the most touching moments was when the bride and groom did a piano/vocal duet at the end. Another special bit? The fact that the groom composed the bridal march for his beloved. :)
They had an outdoor reception and the weather was absolutely perfect! Then we formed two lines and blew a cloud of bubbles for the bride and groom to exit through.
The honeymoon had been kept an absolute secret, so the moment the getaway car was out of sight, we bridesmaids rushed over to the mother-of-the-groom and begged her to finally enlighten us.
Personal happy tidbit? The bride and most of the bridesmaids went barefoot for the ceremony. NO HEELS! I was in heaven. (Plus I'm very tall and almost any heel at all would have made me taller than the groomsman I was walking down with. As it was, I was quite happily shorter than him.)
All in all it was a beautiful time of memories and blessings and I am so thankful to have had a chance to go, particularly in the midst of what has been a very difficult year for me.