Monday, July 16, 2012

My Best Friend's Wedding!

One of my best friends in the whole world just got married this past Saturday. It was a beautiful, emotional, joyful wedding! The week started out Amy (one of my other best friends) & I flying into Dallas and enjoying dinner at In'n'Out Burger! Oh yeah!

As always, I LOVE when all 3 of us can hang out together. We have a lot of laughs.

Us gettin' our free Chik-fila on!! Moo!

We prepped a lot for Natalie's wedding making poofs out of tissue paper, filling mason jars with birdseed, and lots of other fun stuff! :)

Literally, 70 pounds of birdseed!

The lil' U-haul filled with decorations! And yeah, those trash bags: all filled with poofs!

The bachelorette party was at this amazing chicken place, Babe's. Needless to say, it was a ton of fun and many laughs!

Bride and bridesmaids!

Our first of several attempts to re-create the 'Bridesmaids' movie poster. haha

The rehearsal was at one of my favorite Denton restaurants, The Greenhouse. It was dee-lish as always.

All the bridesmaids in their un-planned floral!

Aaaaaaand then: the big day!!!! Ok, so before I start, let me tell you something: I'm not really a crier. Like, those moments when everyone else is crying in the movie, I'm just sitting there. When everyone else is bawling their eyes out at graduation, I'm just smiling saying goodbye.

But weddings... they just really get to me and I think it's because of the incredibly beautiful symbolism in a wedding ceremony and amount of joy I feel for the couple, mixed with a strange bit of sadness, but yes, mostly joy. :)  I pretty much get teary-eyed at every wedding, so when it came to one of my best friend's in the world wedding, I was a tad emotional.

sidenote: a wedding symbolizes Chris and His bride, the church. Christ is preparing for this wedding feast, and has been for thousands of years. THOUSANDS of years! We plan for weddings for about 1 year or so. He is coming back! And we need to be ready! Just like getting ready for a wedding with all the makeup, and dresses, and shoes, and hair... we need to be ready for His return in our hearts!!!!! Jesus is the bridegroom and we are His bride. Are you ready to call Him King?

I don't even think it was Wednesday of last week and I already had cried about it. Then came the wedding day itself and the Pastor came in to pray with the Bride and bridesmaids and I lost it in the middle of the prayer. I was doing a guh-reat job walking down the aisle, smiling away, doing my best walk in the tallest high heels of my life, and then probably about 3 steps before I reached the pastor, I looked at him and mouthed the words, "I'm going to cry", turned around, and quickly got the kleenex from my pocket.

I tried to stay strong, but I just couldn't do it. The wedding was so, so beautiful. Natalie was beautiful. Josh was beautiful. And they were both emotional and that made me emotional, and then I'd look out to everyone else and they were emotional, so I'm pretty sure I closed my eyes for some of the ceremony so I couldn't see all the emotion going around!

Bride's beautiful hair by Miranda the Great!

The sassy bride!

The bride was ready to get the show on the road! Teaching the Footloose dance to everyone! :)


The reception was fun, people were dancing, and it looked amazing. All our poof-making paid off! :) I gave my Matron of Honor toast, speech thing. -Which I had practiced on at least a couple of people beforehand! But as I was reading the words I wrote, it just really hit me, and again... I started crying. At one point I couldn't even see the words I wrote because of all the tears in my eyes! My hand was holding the paper with my speech on it so I wouldn't forget anything and it was shaking so bad from all the emotion I had to put it down on the table. I was not expecting that at all! But I made it through praise the Lord!

 First dance

 After it was all over...

It was just such a lovely, fun, beautiful, great time with dear friends. Natalie & Josh are a beautiful, genuine, sweet couple and I love them both and look forward to hanging out with them again soon!

One emotional Matron of Honor,

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