A few weeks back, one of my oldest and dearest friends got married. I am finally getting around to sharing my pictures of the event.
I already told you of how I had to have at least one firecracker episode during this event, so now we get to feel warm and fuzzy with little wedding doves singing and twittering while we think about love.
You can go ahead and play this song while you’re scrolling down because this is the song that was playing as Jen walked down the aisle.
I thought it might be a nice touch because it was definitely touching that day.
Now that we have that taken care of, we can get down to business.
I was so happy to be able to see Jen before the ceremony. She was goreous and excited – not nervous at all because she is very sure of this love and very sure she is marrying the right man. I was lucky enough to witness the moment when she first saw her teenage son all dressed up in his suit, ready to walk her down the aisle. Our lovely friends Kimmie and Jaada and Heather were there, old high school and college friends who still mean so much in life. It was amazing to spend time with these girls outside our hometowns and normal lives. It felt like we were nineteen again.
I love Jen’s family. I mean, just seeing her mom was so delicious. She and I laughed about the crazy shit Jen and I did when we were eleven years old, and about the time I showed up on their doorstep with a bathmat and scrub brush, asking to take a bath in their claw-footed bathtub.
I was a strange child.
And then it was time for the wedding to begin, so Kimmie saved me a seat and I got into position where I could snap a few photos of my BFF as she made her way down the stairs in all her glory. Then the song you hear began – which Jen had kept a secret – and for some reason tears just started rolling down my face as I clicked the shutter, because I was so happy for her and so proud of all she has worked on and accomplished in the past three years. The song also made me think of us in the fifth grade – it took me back, man.
I will always be grateful that Jen trusted me enough to make her bridal bouquet. It was an honor. I loved doing it – more than words can say.
The ceremony was perfect…focusing on love and trust and humor and respect, but even more importantly it focused on the fact that Jen and Rob are joining two families together, and they are committed to loving and supporting their new stepsons and stepdaughter and extended family. It was very touching.
And their first dance…oh, swoon. They danced to the real “Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey and created an awesomely romantic moment. You could feel the electricity between these two beautiful people – real love, I tell you.
There is something about weddings. They are just the best. You get this, right? It’s all about the love, being joyful, friendships, family, romance, and feeling beautiful. And Jen’s wedding nailed all of these. I was so happy to be part of her celebration.