Last Saturday, one of my best friends in the world got married and it was so amazing to be a part of her special day. This wedding had been a LONG time coming, seeing as she met her now-husband just days into our freshman year of college, and they’ve been together pretty much ever since. It’s been pretty incredible to watch their relationship grow over the last almost 11 years, from two young kids still trying to figure it out and grow up, to two adults who stayed madly in love and have grown and figured it out together. Lianne has always been one of my closest friends since we met freshman year, but it’s been pretty awesome to grow so close with Parker too. I swear I’m not usually this sentimental, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot about what I want in relationship from watching the two of them. Enough of that!
The festivities started out Friday night with the rehearsal, and the five of us who are BFFs from college with Lianne got up and gave a little speech. I actually started (saying something similar to how I started this post…) and ended it, but it was funny having to keep the stories we shared PG since there was so much family (and grandparents) in the audience. And, as I’m sure you can imagine, stories from almost 11 years from ages 18 to 28 could lend themselves to some pretty inappropriate things, but we did a good job saying just enough.
Saturday morning, I headed over to the hotel to hang out with Lianne and the girls for a little while between hair and makeup, before heading back to my apartment to get ready for the big hoorah. The wedding was on the early side – 2:30 pm – so we got to the church by 2:15ish to make sure we got seats. The day itself started out stormy and rainy, and I was SO worried it wasn’t going to clear up. I kept hearing those famous words of Alanis Morissette (it’s like raaaaaain…) but luckily around 12:30 the rain completely cleared and it turned out to be the most amazing day.
Watching her two nephews walk down the aisle (besides making me miss my own niece and nephews!) was so darling, especially when Sammy, the younger one, hid behind Patrick after Patrick told him to smile.
Before too long, it was Lianne’s big moment and I can’t imagine any eyes were dry when she walked into the church.
She was breathtaking. Seriously.
The Catholic ceremony itself was really nice and powerful. I was pleasantly surprised with how much of a sense of humor their priest had because sometimes they can be a little dry, but he was very sweet and funny! Before too long, they were officially husband and wife and heading out of the church together.
And then, it was time for the real fun to begin. After a photo shoot of course.
One of the guys (ahem Andrew) tried to take a picture of the 5 girls…
But how many do you see there? Luckily some of them could count…
Lindsay, me, Rachel, Jess, and Leah.
And, the guys.
Evan, Andrew (the photog mentioned above), Niket, Matt, and Bryon.
A close up of me and Matt.
And then, we headed back to the hotel for the reception. It seriously turned out to be the most amazing day outside, and the cocktail hour was outdoors in a gorgeous courtyard, which unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of. The cocktail hour was over before we knew it, and then we got to head inside and watch Lianne and Parker’s first dance as husband and wife!
It was so cute to watch them talking and laughing the whole time they danced… I was so curious what their conversations were about.
But, I guess that’s between husband and wife.