I’m excited to get married. It’s not something I’ll say “I can’t wait” for, but it’s something I definitely look forward to. I love love, all the love, and the idea of loving someone so much that you want to spend the rest of your life with them is such a beautiful concept to me.
Last month, I got to celebrate the love of one of my best friends from high school. My friend, Sarah, and her now-husband, Thomas, got married on September 24, and it was such a lovely day. Not only was I excited to stand by Sarah’s side as she said her vows to Thomas, I was also looking forward to being able to spend some much needed time with three of my oldest girlfriends, Amanda, Sarah and Katherine, who y’all have met before and have been introduced to you as TASK.
I had been a junior bridesmaid in my dad and step-mom’s wedding when I was in elementary school, but this is the first time I’ve been a bridesmaid for one of my girlfriends. Beyond the wedding, there were lots of other events where I was able to catch up and spend time with my girls.
This was the first event of the wedding festivities and the first time I got to meet the rest of the bridal party and groomsmen. There was lots of good food, delicious moscato to drink and the couple was showered with lots of love.
For the bachelorette party, we drove three hours to Dallas, Texas for a weekend full of festivities. We stopped at a restaurant called the Jalapeno Tree in Marshall, Texas, about an hour outside of Shreveport, for some dinner.
After unloading our things into the room, Amanda distracted Sarah with a mini tour around the hotel while Haley and I set up for Sarah’s surprise lingerie shower. Haley prepared lots of cute snacks, had bubbly moscato at the ready and we set up a photobooth. Sarah waited until the next day to open her lingerie gifts so Katherine could be there for it too (she was flying in late and had to take a Lyft to get to the hotel).
On Saturday, Sarah opened her gifts and gave all of us one of our bridesmaids gifts. It was a pearl that we had to “mother.” When you open the pearl, the color corresponds to a certain them. My pearl represented love, which I was totally okay with. The pearl comes with a necklace, and we wore our necklaces throughout the weekend.
We went to the Grand Luxe Café in the Galleria Mall for lunch. We had a slight hiccup with Sarah misplacing her wallet. We spent about three hours looking and calling around before it was found in an obscure place in the car.
Sarah and Haley rested up a bit while Amanda, Kat and I explored downtown Dallas. I had never been to a 7/11 before and tried to get my first Slurpee, but naturally all of the machines were broken. We snuck into this anime convention and took pictures with the giant Pikachu outside.
After getting ready and doing an outfit change, we went to Pete’s Piano Bar, which was so fun. It was my first time at a piano bar, and we shared a giant drink before heading to the Stockyards for some two-steppin’.
We had a blast dancing the night away at PR’s and then enjoyed some tacos from a taco truck called Chihuahua’s Grill that was literally my saving grace because I was starving by the end of the night.
On Sunday, we went to brunch at a place called Ellen’s Kitchen that was recommended by one of the front desk agents. It was so delicious. Naturally, on the way home, we stopped at Buc-cee’s because it’s the best gas station to have ever existed, but for the most part, I slept because I was extremely exhausted.
This was Sarah’s bridal shower, and it was absolutely adorable. They took the tea theme to the next level with teacups decorating nearly every part of the common area and even tea-shaped sandwiches. Amanda and I were in charge of giving the gifts to Sarah and collecting the trash and bows after she opened them.
REHEARSAL AND DINNER
At the rehearsal, we obviously ran through the ceremony a few times, and then afterward, we had dinner at Chianti’s. This was my second time eating there, the first being my last date with Joseph before he left for his deployment. I ate so much bread; it’s ridiculous.
Sarah and Thomas also gave the bridal party their gifts, and Sarah gave each of the girls a monogrammed button-up shirt for us to get ready in, two beautiful pearl bracelets for us to wear at the ceremony and personalized hangers for us to hang our dresses, and all of it was inside of a personalized tote bag that is absolutely adorable, and I love.
The maid of honor and best man each gave their speeches. There were lots of tears shed, lots of hugs given and lots of pictures taken.
The girls started their day at 10 am to get ready. We did our own make-up, and Sarah hired someone to do our hair. I got my hair done first, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I loved the hairstylist so much that I want to go to her to get my hair done from now on (after I get off the boat of course).
We ate lots of snacks and sandwiches and drank plenty of mimosas. When we were done getting ready, the photoshoots began. We went to the chapel were Sarah and Thomas did a first look, as well as Sarah and her dad. We took bridal party photos, and then we were starving and someone brought us Wendy’s chicken nuggets. During downtime, I got to Skype with Joseph, and I took him around and introduced him to the people I could find. I was so glad I got to spend a little virtual time with him since he couldn’t be there with me in person.
After the ceremony, we got in the limo to go to the reception, and we popped champagne while Thomas gave a toast.
The rehearsal dinner was a blast. Everything I ate was delicious, and we had so much fun dancing. I also caught my first bouquet, which I promptly told Joseph about. He was wary 😉
Afterward, I met up with some friends downtown, still in my bridesmaid dress. I had a few drinks and listened to some live music before I gave up and went home to go to bed.
I just absolutely love weddings, and they’re even more special when you get to celebrate the people you love most. To read the photographer’s blog and see more of his photos from Sarah and Thomas’s wedding day, click here!