To state the obvious--yesterday was perfect. It was gorgeous. The weather was pretty much great, albeit a tad bit windy during picture-time (we survived). My sister looked like an amazing, classy model in her perfect dress and birdcage veil. The bridesmaids looked killer. The colors came together amazing. The guys looked handsome in their tan suits & matching ties. The flowers were perfection. The ceremony made everyone cry. It was personal and amazing, their vows were touching, and there was a resounding sense of JOY JOY JOY to see these two so happy and in love.
Having the camera crew there for the show was no big deal. Except the fact I'm pretty sure they caught Emeline's worst moment in history on camera, and I fear it might be played up to become some huge wedding negative. Just picture a 3 year old, melting down during the reception prayer, over-tired, only had a 10 minute car nap, and screaming "go away daddy" (talk about heartbreaking for my husband & something I've never heard her say before :/ ) while he had to carry her out of the building in hysterics. It was sad! And awful. But it happens. And she had a long, long day.
Other than that little meltdown moment, though, which started because she wanted to join Aunt Susie & Uncle Jeff during their first dance (can you blame her? haha)---the kids were amazing the rest of the time. Of course they were still KIDS, you can't really expect them to act like well behaved adults. Stealing candy from the candy table, dancing like crazy, stuffing their face with cake, finding every opportunity to run around and have fun. But they really were great, overall. Lucy slept during the ceremony with my friend Lauren (who was a lifesaver), and also during parts of the reception with another friend.
|caught by the camera man, stealing candy. fabulous ;)|
Let's see. If I could sum up my top moments of the day....
Hair & makeup morning with all the girls at the hotel, sans kids. Watching my daddy's reaction when he saw Susan for the first time. Enjoying watching from the sidelines as Susan & Jeff got their "first look" together. It was precious and sweet and I'm pretty sure Jeff was stunned with her killer looks and hot body. Watching Emeline & her cousin, Kylie walk down the aisle hand in hand. They were so cute! Listening to Susan & Jeff share their written vows. I tried so hard to keep it together, but it was just such a testament to God's faithfulness in Susan's life, I wanted to sob like a big baby. Then, I have to say--that dancing is always just so much fun. But watching everyone circle around Emeline at the end, as she danced and then dropped to the ground doing what I think was the worm? Hilarious. Pretty sure she totally digged all that attention.
I'm still on post-wedding high and it wasn't even my wedding. It was just....so much happy. So much. And I know that my sister was on cloud 9 all day. It was an absolute honor to be her matron of honor, to stand by her side and watch as she committed to a life of loving Jeff. They're the sweetest couple and as I said in my toast, I can't wait to keep watching their story unfold.
What a happy, happy day indeed.
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