This Saturday, I had my first run as a bridesmaid. I have a very small group of tight-knit friends. I went to one wedding for a girl in my bible study last year, it was wonderful. A little big – and I only knew a handful of people there – but the joy was palpable. This last weekend, was my second wedding – for one of my best friends in the whole wide world. We affectionately call each other K^2 (we share the same name – different spellings).
I took off a few days from work to go and help out – do bridesmaids’ duties before the wedding. K^2 was the least demanding bride I have ever met. But she was still a little bit anxious. When she picked me up from the airport – she had a list of things she was worried weren’t going to get done in time. The next morning, the other two bridesmaids showed up and with the extra sets of hands – we were able to knock out the list rather quickly. The bride was very appreciative.
You can’t have a wedding without a bachelorette party! But again, my friend was a very low-key bride. Her only request was that we go dancing (she’s a wonderful dancer). We found this wonderful little club downtown that had an hour lesson and then opened up into salsa club. We had a wonderful time dancing the night away.
The next day we had the rehersal and a big family lunch. It was nice to get to know everyone a little bit better – and I got to meet the groomsmen I was going to be walking down the aisle with. Turns out – the groomsmen had a little boy – who wouldn’t let go of his daddy- I got to be walked down by two escorts.
We went to bed pretty early that night – the wedding was at 9:30 am the next day! I think K^2 got up at 3:30 – I just remember getting up to go to the bathroom and she was already up and packing her things for the day. I remember giving her a big hug and then going back to bed. She was gone (to her hair and makeup appointment) when I woke up again. That gave me and the other bridesmaids the run of the bathroom as we got ready for the big day!
The wedding itself was a pretty simple ceremony. I think it was about half an hour. But it was beautiful – I cried. Th pastor was wonderfully funny, and also emphasized that marriage was supposed to represent the relationship between Christ and His Church. It was well-done and ended with K^2 skipping back up the aisle with her new husband! (She didn’t even trip over her train!)
The reception had a wonderful brunch – and there were a ton of board games to play! And I got to catch up with some of my old college friends that attended too. We played a card game and then a domino game! That is – until the mother-of-the-bride came up and dragged me on to the dance floor. I had a blast dancing with the bride’s family.
Scattered in-between was a ton of pictures. I can’t wait to see them!
I just have to say congratulations to my best friend again. K^2 – know that I’m still praying for you and that I send my blessings along with you to this new phase of life!