Lindsey and Clay’s Wedding!

The morning started bright and early for me.  I got up at 6:45 and went for a run before the day got started.  I ran out to the church which seemed appropriate and back.  Hartsville was so charming, I really loved running there.

When I got home, I busted butt getting ready to head to the bridal breakfast.  The food was great (I even had the grits!) and everyone really enjoyed themselves before starting the getting ready craziness.  We all got up and said a few words about how we know Lindsey and what not.  Once again, there were more than a few tears.  Those women had the key to my water works for sure!

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Linds, her momma and future mother in law

Linds, her momma and future mother in law

 

After breakfast it was game time.  I went for the first hair appointment at 11 while the other girls headed to make final adjustments at the reception venue.  I pretty much hung out there all day (until about 3:30) when we were all finally finished getting pretty!

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We had just enough time to dart into her aunt’s house and grab a quick pulled pork sandwich before heading over to the church to start getting ready!!

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We took a few fun pictures before the ceremony with just the bride and her bridesmaids and then it was show time!

The ceremony was perfect: heartfelt, emotional, beautiful and the perfect length.  It wasn’t a race through it but it wasn’t too long either!  I felt so honored and amazed to be standing with them on this most special day.  I am so glad she asked me to be a part of it because seeing the love they have just really makes me believe it can really work!

After the ceremony we took the million combinations of pictures, including the jumping picture which is much more challenging in real life than everyone makes it look.  I may have gotten the jump right but I am fairly certain my face can’t be good, AT ALL!

Post pictures it was party time!  We headed over to the venue, had some great food, drinks and dance our little tails off.

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During Casey's speech, he clearly said something funny!

During Casey’s speech, he clearly said something funny!

 

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Dancing her beautiful heart out!

Dancing her beautiful heart out!

 

Case and I before leaving...so much love all around!

Case and I before leaving…so much love all around!

 

Lindsey and Clay’s wedding was truly amazing.  Lindsey, if/when you read this, know that you made the most beautiful bride (I am sure you have already been told this a million times).  But also know that you make the most beautiful friend and I am so lucky to have you in my life, not just on your wedding day but in each day of my life!!

Sorry to every one else, that got sappy at the end, but I kinda like her a lot!

Hope you all had a great Monday.  P.S. the first day of my big exams went great, hopefully tomorrow will go just as well!!

Wedding Weekend: Rehearsal Dinner

We are finally home and I am exhausted but I thought I would hit at least part of the amazing weekend we had!!

Friday after checking into our hotel and getting ready we headed to the church for the actual rehearsal.  Lindsey was already glowing and was just so happy about everything.  She has honestly been the most perfect bride.  So sweet and kind, and just herself the whole time!

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After taking down notes and learning our cues and shedding a few tears (yes I know it was just the rehearsal), we left the church and headed for the dinner portion of the evening.  The food was fantastic and it was so nice to chat and swap stories with all of her and Clay’s friends and family that we hadn’t had the privilege of meeting yet.

The beautiful couple!

The beautiful couple!

Linds and the bridesmaids (minus one)

Linds and the bridesmaids (minus one)

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Lindsey and her amazing momma!

Lindsey and her amazing momma!

Lindsey and I

Lindsey and I

Groom and Groomsmen

Groom and Groomsmen

After many people had left, I was finally able to give her the gift that I had greatly anticipated for months.  I made a photo book of all of the events leading up to the wedding (showers, bachlorette, dress fittings, etc) and had all of the bridesmaids and her momma write a letter to her and interspersed throughout.  I was so excited about it and I think she really enjoyed it (and hopefully only cried a little).

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Some of her invitations

Some of her invitations

 

I will be sure to recap the actual wedding tomorrow but for now I am going to relax and try to keep calm before I have to take the biggest practical exam of my entire life!!  Praying for calm nerves in the morning!