In honor of the Royal Wedding today, I thought I would make today’s post all about weddings. But not at all about the Royal Wedding. Honestly, I couldn’t care less about Will and Kate. I have not watched a single special on them, I turn off the Today Show as soon as they go to live coverage in London, and I am honestly kind of resentful that Kate’s engagement ring is the same as the ring I wear on my right hand (only a little bit bigger). I don’t care about the Prince and soon-to-be Princess because they have no impact on my life.
However, weddings have come to take over my life in recent times. But those three weddings are the weddings of people who have a profound influence on my life.
The first of these is taking place in a mere THREE WEEKS and I cannot contain my excitement about it.
Liana & Steve:
When I met Liana, I thought I would never see her again. My first day at my job was her last day. Little did I know that she would come to be one of my closest friends. I think the first time I met Steve was at a girls’ night we held at Liana’s, where he was sequestered to the bedroom. As I got to know them more, I realized they are absolutely perfect for one another. They’ve been together basically forever and are finally tying the knot this year. I look at them and I have hope for true love. I was truly honored this week when Liana asked me to go with her to her bridal hair trial. When she introduced me as “one of my best friends in the world,” I couldn’t help but feel my heart surge with love.
And as they put the finishing touches on her hair, I started to tear up. She looked like a bride! In the year and a half that I have known them, Liana and Steve have become very integral parts of my life and I really can’t imagine my life without them. So many of my favorite memories from my post-college life include them and I am beyond excited to watch them exchange vowels on May 21, to hopefully not cry too much, and to party the night away in celebration.
Alicia & Josh:
The second wedding I’m looking forward to isn’t until August, but I am equally as excited for it! Alicia was my supervisor when I first started my job, and it took a while for us to really hit our groove together. But once we did, we’ve never gone back. I think the turning point was once she was no longer my supervisor and at that point she became my friend and my mentor. We’ve come a long way and we have some conversations that I’m not sure either of us would have with other people. She was the main reason I stayed at the job as long as I did, and I will always be grateful for her support and friendship during that time. I think I met her hubby-to-be, Josh, at happy hour once, and it took a few meetings before we really talked, but I’ve finally gotten to know him better. They complement each other very well and can both make me laugh until it hurts. And hey, if Josh let Kristin and I have the run of their house to prepare a surprise goodbye party for Krissy, he can’t be too bad, right?! I look forward to helping Alicia out as her big day approaches and to watching them celebrate their love for one another in August!
Claire & Kyle:
Last, but definitely not least, is the wedding of Claire and Kyle. I have known Claire since our freshman year at Elon, and Kyle since our sophomore year. Fact: I was wearing nothing more than a bath towel the day I met Kyle because Claire brought him back to our dorm room to hang out without giving me any notice. The very next day, I walked into my 8 a.m. lit class and was greeted by his smiling face. Five years later, they’re engaged to be married. And yes, I am planning to mention the bath towel in a toast at their wedding (or some wedding festivity).
Claire was not only my roommate for a year, but is also one of my best friends in the world. She has seen me at my best and my worst, and loves me anyway. She really found her match in Kyle, and while Kirsten and I often marvel how she changed from tomboy to girly-girl in the five years we’ve all been friends, we love the person she’s become, and a lot of that is due to Kyle. (Not that we didn’t love her before!)
Oddly, while this wedding is furthest away (June 2012!), it’s the one I’m most obsessed with. I’m making her update me on every detail of the planning. Helping her assess dress options. Basically trying to plan it FOR her. And already trying to figure out how I’m going to keep from sobbing like a baby during the ceremony. Oh, and plotting my goals for the day, including dancing with her father (because her dad is awesome).
When they called on Christmas Eve to announce their engagement, I tossed down the camera I was using to photograph my sister and her husband and child to answer the phone. I squealed and could barely contain my excitement for the three days it would be before I saw her and the ring in person. I have had their wedding date on my Google calendar and a countdown on my Mac dashboard since they set the date (407 days to go!). And I am incredibly impatient for their big day to get here. To see them exchange vows, to see which one of them cries first (my bet’s on Kyle), and to take inevitably ridiculous photos with them.
When your best friend finds her soulmate, you can’t help but be happy for her. Although you will still always take photos that look like this:
Well, at least we got one normal one in there.
So, while I will not be watching the Royal Wedding today, I will probably be thinking about at least one of these weddings in some capacity. OK, maybe that “probably” a “definitely.” Because I’ve got wedding fever, and probably will for the next 407 days straight.
(PS – while this posted at 5 a.m., no, I did not wake up to watch anything wedding related. Such is the beauty of scheduling posts on WordPress.)