all I have are iPhone snaps for now, but I'm hoping to share some of the official photographs later!
I think I'm still on a high from this past weekend, when my Roomie, Amanda, got married to Dustin! The whole weekend was just packed with l o v e, the most beautiful Tennessee backdrop, and actually quite a few of my close friends out here.
We were out in Pulaski, TN, at Milky Way Farms, named after Milky Way, the candy bar (seriously). Legend says that Frank Mars (of a little candy company called Mars) hopped off a train en route to Florida, fell in love with Middle Tennessee, and built an estate here. The ceremony and reception took place in what used to be stables; and we stayed, had the rehearsal dinner, and got ready in the amazing historical manor home. The highlight of the weekend was obviously the actual nuptials, but staying in that house was freaking cool.
But back to the wedding. I couldn't get over the specific feeling that was everywhere. I tried to soak that in, and every moment leading up to the actual "I Do's": making our bouquets at the giant dining table, walking down the aisle during rehearsal, running to see Amanda when I woke up on Saturday, watching her walk out to us bridesmaids after putting her dress on, and watching Dustin cry at the beginning of the ceremony. I just kept thinking- these are ("moments 4 life", as I like to say), and only things you get to experience by being IN a wedding. When else am I going to be staying in a giant house with some of my best friends, spending an entire day hanging around, dancing to Beyonce, and getting ready?
I cried through nearly everything, even right up until I gave my speech, which went well! To be fair, my speech came directly after a heartfelt Daddy-Daughter dance. I lamented about crying about everything to Amanda's sweet grandpa and he said, "That's ok, that just means you have a sincere heart." So THERE. I'll take this moment to give a huge shout-out to Amanda's family that I just adore, every single one of them. I loved getting to see them all and share the day with them!
And now Amanda is Mrs. Amanda Wilder, which, will take me a while to get used to. But I told her I'd be waiting at their newlywed pad when they got back from their honeymood :D
So, wedding #1 of 2015 is in the books! Now that I have one under my belt, I am so excited to be celebrating with my best friends all year long. Also, Andrea & Ethan got engaged over the weekend, so this officially concludes Wedding Watch 2015. No seriously. None of my other close friends can get married. I might lose my mind.