I borrowed this photo from Skytop’s webpage, but this is pretty much what the ceremony looked like. Except with rose petals scattered down the aisle! Absolutely gorgeous.
I creepily took this photo during cocktail hour. I love the curtains and want these at my wedding now.
This was without a doubt one of the most fun, most beautiful weddings I’ve ever been to and am just a little envious that I’m not getting married there. (But still love our venue!) Every little detail was perfect and I’m pretty sure the entire evening my jaw continued to drop open in amazement.
The backstory: When I first started dating Brendan 5.5 years ago, Ben was his roommate and coworker. (Well, my coworker too, but I never really saw them at work.) We all hung out often and spent holidays together. I always referred to us as “The Three Musketeers.”
Here we are in 2011 on our “spontaneous day of fun”. Yes, that’s what we called it.
Eventually Ben moved in with Brendan, myself, and our other roommate Aaron. Ben’s family would come to visit from Kentucky every once in awhile and we’d all spend lots of time together. And THENNNN Ben met Erin and moved out (wahh!) but she’s truly the most wonderful, perfect girl for him and overall an amazing person. I couldn’t be more thrilled for the two of them. I definitely shed more than a few tears of happiness throughout the evening, including one particular point in time on the dance floor when Ben came over to hug Brendan and me and we were dancing in this little circle and I started hysterically crying. Sigh. I can’t help myself.
It’s hard to put into words how thankful I am for Ben and Erin’s friendship and the wonderful example they set when it comes to love: love for each other, their families, even their adorable Goldendoodle Louie.
We babysat Louie a few weeks ago and anytime I stepped outside, he’d be watching in the window. So cute.
Their wedding day was filled with love. You could see it through their relationships with their families and friends (and how welcoming and fun they all are), and the speeches we heard at the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, and reception.
Each pair in the bridal party had their own entance song. Amazing.
I’m so glad I was there to celebrate with them and be surrounded by that kind of joy (which sounds a little cheesy typing out, but whatever, it’s true!) I think my favorite part was when, at the end of the ceremony, a bag-piper began walking down the aisle toward the bride and groom. Erin’s face was priceless, she had absolutely no idea he was coming; Ben surprised her because her family is Irish and she loves bagpipes. She put her face in her hands and started crying and hugging Ben, and my heart just swelled with happiness. (Annnnnd now I’m crying again.)
The happy couple!
After big events and time spent doing anything BUT work, I always start reflecting. And lucky you, you get to read my rambling thoughts!
I’ve realized I very easily get caught up in the day-to-day. Over the past 6 months, I’ve really gotten into a solid routine. Mainly because I HAVE to. Every moment of my week is planned out. With my commute, my quest for cleaner eating, and my fitness goals, I feel like I spend so much time prepping and packing and planning and am so focused on the little things that I miss out on the big picture. I dimiss friend time because I don’t want to get behind on whatever’s waiting for me at the moment. The dishes. The laundry. Cooking. Or because I have no money. Because I need to get to sleep on time. When I finish the work day, I always just want to work out then go home and relax before I have to do it all over again. Socializing can seem daunting, which I hate saying. But in moments like this, I want to smack myself as a reminder that the people in my life are most important, and I can’t let these little things get in the way of my relationships.
Being surrounded by such wonderful, welcoming people (some who I only met this weekend) made me so, so genuinely happy. Well, that and the time spent perfecting my dance moves. (Dancing at weddings is probably my most favorite thing ever.) This weekend (and last weekend ) reminded me how great it feels to get away from my routine. To be surrounded by friends. To dress up. (I did my hair and put on a dress and high heels…TWICE. Crazy.)
Me and my handsome husband-to-be!
Weddings are seriously the best. Congratulations again, Ben & Erin!
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