After months and months of planning, my mother, “otha mothas”, friends, and I put together the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen!
On Saturday, October 14th, I said “I Do!” to Stephen at Shady Grove United Methodist Church in Glen Allen, VA and held a reception at the Fox Hall Clubhouse, in the neighborhood where I grew up.
It was, without a doubt in my mind, the best day of my entire life (so far)! It went off without a hitch!
I want to make some not-so-formal, public thank yous:
I cannot thank everyone who helped us design, plan, and put on the perfect day. To my mother’s dearest friends and my “otha mothas”: thank you for helping us to design and assemble the reception space, as well as attending my bridal shower. The amount of love and hard work is so deeply appreciated and reciprocated.
To my friends: all of your support, suggestions, link shares, idea boards, etiquette books, magazines, wine-fueled planning conversations…I will always treasure. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful women and men who wanted nothing more than to see Stephen and I happy. We adore you. (Oh! and thank you to one friend in particular for calling me in nausea meds the night before the big day!)
To Stephen’s Groomsmen: Thank you for making sure Stephen got everywhere he needed to be, fully dressed and ready. You all looked so good in those tux’s!! But really, the four of you are such dear friends…we’re so grateful for everything you have done for us as a couple over the years.
To my bridesmaids: thank you for standing by my side…you were there from the first day I met him, and you’ve seen me through everything. Caity and Allicia…I love you both and truly cannot thank you enough!
To my maid of honor: Caroline, I adore you. You’re my baby sister, and I couldn’t have imagined that day without you in it. Thank you for coming and partying with us! You looked gorgeous! I love you.
To my matron of honor: Lydia, you did so much more than anyone could have expected of you. You work 7 days, flew from Las Vegas to be with me and help mom and I plan and out everything together. You’re a champ! Thank you for helping me speak up for myself and reminding me that it’s my day, and I’m not allowed to say “sure, that’s fine” because you knew it wasn’t fine. Your hugs, hand holds, smiles….thank you for being my dress fluffer and bouquet holder. I love you, Mrs. Miles.
To my new Mother-in-law and Sisters-in-law: The luncheon and rehearsal were a dream! I have never seen that gazebo look as beautiful as it did that friday night. I’m so blessed to have the 3 of you in my life, thank you for welcoming me into your family with open arms.
To my father: thank you for helping to keep Mama stable (somewhat) and for taking me on the best walk I’ll ever take with you. That dance wasn’t too bad either!
Finally, to my mother: Thank you for helping make all of my wedding dreams come true. The artwork for the programs, helping me lay out the invitation, finding the best rentals, caterer, and florist north of the James, and helping me into that big white dress for the 4th time…Thank you.
My friends and family put everyone else’s to shame…truly. Stephen and I will never forget that perfect day!!!