How to be a great bridesmaid

If you’re in your twenties, you know that every year for the last five years has been “the year of the weddings.” The movie 27 Dresses has really taken on a deeper meaning for you, thanks to the number of wedding invitations on your fridge and retired bridesmaid dresses in your already overstuffed closet.

I’ve lost count of how many weddings I’ve been to in the last few years. Farm weddings, church weddings, plantation weddings, outdoor weddings, beach weddings, golf club weddings…you name it. I think we have 6 or 7 (including our own wedding) this year alone. There are few things that bring me greater joy than getting to see my friends find love and decide to love that person for the rest of their lives. I love marriage and I love love, so weddings are my kind of thing.

I’ve also had the privilege of being a bridesmaid to several friends as they’ve said their vows. I’ve helped bustle gowns (I can find those tiny buttons on any gown, any day), hold bouquets, dry up happy tears, pep talk, throw showers, direct picture time and wedding dress shop. And then when I got married, I somehow lucked out with the world’s greatest maid of honor (my sister) and bridesmaids. Seriously, these girls were lifesavers during wedding season and on the big day. Continue reading


Our Wedding Day

On April 11th I had the privilege of marrying the man I call my best friend. The fact that three months have already passed since our wedding day is really crazy to me. I mean, wasn’t I just stressing over details and doing the crazy wedding planning dance!? (By the way, out of state wedding planning is absolutely nuts). Before our wedding, I would pray all the time that our marriage would be far more beautiful and joyful than our wedding. Our wedding was beyond what I could’ve imagined, so this marriage has a lot to live up to. But honestly, I think it’s up for the challenge! It’s been a beautiful three months with lots of challenges, changes and adventures. I see why marriage is such a great thing and how it teaches you so much about yourself, your spouse and life.

Enjoy a few photos and details about our wedding attire, decorations and other ideas! These photos put the biggest smile on my face. Also, stay tuned for posts about lessons I’ve learned in marriage, wedding planning tips and details about our Italian honeymoon. Continue reading