Sweekend.

Over the weekend, this girl took a leap.

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She {her name is Tiffany, btw} got married!  It was lovely.  I was incredibly blessed to be a part of it as one of her matrons of honor {doesn’t matron of honor make me sound so OLD?  Let’s just call it MOH.}.  Sadly, I don’t have many pictures from the wedding day to share with you.  In fact the following are the full extent of my wedding day photos:

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The lovely bride with two of her photographer friends, one of whom is pulling double duty as makeup artist.

 And this little gem shows me with my wedding hair all undid:

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What can I say?  I wasn’t snap happy for a very good reason – I was too busy.  First of all, being a member of the wedding party makes it a little harder to take the time to snap photos!  Also, I genuinely felt like I should enjoy each moment as it came and soak up time with some wonderful people, gathered together to celebrate a wonderful girl and guy.  I didn’t want to be distracted by trying to track every moment.  Three of Tiff’s lovely and dear friends had their cameras on them at all times and were in charge of photodocumentation.  One of them, Britt from The Fisk Files, will be posting a blog with photos, so I’ll be sure to link to that once she has it posted. In the meantime, I’ll try to paint a picture with words.

It was such a lovely and heartfelt wedding weekend.  On Friday I drove to Tucumcari and spent some time at my parents house in the early afternoon.  I met up with wedding folks at the church at 4:00 for the rehearsal.  Everyone was excited and having a great time – a testament to the bride and the groom and the type of people they are.

Rehearsal done, it was then time for the rehearsal dinner, courtesy of Ty’s parents at Tiff’s parents’ house.  The food was so, so good.  Fajitas!  There was plenty of space to sit and relax and chat with the sweet people who were there to celebrate the happy couple.

The time passed quickly, and soon it was time to go to the home of some of Tiff’s family friends.  The bride and her gals stayed there and we kept our lovely hostess up far too late with the very definition of girl talk.  It was a peaceful and safe and engaging conversation – one that each of us will remember and draw on for comfort and smiles in the future.

Early to rise the next morning!  Tiff had decided to do a 5K on the morning of her wedding.  She’s just that kind of energetic, folks!  Can’t stop, won’t stop.  There were around 7 of us and we each took the 5K through the countryside at our own pace.  I managed to jog the entire distance, so you better believe that’s counting for my 30-by-30 5K!  After the run, there was some tasty breakfast, prepared by our hosts, and lots of pre-wedding chatter and laughs.

Then it was time to get ready and get ready we did!  Makeup, hairspray, tasty chicken Caesar salad – I can’t emphasize enough how awesome our hosts were! – and all that is wonderful on a wedding day.  The time flew by in a flurry of activity and soon we bridesmaids were all dressed and standing at the bottom of the staircase.  As you may recall from this post, she had narrowed the dresses down to two and didn’t tell us which one she’d picked.  For a quick refresher, here are the top two:

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It was the moment of truth.  On the count of three, we turned around and the lovely bride was standing at the top of the stairs.  She chose the mermaid style gown with the illusion neckline (on the right in the above photo)!!  I was certain that she’d chosen the other dress, so I hope my surprised face is not horribly grotesque in the photos of the reveal.  Because I was genuinely surprised, in the best possible way.  She absolutely chose the perfect dress.  She was a vision.  We all hugged and posed for photos and then it was time to go to her parents farm for more pictures.

Standing in the wheat field, with little ladybugs (good luck!) crawling up between the layers of tulle, Tiffany looked absolutely radiant.  The groomsmen proved that chivalry is not dead by offering us bridesmaids a ride back to the house in their little SUV when we thought we were going to have to hoof it back.

We all made our way to the church and it was go time!  The ceremony went well (I did not drop the groom’s ring on the floor, which meant mission accomplished for this girl) and there was so much love!  And a little humor.  For example, the sweet little flower girl spotted her grandpa as she was walking down the aisle and she rushed into his arms.  He picked her up and she thrust the basket of flower petals into his hands, declaring, “You hold it!”  Then they walked the rest of the way down the aisle with him holding the basket and her flinging fistfuls of petals onto the runner.  In another light moment, the preacher paused after posing the question that if anyone objects to this union, let them speak now or forever hold their peace, and the bride’s father said, “That’s long enough!” when the pause lasted a smidgeon too long for his liking.

After the ceremony there were more pictures and then we reception-ed it up!  Lots of delicious food, dancing, and chatter filled that convention center.  There were over three hundred people in attendance, I’m sure.  The two best men and the other MOH and I each gave a speech – short and heartfelt, all the way around.  The evening passed quickly and it was such a wonderful time.

When I think back on this wedding and reception, I’ll always remember the sense of community that pulsed through the event.  The groom’s grandmother (who is 80 and an amazing lady!) made the cakes.  Some other relatives of the groom took care of the flowers.  The bride’s aunts set up five snack tables around the room.  A local 4-H club handled the tea and water refills.  The bride’s mother and some family friends did a stellar job with burlap and lace decorations.  Friends of the bride did the photography and the hair.  There was such a sense of togetherness in the event.  It was a pleasure to be a part of such a special time.

Tiff is my best friend and is the best kind of friend anyone could wish for, so it really warmed my heart to see her so happy and so in her element.  So surrounded by the people she loves.  I’m so excited for her and Ty and wish them all the happiness.

The following morning, Kevin and I went to my parents house for a little farm fun.  We rode in the back of the pick up to the irrigation ditch and did a little tube irrigating.  Kevin was a natural at getting those tubes started!

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And we hung out with the kittens.  Three weeks old and sooooo precious.

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Then it was biscuits and sausage for breakfast with mom, Dale, Lisa, and my Aunt Jewel.  Good family time!

Kevin and I hit the road after breakfast and made our way home to our sweet little Kiki cat who had been all alone for 24 hours.  Poor thing.  We napped in the afternoon, which was the perfect ending to a great and busy weekend.

Do you sometimes put your phone/camera aside at big events so you’ll be able to just watch what’s going on around you? 

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9 thoughts on “Sweekend.

  1. I’ve definitely tried to be more conscious of soaking in life without a camera, but sometimes I just can’t resist the perfect photo!! Like the one of you with your hurr all fancy, RAWR!

  2. Yes, definitely! Most of the time I can’t resist taking pictures, but once in a while it feels like too much effort; like I’m hiding behind the camera and not fully participating, and then I will put it away.
    But on a more serious note: I canNOT believe that you ladies did a 5k on the day of the wedding! Seriously, that’s the craziest thing I have ever heard, and I LOVE it. Way to be different!
    I’m glad you had such a wonderful weekend, and farm time to boot! I couldn’t be any better. :-)

  3. Sounds like a lovely wedding and weekend! Very well-rounded – A run (amazing!), a wedding, glamorous Brigitte Bardot hair, and farming :) I’m generally not one to have my camera out. I always think of that John Mayer song “3×5″…”Didn’t have a camera by my side this time, hoping I would see the world through both my eyes…” I always just hope someone else is snapping pics.

  4. so many good & happy things in this post. a fajita rehearsal dinner? um, yum and can i be a plus 1? that sounds so fun. know what i also love? a 5k the morning of the wedding – it’s so sweet that the bride’s friends ran with her, and that camaraderie characterized the rest of the day (or, truly, got even sweeter).

  5. I agree, it’s tough to try to take pictures when you’re a part of the event! I’m glad you were able to just put the camera/phone down and be in the moment! It sounds like you had a wonderful time! I love that everything took place on the farm, in the Midwest! That’s a setting that I’ve never really been in, but it sounds beautiful! (And I have no idea what the tube-pipe irrigation thing is either…I guess that’s another thing that I’ve missed never being on a farm.)

  6. I’m the same way… I struggle sometimes with wanting to take a TON of pictures and then realizing that I should be living in the moment! Nate’s brother got married last weekend, and I barely took any pictures. I just really wanted to experience it, so I only took like 5. But it was worth it!! :)
    Oh, and I actually read Britt’s blog, so I can’t wait to see all of the lovely pics!! :)

  7. A 5k on her wedding day?! I am SUPER impressed!! Oh, and I’d totally say that 5k counts for your 30 by 30 list! :) So glad you were able to really enjoy and soak in every moment of Tiff’s wedding!

    Glad you guys had fun out at the farm! Kevin looks so beastly out there digging along! :)

  8. That’s so fun you all did a 5k the morning of! That’s totally something I would want to do :) I think it’s definitely important to put the phone away and just be in the moment of celebrating! :) Oh my gosh…3 week old kittens?! So so adorable!

  9. It really was just the perfect wedding weekend. Than you so, so much for being part of that and helping to make it so special. And also, I love seeing Kevin on the farm. It suits him!

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