Remember the bachelorette party that was mentioned in Less Blogging. More Living. for my friend, Jessie? Well the wedding day quickly came and went soon after the party ended. May 19, 2012 Jessie and Jeff tied the knot!
The day was beautiful; perfect weather for an outdoor wedding!
|Me, Jessie, Gretchen at rehearsal dinner|
|The bridal party (with little Shane)|
We woke up on The Big Day and started the mad rush of getting showered and heading to the reception to decorate. We arrived at Fountain Head Country Club and there were already chairs set up and the vendors had started putting up the drapery.
We started putting together the centerpieces, laying out the chocolate truffles (YUM!), getting the guest book and place cards in order. Then the cake arrived! (YUM!) It was all looking so beautiful!
|The delicious blingy cake|
|The centerpieces (before the pink LED and floating candles)|
|Beautiful black and pink montage|
|The gift table|
After we did all the decorating, we headed to Sagittaruis Salon to get our hair and make up done! I didn't get any pictures of the bride getting her hair done, but you'll see the finished product soon :)
|Me and Gretchen|
|I LOVED my hair! I wish I could do this myself all the time!|
|The breath-taking bride|
|I love her!|
We returned to the limo (which was a very nice touch) and waited for the "GO" saying that we can start our way down the aisle. The guys looked very handsome and the groom was very happy. Jessie and Jeff are probably the cutest couple I know! Giddy just because they're in each other's presence. It was cute!
|Jessie's son, Shane carrying a "Here comes the bride" sign|
|Jessie with her mom and younger son, Cameron|
|A kiss to seal the deal!|
|The new Mr. and Mrs.!|
|"And they lived happily ever after"|
It was a short and sweet ceremony. I'll never forget the way Jeff looked at Jessie as they exchanged vows (I think I had the best seat in the house, aside from the bride). It was such a genuinely happy smile. And the way Jessie literally jumped up and down like a kid's first time at Disney, as they were being pronounced husband and wife. Like I said: "Cutest couple ever!"
We had some more amazing pictures taken! Here's a few.
|Myself, Fawn, Jessie, Christina, Gretchen|
|Showin' some friendly love to the groom|
|I love this picture!|
|Here's Jessie...worried she's going to get dropped|
|The lovely newlyweds!|
It was at this point that we came inside the reception area and my big spotlight moment was next on the agenda. My Speech! I'm not what you'd consider a good public speaker by any means. I get terrified in front of a crowd to perform a speech or sing karaoke...BUT...with a pretty well written speech, some good practice in front of Justin (thanks, babe), I did a darn good job! (GO ME!!) :) And even got a few chuckles from the sweetheart table in front of me, as well as the rest of the guests.
And for the rest of the evening, we danced the night away! This is usually my favorite part! ;)
|Slow dancing with my honey|
|I'm not even really sure what I'm doing here...|
|Me, Takia, Gretchen and Fawn|
|Jessie and I|
|Gretchen and I mimicking Justin's "dance"|
I had never played the role of a Matron of Honor before. I have never felt more honored (Hence the title, I'm sure) and privileged to stand beside a person through all of the stressful wedding planning and preparation. I enjoyed it thoroughly and would do it all over again for Jessie in a heartbeat! :) Love you, Jess!
|One Happy Family!|