My Best Friend's Wedding

One thing I have learned is that weddings are completely exhausting. It doesn't matter if it's your wedding or you are just a part of the wedding, you will be completely drained when all is said and done. I had every intention to be in bed sleeping by 9 pm tonight to try and recharge from the weekend....but of course that didn't happen.

That said, Katie and Quentin's wedding was beautiful. It was a super stressful day trying to get everything done before the wedding was set to begin, so we didn't even have time to feel any emotion other than stress for the most part. About 5 minutes before it was time to walk out, Laura, one of the bridesmaids, decided to say a prayer. We all gathered around and OF COURSE we all had to run for tissues as soon as she said Amen. I don't think I've ever been a part of a pre-wedding prayer that didn't end in tears.

 Lacey and Chelsea
 The bride, her junior attendant, and the most gorgeous bouquet ever.
Me and Laura

Katie's dad is a pastor, so after he walked her down the aisle he actually officiated the wedding. Imagine how that went! About thirty seconds into things he said something along the lines of "Katie is my baby girl" and his voice cracked.....and all the bridesmaids dissolved into tears. My mom said the best part was watching all four of us try not to cry. Katie actually held it together quite well. I had a good view of her, and I saw her eyes glistening, but never saw a tear fall. Impressive!!!

Overall, it was a beautiful, emotional wedding, and I'm so honored that she chose me to be a part of it. I thought I had remembered all of my Maid of Honor duties, but on the drive to OKC on Friday morning, we were chatting and Arsen says "So do you have to give a speech?".

Umm. DO I have to give a speech? Crap. I text Katie and she is like well, duh. I'm not one to really prepare for public speaking. I actually really enjoy it and usually just kind of say whatever comes to mind, but for some reason this completely freaked me out. I think it's because I wanted to get across how much I love my amazing friend and her super wonderful man, but I also didn't want to burst into tears. So I tried to come up with something, but ended up just kind of rambling once I got up there.

My mom was so sweet and she decided to record it on her phone so I could see it later. However, she had one of her famous blonde moments and just held her iPhone up on camera mode the entire time and didn't get anything. Gotta love Vicki and her ditzy moments!

It was a weekend full of love and extreme emotion (good and bad) and friends and laughter and dancing and all of the things a good wedding weekend consists of. I'm so incredibly happy for Katie and Q, and I'm even more happy that Katie doesn't have to worry about wedding planning anymore. I know how horribly stressful it can be and I'm still thankful that I will never have to do it again!

I'm also thankful that I am not a part of any weddings in the near's hard work! My wedding was last September, one of my oldest and dearest friends was married in December and I was a bridesmaid, and now Katie in April. Luckily no one else is on the radar. BUT, I am blessed in the fact that I have TWO best friends, and my Rachel is still on the market, so I know someday I'll have another one. As long as she gives me some time to recover, I'll be ready to do it all over again when it's her turn.

I'm feeling super mushy after being around so many people that I loved this weekend, so I'm just going to stop before I get all emo on everyone. But to all my friends who might be reading this, I adore you all :)

 Me and the hubby

 The Newlyweds!
 Two of my very favorite ladies :)
My lovely Mom

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