As promised, here is finally my post about my good friend Carey’s wedding! It took place in Keystone, CO and the weather/scenery was amazing. The leaves were just starting to change but there was a crisp feel to the air that let you know that fall was on its way.
Most of us arrived Friday afternoon before the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner. The groom’s parents were gracious enough to host us at dinner at the Keystone Lodge. Dinner was amazing and it was great to be able to catch up with everyone.
Saturday morning I was up early and got a great workout in since I knew we were in for several hours of getting ready and I would already be jittery with emotions so I thought it would be best to tire myself out a little bit.
We were treated to champagne and a cheese plate in the bridal suite while we got ready. We all got our hair done and Carey had gift bags for all of us. We each received a beautiful wrap, a ridiculously soft monogrammed robe, gorgeous earrings, and the sweetest note from the bride.
It was such a nice time being able to spend time with friends (my own and the ones who I have gained through this wedding) just laughing and crying (not too much). I can’t speak for other wedding parties, but I think that we all can agree that we all have a special bond after this wedding. It speaks volumes about Carey that she picked such wonderful girls (I’m talking about them, not myself!) and that we all got along so well. We spent a lot of time trying to think of dirty jokes and complimenting Carey on her butt so that we wouldn’t burst into tears.
The gorgeous bridesmaids and the awesome robes! I slept in mine that night because it was so cozy.
Carey thoughtfully had mine monogrammed with my soon to be future initials (yes, that of course made me cry). Another fun fact, my new initials are the first letters of my siblings and me- it’s the little things.
Oh do you not take pictures of yourself in the mirror to send to your mom so that she can see your hairstyle and the new robe you got?
Yeah me either…
Our beautiful bouquets
The wedding went off without a hitch and there was not a dry eye in the wedding party- even the groomsmen teared up. Carey told me that she lost her cool when she saw the piece of paper that he had written his vows on. They dated for a time in high school before going their separate ways in college and during that time, Carey painted a watercolor of the beach of Taylor. He had saved that painting and that was what he wrote his vows on- try not to cry at this point .
After a great dinner and a speedy cake cutting, it was time for the bridal party to be announced and for the party to get started!
Carey and Taylor had a cute first dance that started out slow and then turned into a two step- their dance lessons definitely paid off!
The boys got feisty about who was going to catch the garter
I don’t have any pictures of the whole wedding party since I was in the wedding and was already in the photographer’s way the whole time. She had to keep saying “excuse me” and apologizing- I told her just to slap me next time I was in her way. (Btw, the photographer was so sweet and Carey said she’s great so check out her photo blog http://www.mariannebrownphotography.com/)
I still can’t believe that they were able to pull off this incredible event in just four months, but if anyone could do it, it’s Carey. She and I are so much alike and I can’t wait until she is able to move to Colorado. She and I are early morning workout buddies, both organized and meticulous, probably bossy at times, we were engaged at the same time, and we will be newlyweds at the same time. I always thought it was silly when people tell the bride or groom that they are proud of them, I mean are you proud that they found someone to put up with them forever? But in the few moments on Saturday that I had alone with Carey, I had an overwhelming sense that I was proud of her. She is an amazing young woman who goes after what she believes in and I was able to see all of that in a quick moment.
Carey, I am so happy for you and I am so honored to have been a part of your big day. You were a beautiful bride and Taylor is the luckiest guy. I can’t wait to follow in your shoes next June, happy honeymoon!
Sorry for all of my readers who are not as wedding obsessed as I am, but I couldn’t resist doing a post about a great friend and a beautiful wedding!
Are you a wedding crier or do you have better control over your emotions than I do?
How do you feel about the trend of unplugged wedding (i.e. no phones, cameras, etc)?