Amy’s highly anticipated day had finally arrived. And when I say finally, I mean it. These two dated 8 years and were engaged for 1.5 years. There is no other word to accurately describe that wait than finally! Alas, finally, it was here. We started out the day bright and early at Salon 21for all of us girlies to get our hair done. Well, I retract the “bright” part. That morning I woke up to an all-out thunderstorm, complete with torrential downpours and lightening. In my mind, I couldn’t help but think, “Did God forget to give Amy a pretty day for her outdoor wedding?” I mean she was blessed with the best family, friends and fiance you could ever ask for. Can’t have it all I guess. ;) But I think God really meant for that wedding to take place at Caffe Luna. It was a gorgeous ceremony, and Amy was so CALM! Literally, calm as a cucumber. :) She pretty much floated all morning. She was the same sweet Amy that she always is. I don’t think anyone has ever been more prepared to marry their best friend than this girl.
We all made it back to the hotel to help Amy get ready and took lots of pictures with the AMAZING Rachel of Millie Holloman Photography. I have to admit, I was SUPER bummed when Millie broke her ankle the week before Amy’s wedding and had to cancel personally shooting her wedding. I had no doubts regarding Rachel’s ability to produce phenomenal photos like Millie, but I am a bit of a Millie fan and I was giddy with excitement to meet her. Oh well. Hopefully one day I will get to meet her for my wedding. :)
We scooted off to Caffe Luna for the wedding and reception and everything went just perfectly. Amy asked me to read a poem called “Advice from a Tree” during the ceremony and I was pretty nervous about that, but it went very well. I was only nervous after talking to the Tar Heel who said “You know, this is their wedding and you’re speaking in it. There isn’t a practice round, you only get one good shot!” Thanks, babe.
I cannot tell you all how much fun we had. We all (all being me, the Tar Heel, Amy, Matthew, Amy’s sister Megan, Amy’s sister Megan’s boyfriend Taylor, Mindy and her husband Will) wore that dance floor out!! We were the only ones on the dance floor basically all night, with the exception of when the Tar Heel grabbed Mindy’s mom, Mrs. Becky out onto the floor. It was so much fun, and their Rickshaw sparkler exit was a classic!
I was so happy to be a part of Amster’s day. She has been such a wonderful friend to me over the years and I know there are no two people more perfectly matched for each other than Amy and Matthew. I use to joke that if they couldn’t make it, absolutely no one else in the world could. They completely complete each other. :) So, here are some of my favorite pictures from the evening. (All photos taken by the Tar Heel with the exception of the last one of us, taken by Rachel of MHP)
My favorite part of the entire weekend was just being able to spend time with Amy and other sweet friends. I have missed her so much since she moved to Maryland, but I know our friendship has only grown stronger despite the distance. Sure, I miss not being able to call Amy and schedule an impromptu date at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Southpoint like we use to do. But that is just what made her wedding weekend a little extra special. Finally being able to see her again and under such happy circumstances was an absolute delight!
We started off the official wedding weekend plans with a Bridal Luncheon held at 518 West. The colors were baby blue and brown (one of my favorite color combos currently). Mindy found blue Ball jars that Amy really wanted, and filled the beautiful jars with wildflowers and some from Mrs. Becky’s garden. Mindy got so “tickled” about her “tablecloths” because they were actually shower curtains, and while she didn’t want anyone to know this fact before the event, she managed to tell each and every one of us at the bridal luncheon. But that is just so Mindy! I love her for being such a sweet and genuine, down-to-earth person. At the end of the luncheon, she even let me have one of the shower curtains since those are my bathroom colors. Love that Mindy! :)
The Rehearsal at the Rose Garden, where the wedding was to be held, ended up getting rained out and we had to practice under a little shelter. This was a bit of foreshadowing. Nonetheless, after the rehearsal, we made our way to Porter’s Tavern for the Rehearsal Dinner. The Tar Heel joined me, and we all had a wonderful time laughing, crying and toasting the couple-to-be. Amy and Matthew made a “timeline” slideshow of their lives set to “Lie in our Graves” by Dave Matthews Band (uhm, hello, my friends have excellent taste in music). The best part of the night was when Amy and Matthew distributed these awesome books they made for each of us. Amy and Matthew both wrote something special about each of us in the bridal party and each of their family members and compiled them into this book called “Love: Yours and Ours.” It was AMAZING! I cried and cried reading what each of them wrote about me. Such a sweet and thoughtful gift that gives happiness each and everytime I read it. Now, for pictures of the Rehearsal Dinner day/night!
…Therefore this post is going to be in list format (in no particular order) and with limited content. Sorry folks. This Monday has been pretty difficult so far, most likely due to the fact this weekend was Awesome with a capital A and I am still recovering.
1. Chick-fil-a yogurt parfaits are aaaaaahhh-mazing. I just inhaled the granola topping yogurt with strawberries. Delightful!
2. The Tar Heel and I went on our first photo shoot together involving other people! A friend of the Tar Heel’s wanted some pretty pictures of her and her sister for Mother’s Day (which is this Sunday, by the way). The girls were both beautiful and fun to work with, which made everything much easier. Clearly I am not the photographer in this relationship but I did get to guide the girls on what to do and that was so.much.fun. I also helped the Tar Heel narrow down the 1,100 or so shots to 75 pretty pictures. Here’s one of the outtakes which showcases the beautiful light we got to work with. I don’t want to reveal too much and ruin any surprises!
3. Reunited with my Amster and it feels so good! I had so much fun at the “Ladies Night Out” dinner held for Amy by her aunts. My favorite part was when we all got to stand up and tell how we know Amy and share a fun memory. I shared the same memory I always share with everyone–how we lived in the smallest dorm room on campus and loved every minute of it! We all laughed, cried, and celebrated the fact that our favorite Amy Lou is marrying her best friend in 3 weeks. It was a wonderful night! Here’s Amy and I, post-tears and a huge dinner so disregard the red eyes/swelling. Ha ha ha.
4. My Tar Heel did AWESOME at the tournament this weekend! Friday night he won both matches in each division he was entered in and Saturday morning he played a TOUGH match that he ended up winning, qualifying him for the Semi-Finals!! He then won his second round in his other division, causing him to win that division over all. He even got a trophy :) Unfortunately the semi-finals and championship rounds were to be played on Sunday and since he works at a church, he had to forfeit the games. I was definitely sad for him, but so PROUD regardless! He would have definitely won that championship if he could have played. My view of the Tar Heel warming up from above the court.
5. If you live in Goldsboro and frequent the restaurant Sumo like we do, you will love this. A couple of weeks ago the Tar Heel and I were there and waited several minutes before we were waited on. The owner happened to stop by and we told him we hadn’t even given our drink order yet and he immediately sent us a server as well as a free appetizer. We went again yesterday and saw that the tables now have a “Call Button” for service!! Awesome!! One more reason to love that place.