The Wedding

Congratulations to my big sister Jamie and my new brother-in-law Josh! They got married August 1st in Lexington. The weather was great for that one day, as it rained every day before and after. Here’s the bridal party. The adorable flower girls are Josh’s nieces.

I was a bridesmaid and I also had to carry Josh’s ring, which I found out the day before and which made me very paranoid. I was so afraid I would drop it! But don’t worry, I’m not that clumsy. The ceremony was perfect, and actually, I can’t think of anything that went wrong the entire weekend. Of course since Josh’s family and friends had never met me or seen me, they all commented on how Jamie and I look so much alike. Apparently EVERYONE thinks we practically look like twins (this annoyed me to no end in high school when her friends constantly confused us) but I just don’t see it. Sometimes I don’t think we look like we’re related at all.

During the reception, I successfully avoided being shoved on the dance floor for the bouquet toss because I am NOT in any way single, thank you very much. I wish the US had something comparable to PACSing because I’m not sure how to describe it properly so people understand that it is almost marriage. The Best Man speech was by far the most hilarious speech I have ever heard. I wish I would have thought to record it, but sadly I don’t think anyone did.

But I think the best part of the night was the photo booth. For anyone planning a wedding, this is an awesome idea. Guests take funny pictures of themselves and paste them into a scrapbook for the bride and groom to keep. All of us bridesmaids decided to take individual photos (which is hard since you only have 5 seconds between shots) and then shove all 5 heads into the last frame. Et voilà, a Brady Bunch type photo:

Then later Liz and I had a bit too much fun playing with the props:

As well as the numerous stuffed animals throughout the Inn:

Ah, great memories. After the wedding, we drove over to the coast where Jamie & Josh live so we could see their new house which has a nice inground pool that the dog adores. Can you say jealous? I wish David & I could live in a big house someday with a pool and backyard, but I know that will probably never happen in France. Anyway, we spent Monday in D.C. – my first time in the nation’s capital! – and then drove straight back to Michigan, arriving at 6 AM Tuesday. I’ve barely gotten any sleep this past week, and I’ve only got two full days left here before I head back to France. I’ll post the D.C. pictures soon, but for now it’s bedtime.

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  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,
    Thank you for sharing; beautiful photo of the bride & groom with their maids & best men !
    Wonderful meories for you & your family.

    I can imagine how lost relatives were when you tried to explain a PACS… Mission impossible.

    You know, back when I came to France, there was no other option for US citizens wanting to live with their sig other then legally in France than mariage. We did want to marry then, but maybe for other people, if PACS had existed then, they would have chosen that option.
    Times have changed .

    Enjoy DC and the rest of your trip.
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..Thank you Leesa ! =-.

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,
    Thank you for sharing; beautiful photo of the bride & groom with their maids & best men !
    Wonderful meories for you & your family.

    I can imagine how lost relatives were when you tried to explain a PACS… Mission impossible.

    You know, back when I came to France, there was no other option for US citizens wanting to live with their sig other then legally in France than mariage. We did want to marry then, but maybe for other people, if PACS had existed then, they would have chosen that option.
    Times have changed .

    Enjoy DC and the rest of your trip.
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..Thank you Leesa ! =-.

  • http://ausoleillevant.blogspot.com au soleil levant

    Felicitations! The pictures are beautiful, looks like it was a really lovely wedding. The photo booth is an awesome idea!
    .-= au soleil levant´s last blog ..The Shores of Michigan =-.

  • http://ausoleillevant.blogspot.com/ au soleil levant

    Felicitations! The pictures are beautiful, looks like it was a really lovely wedding. The photo booth is an awesome idea!
    .-= au soleil levant´s last blog ..The Shores of Michigan =-.

  • http://www.american-in-france.com/ cynthia in chambery

    What a great event and it looks like you had a wonderful time. And yes, you do look very much like your sister. Sorry. Being in the US is not just being in another country but a lot like being on another planet. Keep having fun! Cynthia in Chambery
    .-= cynthia in chambery´s last blog ..Traveling in France: Dordogne, France – An Overview of the Region =-.

  • http://www.american-in-france.com cynthia in chambery

    What a great event and it looks like you had a wonderful time. And yes, you do look very much like your sister. Sorry. Being in the US is not just being in another country but a lot like being on another planet. Keep having fun! Cynthia in Chambery
    .-= cynthia in chambery´s last blog ..Traveling in France: Dordogne, France – An Overview of the Region =-.

  • http://noemagosa.wordpress.com/ N

    Hi Jenny, I think you could safely say that you are sort-of married as in a civil ceremony… I know PACS is not the same, but I confess that I consider it at the same level.

    (And why not get married instead of Pasced? I don’t see the point, but that’s just me. I don’t understand why people like big weddings either!) :-)
    .-= N´s last blog ..Here, there, everywhere =-.

  • http://noemagosa.wordpress.com N

    Hi Jenny, I think you could safely say that you are sort-of married as in a civil ceremony… I know PACS is not the same, but I confess that I consider it at the same level.

    (And why not get married instead of Pasced? I don’t see the point, but that’s just me. I don’t understand why people like big weddings either!) :-)
    .-= N´s last blog ..Here, there, everywhere =-.

  • Jamie

    Wow that looks so amazing. (The only thing that went wrong was letting someone alphabetize after 4 beers!) I don’t really know if we do look similar in these pictures. Maybe in others…did you check my blog? The photographer had a crush on you.

  • Jamie

    Wow that looks so amazing. (The only thing that went wrong was letting someone alphabetize after 4 beers!) I don’t really know if we do look similar in these pictures. Maybe in others…did you check my blog? The photographer had a crush on you.

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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