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.