Tuesday, 9 July 2013

our trip to the states, part one: righteous tears, nine bridesmaids, and a beautiful wedding.

I'm long overdue on telling all y'all about our trip to the States. I've actually been working on my dissertation, and it turns out that I have to use my brain for that. Who knew?

I have so many pictures from our trip that I think this would best be broken into several posts. So we'll start at the very beginning. It's a very good place to start. (Sorry, couldn't resist!)
If you follow me on twitter, you'll have noticed that I tweeted angrily at British Airways. Why? Because our flight from Gatwick to Orlando was delayed by a full 24 hours.
OH YES. Twenty. Four. Hours. 
When we landed at Gatwick, we noticed that our departure had been pushed back a little. Alright, we said, let's eat some lunch and wait it out. 
If only we knew then...

When we finally made it on our plane, we realized they'd assigned us separate seats. And I won't lie--when the people on either side of me refused to switch seats, I cried. 
I tried to cry in a dignified manner, but I don't think it worked. Neither did my righteous sniffling. 

so close...and yet so far...

We ended up missing the rehearsal dinner, which was terribly upsetting, but I was really just glad that we were making it in time for the wedding. I'd have been a pretty terrible bridesmaid if I'd missed that. 

All of the wedding pictures were taken on my camera, but I'm not entirely sure who took which ones. Boyfriend and my other half, Christine, were taking turns using it. 

The wedding was held at a barn in Titusville, and was lovingly decorated by the other bridesmaids the morning of the wedding. I got excused from decorating due to the whole international-travelling bit. Luckily, there were nine of us bridesmaids, so I don't think I was needed too badly. 

I was so honored to get to stand by my oldest friend as she made this beautiful commitment to the man of her dreams. 

Isn't she stunning?

I have to say that this was one of the fastest weddings I've ever been to. And we had such a blast getting ready and taking pictures together before the wedding. 

That is one good-looking couple, y'all. 

That picture's my favorite out of all of them--such a beautiful, happy couple!

The bridesmaids' dresses all had a matching tie for one of the groomsmen.

The bride is from one of the most wonderful families I've ever had the privilege to know. I spent my childhood running in and out of their house with all five kids as we grew up.  I'm proud to say that I'm one of three adopted daughters, Daughter 5A. 

There are adopted brothers, too--and we managed to get a picture of the whole family!

My wonderful Boyfriend hung out with my family all day (after knowing them for about twelve hours) while I ran off to play bridesmaid. 

We ate, drank wine, visited with friends, and danced. I got to show off my handsome man and introduce him to the fantastic community in which I grew up.

It was an amazing and surreal experience, seeing a girl I've known my whole life become a married woman. I couldn't be more delighted to have been there for that incredible day.
Congratulations to the lovely newlyweds--I hope that your married life is full of love and joy. 

Stay tuned for the next part of our adventure!


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