Over Labor Day weekend, two of our dear friends tied the knot. We've both known him since high school, and met her several years ago through him and became fast friends - her bachelorette party was the one I went to in Vegas. They're the folks we grill with in the summer, spend New Year's Eve in with, and go "out on the town" with.
They've got a darling 3 year old son, a beautiful home that they own, and exciting new job prospects on the horizon. She just accepted a job that will take them a few more hours away from us, but their plan is to only be gone for a year or so - thank goodness! Here is what I (and my husband) wore to, before & during their nuptials...
|embellished tank: Target|
skirt: J Crew Factory
sandals: Shoe Carnival
I wore this to get my nails done with the brides & the other bridesmaids, and then to the rehearsal.
|dress: Lilly Pulitzer|
shoes: Guess via DSW
|between dinner & dancing|
|at the cowboy bar, with my margarita - my beverage of choice. always.|
After the rehearsal (it was in the morning), I had to run a few errands and was in desperate need of a shower - the rehearsal was outside and it was so. hot. I showered, put on a pretty face with some pretty hair, and my newest Lilly Pulitzer dress (D picked it out for me for my birthday in March).
We went to the rehearsal dinner, ate delicious food & dessert, toasted the bride & groom, then headed to a cowboy bar. Now, I do not claim to be a cowgirl or country (my "boots" are Steve Madden, not at all suited for riding or wrangling), that's my sweet sis-in-law.
However, I sure do love country music and dancing. At this bar, there was a live band AND dancing. And there were a few country boys in our group that knew how to dance. I spent the majority of the evening dancing with them and being twirled and twisted and spun so much that I didn't know which way was what.
It's really fun to dance with someone who knows what they're doing - especially when you have no idea. I like to think it makes me a better dance partner, since I don't know what I'm doing and am definitely not trying to lead - I just follow and twirl and spin wherever they lead me.
We had a really fun evening with the rest of the bridal party, then headed home to get some beauty sleep for the next day's festivities.
|I got my hair done for the big day, and I loved it. |
the bride got us all matching robes to wear while getting ready
|the bride's sister did my makeup, and thank goodness (I'm hopeless with hair and makeup)! s|
he used some "freezing spray" on my eye makeup so it didn't run in the heat.
best. invention. ever.
|dress: Allure Bridesmaids|
shoes: Chinese Laundry via DSW
earrings & bracelet: gift from the bride
tux & shoes: Al's Formal Wear
|my bridesmaid bouquet - it's only a wee bit wilted now|
|he wore gray in our wedding, so this tux on him brought back memories of our own wedding day last summer|
|hey, we're married, so it's OK to celebrate our love & marriage at another wedding ;)|
After the bride & groom said "I do" and "I will", we got down to the business of dancing at the reception. Sorry, I only have a few grainy & poorly lit pics from that portion of the evening that aren't worth sharing - I was really busy dancing and having a grand time ;)
How many weddings have you attended this summer?