So I have decided one of my worst traits is that I suck at coming up with titles for posts, so sorry for the lack of creativeness for this one, but I think it sums up the "Wedding Weekend 2013" pretty well. The past year has been so much wedding planning for one of my best friends Stevie over at Colorful Commotion and on July 20th she finally got to experience one of the happiest days of her life, and all of her hard work the past year came together for a beautiful night that I know is only the beginning of a beautiful marriage.
From sitting in her apartment in Foxridge last summer picking out wedding colors and bridesmaids dresses and photographers and videographers and other things like that, to the day her and Terry asked me to be a part of their ceremony, to the bachelor/bachelorette party, and all the other events that I was or was not present for, I know how much Stevie and Terry both had been looking forward to this special day, and I was so excited and honored to be a part of it. It has been a long time coming, so it was very exciting for everyone involved when we finally got to pack up the car for the weekend and head to Hershey, Pa for a sweet weekend! (See what I did there, Hershey, sweet....candy joke! Get it!)
This is the group of our friends that all went to the wedding, me (obviously), my best friend and date Courtney, our good friend and used to be co-worker Ed, our friend and co-worker Amanda, and her boyfriend Joey. (Amanda Joey and I are all also roommates) so it was a pretty solid group for a great weekend! Let's be honest, we all clean up pretty nice, and we look good :)
Let's just be honest, STEVIE LOOKED ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! For those of you that follow her blog, you know she has been working her butt off (quite literally actually) with weight watchers trying to keep the weight off for her wedding. I know it has stressed her out to no end, but she looked amazing and every second of stress and counting points and everything else was worth it. She was a beautiful bride and was glowing all day. It was a crazy hot day (at least it didn't rain!) and she still managed to look flawless (while I was sweating and makeup running and hair frizzing within 10 minutes of being outside) the entire day/night. You have to go over to her blog and check out all of the amazing photos their photographer team got, as well as the wedding day video they had made! It is so sweet it made me cry and I'm so happy for them that they got to document their special day in such a way.
Thanks to lots of pinterest-ing on Stevie's part, the wedding was perfectly decorated even down to the smallest little details. One of my favorite parts were all of the signs that they had around the ceremony, the cocktail hour, and the reception. The Instagram and Newlyweds ones were outside of the tent that the ceremony was in, and I thought it was a great personal touch! I also loved the sign for the bar, they were cute and classy and incorporated the VT theme of the cocktail hour into the decor. They also had these signs set up all around the reception with quotes from songs about love on them. It was simple and sweet and absolutely adorable.
She is one of my best friends in the world, and she looked stunning. And I know she was under a lot of stress leading up to the wedding and I know for sure I didn't help at all. I am beyond blessed to have her and Terry in my life, and I couldn't be happier that they found each other and I got to be a part of a day they will remember for the rest of their lives. They had a great night for their love to become official in front of all their friends and family, and then a great party to follow afterwards :)
One of the best parts of the night was a great surprise for the past 6 months, THE HOKIE BIRD!! Both the bride and the groom, and many of the wedding guests and close friends are Hokie Alum, or at least Hokie Fans! So it was a great surprise to have the Hokie Bird show up! It's a huge honor to be the Hokie Bird, and this is why! You get to do so many amazing events such as people's weddings. It was a great part of the evening to have the Hokie Bird there, he made it tons of fun and was a great addition to their Virginia Tech themed cocktail party as well! He was a great sport with so many pictures and even some in the photo booth....which leads to one of my favorite parts of the night...
This was another amazing part of the night and a great memory that Stevie and Terry will always have those memories of their closest friends and family forever. It was a really personalized part of the evening and they had a little wipe board you could write messages to the happy couple, they had Hokie Feet and VT signs and lots of other fun props! Obviously Courtney, Ed, Amanda, Joey and I took full advantage of this, and had WAY TOO MUCH FUN with it, and maybe it was the multitude of drinks from the open bar or maybe we were all just on fun wedding brain, but I think we all got a little carried away, and I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT! :)
So to sum it up, the wedding weekend was perfect, at least from out point of view. I was so happy to be a part of my best friend's special day, and I am so happy for her that she will have those memories to cherish forever. I am also happy that one of the most stressful years of her life is over, and she can enjoy for her beautiful marriage to the love of her life.
That's about as cheesy as I'm gonna get on here, to sum it up, Stevie looked stunning, everyone sweat their butts off, had lots of drinks, and had a freaking great time! So over and out for today, and stay classy blogland! For your entertainment purposes: here is an amazing photo taken of me getting my dance, drink, and wink on ;)