One of my favorite things about our wedding: our attendants. When we got engaged, Matt and I instantly picked 4 people each who we wanted to stand up with us when we got married. And in all honesty, there was no one else I could've chosen if I wanted to. My bridesmaids were my only close girl friends at the time and the only people I wanted to be there with me on that day.
My sister was my maid of honor.
Next came my best friend in the whole world, Jill. I have known her since kindergarten although our friendship did not blossom until high school. Have you ever had a friend where you fit in just perfectly with their family like you were a missing piece? It's like that for me with her. I spent more time in high school at her house than my own. Her parents and brother are like family to me...and were all involved in my wedding in some part. She's my person.
Jill was in charge of my something old and you know what she did? She got me a 'J' charm (for both of our names), we attached it to my bouquet, and my something old was our friendship! How stinking cute is that?? Love it!
Is it sad that this is my favorite wedding picture ever and it doesn't even involve my husband??
Ah, Erin! I met Erin freshman year at Purdue, first day of school, English 101. She tells me I walked into class like I was so much better than everyone else and that I knew it all. Well, you know what? I did know it all! It was English 101 people! I hated that they didn't let me test out of that class! But, I ended up meeting one of my very favorite people in the world. We started working together junior year and then finally were able to live together senior year. It was literally the best year of my whole life. I could not have asked for a more supportive and fun roomate. She is simply the best.
So you want to know the most hilarious story about Erin? Well, some of us stayed over at Jill's the night before my wedding and we woke up to Erin coming over at 8 a.m......in her dress!?! We were like, "Um, you know the wedding's at 6:00 p.m. right? What are you doing already dressed??"
Apparently Erin had tried on the dress the night before and the zipper had gotten stuck and she couldn't get it off! She had to sleep in the dress! Ha! It was the funniest thing! She had on sweat pants underneath and a zip up hoodie over it...so the girls at the salon thought she was just dressed in some weird Bohemian outfit until we told them the story. Jill had to steam Erin's dress with her in it at the laundry mat. Priceless!
CJ was my final bridesmaid. Unfortunately we have grown apart and haven't really spoken since this day. CJ introduced me to Matt, as her brother Robert is Matt's best friend. We also met at Purdue and lived on the same floor. Although we don't talk now, I will forever be grateful to her for giving me the love of my life.
Onto the boys! My brother, Matt's BFF Robert, Matt, Will, and Todd (famous husband of Blue Eyed Bride and papa to baby Hudson!) are pictured here. Aren't they the cutest bunch? It was so special to Matt to have his best friends with him on this day.
This is also one of my favorite pictures. Matt and I got married the same day South Carolina played LSU...I know! Unthinkable, right? Well it gets worse! Will is a die hard LSU fan...and Todd is the same for South Carolina! The fact that we were able to tear these boys away from this game to start the ceremony is beyond me. Matt and I were just so thankful that they even agreed to come to Indianapolis!
Ah, the junior bridesmaids. These are two of Matt's brother's kids. It was my attempt at bonding and utter failure by the look of this picture. I wanted pink dresses with black sashes so they would be opposite my girls...but I had some resistance. I hate, hate, hate that they look the same as my bridesmaids...but whatever. Over and done with I guess.
My little cousins were our ring bearer and flower girl. They are simply the cutest things on the planet! Cassie's dress was almost the exact replica of mine. It was perfect!
My sister's husband Dave and my cousin Josh were our ushers.