Friday, August 8, 2014

My Best Friend's Wedding

Anyone remember the Julia Roberts movie My Best Friend's Wedding? If you haven't seen it, do it ASAP! The one where she is called up by her best friend and is so eager to see him, to rekindle the spark, only to find out he's engaged? She panics because a bubbly blonde (hello, Cameron Diaz) has swept away the man she used to know and she is quickly immersed in a world of taffeta and frills, desperate to get him back.

Remember that one? Yeah, it's one of my favorites.

Last weekend I had the JOY of going to my best friend's wedding, and I am happy to report it was nothing like said movie (The wedding was gorgeous, yes, but if you've seen the movie, you know what I mean. If not, you still have to watch it!). Ross was my best friend all through high school, and after graduation we both packed our bags and headed off to Baylor. Actually, we packed our bags and headed off to Baylor's Line Camp, a week long "get to know campus" event for new students. We went the same week but were in different groups, and I made fast friends with a red-headed gal named Shannon. Sometime that week I introduced the two and we went along our merry way. I had no idea that I'd be attending their wedding five short years later.



The wedding was in Kansas City, Missouri (apparently a different city entirely from Kansas City, Kansas... I think), a good 9 hours from where I live. I made the trek on Wednesday with my Baylor bestie Claire and her brother Grant. Grant was one of the groomsmen and had to be there early, so we thought we'd make a weekend out of it so us girls could spend time together before school kicked off later this month.

By the way, sequins make every road trip all the more splendid. Incase you were wondering.

We stopped at OSU so I could fill out some paperwork for grad school and take a peek at my new apartment (which, by the way, is still under construction...). There was a flood warning for the area so we couldn't walk around campus like I wanted to, but we still drove around as much as possible. It is so pretty, even with the rain! I can't wait to show it off.


Initially the plan was to stop somewhere in Oklahoma and make the second half of the drive on Thursday, but once we were on the road we just kept going. I camped out in the back seat with Annie F. Down's new book Let's All Be Brave and I was set! Once in Kansas we hunted for hotels but most were completely full or super sketchy. Finally we found a decent looking Travel Lodge and settled in for the evening.


Thursday morning we stopped in Leavenworth to go by the National Cemetery and leave flowers for Claire's grandma. The place was beautiful! I've always found cemeteries to be hauntingly gorgeous and so fascinating. So many stories, my mind and imagination race in twelve different directions. We were back on the road before noon and in Kansas City not long afterward. Now, I know there is a lot of talk about the BBQ there, but we ended up downtown at a Chuy's Mexican restaurant, and boy did it hit the spot. The Plaza was a great place to wander and shop, killing time before check in at the hotel we would be at the rest of the weekend.


I, of course, ended up in the Anthropologie. Their displays were gorgeous, and I loved looking at all the new products! For a gal who went into Anthro almost every day for 10 months, going twice in the entire summer is pretty good, don't ya think? I particularly loved their tablescape that included the dishes I have tucked away at home. I can't wait to unpack these beauties and put them to good use!

You'll also be proud to know that I walked out of there empty handed but oh so inspired. Next on our list, sort of, was Union Station. The old train station was stunning! Full of history, a local art display, and some swankified restaurants. Grant found a gentleman who had been volunteering there for decades and he updated us on the renovations and history of the place. It also houses a science museum, but we were content to play with the toys in the gift shop instead of paying full price for an exhibit ticket.


While Grant was at the rehearsal dinner, Claire and I found our way to an outlet mall and spent the next three hours in and out of dressing rooms, over analyzing every item, tossing clothes back and forth from room to room. I'd forgotten how much fun it was to shop with that girl! Fun and dangerous ;) She scored some great new outfits for teaching and I walked away with a sale dress from the Loft outlet.

We treated ourselves to Coldstone Creamery for dessert and spent the evening chatting about everything under the sun (and the stars!), catching up like old times. Unfortunately I got very sick that night and barely slept, so we took Friday morning pretty slow. After breakfast at the Cracker Barrel across from our hotel (one of my love languages, let me tell ya!), we ran a few errands then crawled back in bed to watch The Help and curl our hair. Before we knew it we were meeting up with my sweet friend Amanda for last minute make-up touch ups and outfit advice before scurrying off to the wedding.


The ceremony was perfect, Christ-centered and beautiful, officiated by the children's pastor of the church I used to go to. Ross and I were in the same youth ministry and drama team there, and it was nice to have a familiar face from my home town.  

But y'all! I cried huge, happy, messy tears through the whole thing. Seeing two incredible people promise themselves to one another, committing to a marriage founded in Christ's love and grace was so moving. I also knew he was going to cry when he first saw her, so when he cried I cried and the tears wouldn't stop rolling. The ceremony was outdoors and the weather was cooperating perfectly. We sat pleasantly in the shade, then moved inside for the reception.

These two are Baylor Bears through and through so instead of cocktail hour there was a Dr. Pepper Hour. At Baylor, a Dr. Pepper Hour is hosted every Tuesday in the student union building. In between classes, students can drop by for Dr. Pepper Floats with Bluebell Ice Cream and it is all kinds of magical (Dr. Pepper was started in Waco, fun fact!). They also served french toast and fruit kabobs which were delightful, and it was followed by a breakfast-for-dinner buffet which was divine! 


Every minute of the 9 hour drive there and back was worth it to celebrate these sweet friends! Ross and Shannon, I am so excited for you two as you start this journey! Thanks for inviting us to be part of your special day, and I wish you many more special moments to come :) Shannon, he's a great best friend to have, which I'm sure you know, and you got one of the best ones out there! 


Did I mention that I caught the bouquet? Well, it slipped through my fingers and dropped to the floor, but no one else reached for it so I grabbed it... but you could say I caught it! Or did I mention that there were only six of us single gals plus the flower girls? Or that my hair did it's I'm-only-going-to-look-perfect-at-midnight thing after we got back to the hotel? You know, all those fun details. ;) What a night and what a trip! It was a great way to round out the summer and it was a delight to be there for it all.

What are y'all up to this weekend? Any weddings in your near future? I've got one more next month so the party continues!


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