Monday, October 18, 2010

I do... Midland Style

I am a sleepy girl today thanks to a weekend spent celebrating the marriage of two of my very good friends, Jacque and Cutler. They met at Tech where she was a Chi Omega and he was an SAE- so it was another wedding that also doubled as a giant college reunion.

I had such a great time. The wedding was easily one of the most stunning weddings that I've ever been to, and as is well documented on here, I go to quite a few these days. The flowers were absolutely gorgeous... as soon as some of my friends post pictures, I'll try to show you. They were amazing.

Since I don't have any pictures yet, I'll recap by giving you my top 10 moments from the wedding weekend:

  1. The couple. These are two of the most genuine people you will ever meet. So it was so cool to see them get married after all these years of being friends.
  2. The RD toast. Jacque got up and toasted Cutler at the rehearsal and it almost made me cry- and I do not cry at weddings. I wish I had it on video... the best way I can describe it is that it was just raw and so loving. Personal things that you think, but might not say in front of 150 people. 
  3. Seeing everyone. The upside to attending my fourth wedding in which my ex-fiance is a groomsman is that while it means some awkward moments between us, it also means that I get to see all his fraternity brothers that I absolutely adore and don't get to see often.
  4. Being the bigger (wo)man. The ex is from Midland, so his parents were also in attendance. I hadn't seen them since before I broke off our engagement so I was understandably a little nervous, but planned on being gracious and classy and saying hello. When I caught his mom's eye at the reception and said hello, she straight up turned on her heel and walked away from me. Apparently maturity doesn't always come with age. However, I do regret not trying to say hello to his step-dad, who is one of the sweetest men I've met and I feel would have had a very different response to me attempting to say hello. But c'est la vie.
  5. Jacque's parents. They have been divorced for years, but I have to say that they are the model of how to approach a situation like this with grace and class. They walked back down the aisle together, danced with each other, and generally seemed to enjoy each other's company all weekend. I obviously don't know the ins and outs of their relationship, but it was neat to see them put all the focus on Cutler and Jacque when many parents in that same situation don't.
  6. Dancing. For some reason we stayed off the dance floor for most of the night, but we were able to get it finally hopping the last 30 minutes or so. We had so much fun that it ended with the guys chanting "ONE MORE SONG!" after the band had wrapped up. I also somewhat learned how to "shag" which apparently is to the Southerners what two-stepping is to Texans.
  7. New Friends. We met two really cool guys that Jacque worked with at Frontier. One of which happened to be the guy that taught me how to shag. He was pretty adorable, but sadly lives in Atlanta. Too bad I've already crossed the Georgia Aquarium off my list.
  8. Narrowly Escaping Disaster. The reception was gorgeous. I've never seen so many flowers in my entire life. There were also a ton of candles. Candles that I apparently did not see when I set my wrap down to go say hi to someone. Thank goodness Erika was standing at the table still and was able to extinguish the flames from my now defunct wrap*.
  9. The flight home. I swear we knew half the people at the Midland airport on Sunday afternoon. Eight of which were on our flight. Our combined hangovers and exhaustion kept our otherwise rowdy group in line- much to the flight attendants' unknown relief but it was still fun to be on the same flight with so many friends. 
  10. The bride (of course). She was gorgeous and glowingly happy. Her crush on Cutler in college was the subject of many girly conversations. After all these years we are so happy that her fairy tale came true.
*Jacque- I am SO SORRY for almost catching your reception on fire. Luckily it was a tiny little incident that no one even noticed aside from the few that were standing there. Thank goodness!! Love you and hope you're having fun in Antigua!

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