Friday, August 24, 2007

Summer of Love

We only went to three weddings this summer, ours included, but it felt like a lot more than that. I learned a lot:
-One should not drink three glasses of champagne BEFORE one participates in a marriage ceremony
-Always sign the marriage license in black ink
-Traveling to New Jersey a minivan, while it makes logistical sense, does not translate into a good time
-North Carolina is the hottest place on earth
-Weddings make me cry. A lot.

So, we just returned from my sister's wedding in North Carolina. She has been married a whole 6 days, and from all reports, it's going pretty well. We had a lovely time--it was a very emotional weekend, though. I started crying during the wedding, which happens all the time--I cry at all major life events. My own wedding, a commencement speech at my Syracuse graduation, every time I leave a job (even if it's a job I hate)... I just can't help it. It's what I do. Anyway, I started crying and I just didn't stop! I think the majority of it was the fact that I was saying goodbye to the fam that night (we left early the next morning), and I just hate that. I hate saying goodbye.

Anyway, North Carolina, though lovely, is indeed the hottest place I have ever been. I spent most of my 5 days there sweating, complaining about being sweaty, or taking a shower to wash off the sweat. It's gross, I know. But so so true. The funniest thing was, the natives didn't seem to mind, while everyone from Michigan was wandering around with a slightly dazed look on their faces, clutching at bottles of water.

But enough about the details... The wedding itself was wonderful. Abby, as always, looked beautiful. And John was great--he was so excited. You could see it in his eyes that he had no second thoughts and that he felt like the luckiest guy in the world to be marrying my sister. Of course, he is...

The lead-up to the wedding was spectacular. Parties, parties, and more parties!

A bachelorette party:


Recovery from sports:

Wedding preparations:

Celebrating with Dad:

More pictures will come.

Congrats to Abby and John!

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