This date last year (then a Tuesday) marked the official start of wedding go-time for us. When I left work that day, I wouldn’t be back for nearly two weeks — bliss! — and, later that evening, Jon’s folks arrived from Idaho and came to our place bearing a fancy bottle of wine for us to save for a special occasion. That was when things started feeling real; like, this is happening! Four days to go!
I think this time of year will always feel exciting to me, but not only because of our wedding. May is pretty awesome anyway, with graduations and year-end concerts and spring flowers and summer anticipation — come to think of it, that’s probably why we picked it. It’s just a festive, lovely time. (Plus, our anniversary is smack in the middle of our birthdays. Way to spread the celebration wealth, us!)
Clearly lots of other people share these sentiments, because we’ve been to two weddings already this month (which is actually a really nice run-up to an anniversary) and have one more before June arrives. I thought I’d ease into whatever anniversary-related posts I might come up with by sharing a few photos from the past two weekends (aka part of the 2011 Matrimony Marathon).
The weekend before last, Jon and I went to Pittsburgh for the wedding of two of our grad-school classmates. The bride is far and away the most stylish person I know — effortlessly so, it seems — and looked gorgeous in an Alexander McQueen dress that only she could carry off so well. The ceremony was at 1 p.m., and then the bride and groom ran all over town with their photographers, taking photos at various landmarks and significant spots, while some of the grad school cohort in attendance went to sample the legendary gut-bombs at Primanti Bros. before the evening reception at a cozy bed & breakfast. Look how pretty!
This past weekend here in Atlanta (at the same church where Jon and I married) another awesome couple tied the knot. I’ve known the groom since junior high, and the bride and I got to be friends as soon as she joined the alto sections in church choir and symphony chorus. I can’t begin to express how much I love these two together, so I’ll just show you some happy pictures from the day:
I should also mention that I had the pleasure of singing in a small choir for this ceremony, which means I had one of the best seats in the house. I could see their faces the whole time, and it was obvious how ridiculously excited and emotional and full of love they both were. It was a beautiful thing to watch.
So, that’s my May so far. More weddings to come, including some rehashing of my own. Don’t worry, I’ll try not to overdo it. ‘Kay?