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Monday, June 3, 2013

Matron of Honor

Now that my best friend's wedding is over and surprises have been revealed, I wanted to share some of what I did as Matron of Honor, as well as some pictures of the stunning bride, gorgeous wedding and the whole weekend!

Let me start by saying I am so honored to have had such an important roll in this wedding. I am very blessed to have friends in Taylor and Ashley and I am so glad Ashley trusts me with this roll. It was such a fun, exciting, perfect weekend and a beautiful wedding. I am proud to have been a part of it.

Well, I got to Memphis about 11pm on Wednesday night. I flew stand-by with a buddy pass from my grandpa (you can read about how and why I can do this here). The problem with flying stand-by is you don't always get the flight you want so I unexpectedly had a 3 hour layover in Atlanta. But it worked out! :) When I got to Memphis, Taylor's grandparents picked me up from the airport and took me to the church building where everyone was still setting up before turning in for the night. Ashley and I didn't leave till after midnight and the whole drive (about 30 minutes) back to her house, we passed a yawn back and forth. Needless to say, the weekend started off on a tiring note and I have no pictures of that day.

The next morning, we got up and got ready to go to the Church building again to help decorate. I put on an Atlanta Braves t-shirt. For some reason, Ashley and Allison both had to wear Cardinals shirts. I can't decide if they like my style and wanted to imitate or if they were trying to offset the Braves with Cardinals attire. (Atlanta won that night and St. Louis lost- Just a side note).

We did some more decorating and ran some errands.
I had a little fun with the lace.

When more of the girls got there, we put on our tiaras and the t-shirts I made and headed to dinner at Huey's and a Memphis Redbirds game!
Friday, we got up and went to the bridesmaids' luncheon. The house where we were was so cute and had gorgeous decorations.
We had our nails done.
Then we headed to the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. The rehearsal dinner was outside and it was so so cute!
After the rehearsal and dinner, the girls headed to the hotel for a tad more partying before the big day.
We all signed an apron for her and gave her a recipe book filled with recipes from us all.
Then Saturday was the BIG day! (dun dun dun).

The first stop was of course Starbucks!

Then, we got our hair done. While at the salon, I gave her my gift which was a special box with memories from the time she was engaged; shower invitations, save the date, wedding invitation, luncheon invitation, rehearsal dinner invitation, thank you notes, and a photo album with pictures of her and Taylor from this year.
Then, we headed to the church building to finish getting ready and start taking pictures.
Then the ceremony finally began! Followed by the beautiful reception!

In my opinion, the whole thing was perfect. I hope the beautiful bride felt the same way!
Love you Ashley! (but I know you won't see this for a while! Have a wonderful rest of your honeymoon!)

And P.S. Not only were our bridesmaids' dresses exactly the same, but our wedding coordinators were both named Cathie/Cathy, our hair dressers were both named Sarah, and our photographers were both named Erin/Aron! How crazy is that??
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