Warning: I wrote all the details for my own memory...feel free to skip to the photos. Also, This is the couple who got engaged while skiing, scroll down to watch the video of their engagement.
I have just arrived home from my favorite weekend trip ever. I was able to attend the wedding of my Best friend from school Lindsay Smith, she was marrying one of my other best friends Dave Pratt. I am have been able to see them from their first date all the way till there glorious wedding day. They are such a sweet couple and they are so kind and amazing together. I have had so much fun hanging out with them and watching their relationship blossom.
I had to get on my shuttle at 2:00 am in the morning and that totally sucked, I was at the airport by 3 and security wasn't even opened. Soon enough though, I was on my 6:00 am flight to ATL, then to DEN. When I got there we got straight down to business, Lindsay's mom DeAnne and I went shopping and accomplished a lot in the small amount of time we had. Then we picked up the Bride (Lindsay) and took her to a makeup trial...which went really well. I told her to tell the girl she wanted to look "Naturally Glamorous" It is a Design Statement I am very proud of and will often use in the future now. HAHA.
After our busy day DeAnne asked me if I wanted to get a spray tan, this was something I didn't want but, I think she was trying to hint at something so, I made an appointment. Luckily it turned out great and I was really happy with it. The next day I babysat the one and only Smith grandchild...MAILY, while everyone went to the temple! She is an adorable girl who speaks more Spanish then English which is really cool but, a little confusing. Luckily though she did say one word in English a bunch and I as able to accommodate this... "Doggie". She loved the 2 yellow labs the Smiths have and played with them for about 3 hours. Anyone who knows me knows I hate Dogs but, I had to suck it up since they kept her entertained. I really loved babysitting her because Lindsay talks about her nonstop and shows me different videos of her...it was almost like meeting a celebrity.
Right after everyone got home it was time for the Friends Dinner. This was such a fun night, we ate the most amazing food I have had in a long time and told our favorite stories about Lindsay. We were all dying of laughter and having a great time. It was so fun to hear about Lindsay when she was in high school and middle school. Lindsay then turned the tables on me and made me tell everyone her favorite story which is of course about me when I was only 14 years old, she always makes me tell this embarrassing story in crowds. This story is not one I am proud of and it is only one I tell to friends but, I did it for my Darling Lindsay. I will not go into the story but it is an intense one that left half the table crying with laughter. I know all those girls look at me differently now too. After pictures and announcements the night was over and we were all exhausted. We went home to keep working on different things for the wedding. Soon we all fell asleep and before we knew it, it was the big day.
All of the girls!
I made her take a lot of photos...I was trying to give her an idea of what the next day would be.
We woke up at 6:30 am to Brother Smith saying "Good morning Lindsay Smith". He kept saying her last name every single chance he got knowing he would not be able to much longer, it was so funny and cute. Then Lindsay went to get her hair and makeup done, and of course she looked "Naturally Glamorous" (Is it weird I sing the Fergie song to spell G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S every time). She really did look amazing. We then headed off to the Temple, the car ride was really emotional for me and I was so excited for her. I kept crying the whole time because it was finally time for two of my best friends to get married. After, she went off into the temple and then 2 hours later appeared gleaming with joy. I was so excited for them, she looked amazing and he looked better then ever. Everyone was so proud and I couldn't help it, so I ran and hugged them first.
The Lovely DeAnne
After a very successful picture time we all headed to the Lunch in. It was freezing cold and rainy but, no one seemed to notice once the delicious food came out. It was a really cute lunch in, and we were given the opportunity to give toasts. As soon as the Father of the Bride started talking, we had a visit from our little friend...THE JACK HAMMER! I didn't know where it was coming from but there was no way I was going to let this happen, we couldn't hear the speakers every time it started up, so something had to be done. I went over to this sketchy fence to someone's backyard and climbed up to see who was making this Horrific sound and it was a nice old man. Luckily, I asked the nice man to hold off for about 30 minutes and he said yes. Luckily someone took some photos of the process, I am wearing a towel to stay dry and warm so I look crazy.
After this ordeal the speeches went on, because I was the MAID OF HONOR...I was not giving this chance to talk about Lindsay and Dave up. I wanted to embrace them but, I was to overjoyed to even think of any awkward moments I could throw back in their faces, so I tried to keep it short and sweet. I was so overcome with emotion and happiness that I know I sounded like a blabbering idiot but, at least no one there knew who I was.
After the Lunch in I thanked the Jack Hammer guy for holding off and then headed to the reception. Then...I realized I had not bought Wii Dance, Lindsay really wanted to play this at the wedding to help people get excited about dancing. So me and Deanne rushed to the TARGET and accomplished our goal. We got to the reception site and I went to talk to the DJ about Wii dance but he said he had nothing set up for it...so after I has a few controlling moments they changed around the room for me in 20 minutes, and we were set. The Bride and Groom showed up looking gorgeous and we were ready to party.
The reception was a blast and everyone had a great time, the dancing went really well and I highly suggest people playing Wii dance at any future weddings. I caught the Bouquet and it was dramatic. Luckily...someone recorded it so, you can enjoy. After sending off the Bride and Groom I packed up the cars with the help of other bridesmaids and we were out of the place within 30 minutes. I made amazing friends in Colorado and wish I had more excuses to go back. I have so much love for the Smiths and their extended family. I was able to work hard and show my appreciation for Lindsay's friendship by trying to help her family. I loved this opportunity to serve and will never forget this weekend adventure. My flight was at 11:00 in the morning the next day and of course, my shuttle was booked for 6:00 am. I really wanted to stay and relax with the family but...I am kind of a career women now so I had to rush back. Luckily the guy called me and said we could push it back to 7:00 am instead of 6:00. I was so happy because I thought I would get some more sleep.
Rockin Bridal Party
Their cake was so pretty, the flowers looked amazing.
Everyone was a little sad after I caught the Bouquet.
By 6:00 in the morning Brother and Sister Smith were in my room giving me more praise for my small efforts this weekend. Being with them is like being with your own personal Fan club members that you have inspired for years and all they want to do is tell you how amazing they think you are...so obviously I loved it. Then DeAnne came into my bed and chatted with me for an hour, we talked about our laughs we had this weekend, my family, my love for Lindsay, and how much I want DeAnne, Lindsay, Chelsea, and Lisa to come visit. It was finally time for me to go and I was so so so sad, I really was. When I got to the airport I found a thank you card from DeAnne, and this of course made me cry again... I looked like a crazy person; I was crying and laughing for like 10 minutes straight. It was so sweet and I was so happy for the great time I had just had that I couldn't stop. I will never forget that family and how much I adore them, it was so fun and I can't wait to hangout with the married version of Lindsay and David Pratt next fall. I really do hope to see my favorite girls soon in the big city.