This is the season where weddings are upon us. And I love it. It brings to mind all those corny words that, if I’m telling the truth, I really love — romantic, life-affirming, magical, whimsy, epic.
I had the joy and privilege to go to Memphis this weekend for possibly the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever attended. It was one of those simple weddings where you could just feel the palpable love between the couple. The pastor described them perfectly when he said they had a pure, uncomplicated love and relationship with each other.
I was lucky enough to marry into this family where these sorts of blessings are just sung and celebrated in the biggest way.
And boy was this a celebration! I had to exclaim that I felt just like I walked right into a scene from a movie. Folks danced, sang, cheered, laughed, ate — all the best parts of a wedding.
There was music sung by the coolest uncle, a surprise serenade by the groom to the lovely bride, grandparents who showed us all what it means to really smoke the dance floor, bountiful tables and tables of hearty food including cheeses, colorful fruits, pickled okra, cakes, pies, doughnuts, and my favorite (and thank goodness I was back in the South) sweet tea, a candy bar with goodie bags for the little ones (and maybe a few lollipops eaten by a few of the grown-ups), one of the most original guestbook “paintings” I’ve ever seen that all the guests got to help create, a “journey” clothesline with pictures of the gorgeous bride and groom, simple but beautiful flowers, and even a moment where all the guests literally pushed tables to the wall for more room to kick up our heels. You know the wedding is a success when furniture has to be moved!
This was the perfect Southern weekend. Full of family, a quick stop (ok, two stops) to my beloved, and much missed Chick-fil-A, too few stolen minutes, but rich time with dear sister, memories, friends, and most importantly, love.
I’ll share some pictures below for inspiration, some taken by me, the rest “stolen” from friends and family’s cameras. (Hope they don’t mind!)
Summer is here. And we’re in good spirits! Kick up your heels, celebrate love!