My sister in law, Deb, was married on Saturday. She married a wonderful man, Steve, and the two of them are beginning a whole new life together. Myself and the rest of our family at large were honored to bear witness to this union.
And of course, you know what else a wedding is, right?
A chance to shop, of course!
New jewelry. (And yes, I freaked out when I saw the name of this sucker. For a girl who rarely if ever buys or wears jewelry, this is proof it was meant to be a guilt-free purchase.)
New shoes. (Oh my stinkin' heck…seriously? A very, very last minute purchase and my feet never got sore at all! The bonus? I can wear these with pretty much anything.)
And a general opportunity for two people who have no professional requirement to ever get dressed up, to, well, get dressed up.
I think we shined up pretty darned well.
But not only us, the kids too!
Even if some of them were mildly reluctant to take any photos seriously.
Okay, fine. With church light this good, just point the dang camera at me then.
Or at us.
Here, I'm playing the coy "I'll just press my nose into your cheek" girl, while simultaneously telling Dan how happy I am to have lost that extra chin.
And while the nose thing was working so well, I did it here too, resulting in one of my favorite photos of the day.
Another favorite? Deb's maid of honor, my sister-in-law Joy. Gorgeous, I tell ya.
That church had such magic lighting, it's as if Jesus himself was holding the reflectors. Seriously.
It was a magical and insanely fun night. We danced our little tushkas off at the reception. My favorite moment of the night? Dancing with Aidan, and all my nieces, and sisters-in-law, singing our hearts out to the Grease medley.
That, and when they played Brickhouse and Low.
I'll tell you this much: I'm a hella lucky girl to have hooked up with all of these people. I love this family.
I also have realized that I love weddings. So, my dear adult nephews, if you're out there, you need to get a move on and give us 40-something couples and their families more reasons to dress up and kick it old school.
Deb and Steve, thanks for sharing your special day. We wish you a lifetime of happiness.