My best friend’s wedding

October 2, 2010 arrived. The day one of my dearest, sweetest friends got married.  We girls had spent many late-night hours anticipating this event, even before we knew about Trent!  šŸ™‚  Being in a friend’s wedding is so different from a sibling’s.  I could hardly believe that this was indeed the same friend I met four years ago when she was fifteen–my age today!  Over these years we’ve sent hundreds upon hundreds of e-mails, watched countless romantic movies at slumber parties, walked many miles together, and prayed for each other on both good days and bad ones. 

Theresa was a beautiful bride.  Her dress fit her perfectly, her soft veil enhanced the loveliness of her face.
She was gorgeous.

Rebekah and I
The Bridal Party
I love this picture–everyone else is smiling at the camera, but Trent and Theresa are looking at each other.  Perfect.
My friend and her family are amazing.  They arranged all the flowers themselves, and they turned out wonderful!
Fanning the bride with children’s books
This wedding was one of the most relaxed I’ve ever attended.  Pictures started at 11:00, and were done by noon.  We had two hours to spare before the wedding!  Resourceful Karen (Theresa’s sister) had brought a deck of cards, so we proceeded to play a game of “Spoons”  with Q-tips.  We also amused ourselves by watching the guests arrive through the window (oops! Misplaced prep. phrase–how would you say it, though?).  At 2:00, bouquets in hand, we were ready to march down the aisle.  But since people were still coming, we decided to wait awhile. 

Karen quickly became the preschool teacher and read us a book about a pirate looking for a certain island that shall remain nameless.  When the wedding coordinator poked in her head to say it was time for the wedding to begin, we reluctantly (ha!) set down the book and checked our makeup once again.

 We walked down the aisle to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” played by a string quartet.  Then came the bride.  I had to restrain myself from saying “Awwww” when Mr. Wright gave her away.  We sang “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,”  the same song we had sung at both Merritt and Gretchen’s wedding and Benjamin and Melissa’s.  I somehow made it through the whole wedding without a tear escaping my eyes–though they filled once or twice!  As the unity candle was lit, someone played the guitar and sang “Love Never Fails”.  And then…

The Kiss.  Their very first.  Awwww…
We bridesmaids took off our shoes to walk back down the aisle, and some of the guys wore sunglasses.  We had to do something!  šŸ™‚
The reception was lovely, with a cake made by Karen.  (I tried to add a picture of it, but Blogger sometimes doesn’t cooperate!)  And all too soon they drove off into the sunset sunny afternoon in Trent’s little red pickup.  After clean-up, Aunt Margie and Rebekah dropped me off at our empty house. 

The rest of the evening I spent crying, looking at old e-mails, crying some more, and finally cuddling up with a cozy blanket and my Bible.  I couldn’t get over all the e-mails Theresa and I sent about Trent way before they were courting.  From an e-mail sent March 27, 2008: “Oh, Trent came today… He is a very, very nice guy.”  “Overall, I like him a lot and I hope he comes and warms his feet by our fire a lot. :)”  My reply:  “You really should take pictures of Trent.  I need to see if he looks like the type that would work for you.  šŸ˜‰  Heehee.”    I can’t believe I actually said that!  Little did we know.

Bestest friends
I am so, so happy for Trent and Theresa!  They are perfect for each other, and look absolutely adorable together, don’t you think?  šŸ™‚  I felt so honored to be in their wedding, but even more honored to be Theresa Schultz’s friend.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gretchen
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 15:02:21

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww, Jess. So many memories. Like you, I had "old" friends who got married before I did. It's a lot different than being in/attending a wedding as an old married woman…Perhaps you would say you watched out the window as the guests arrived? ;)HUGS


  2. Samantha R.
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 16:14:30

    awww, how sweet and lovely! Thank you, thank you for sharing! :)I can tell that you and Theresa are very close! I love how you all had diff. dresses and shoes! and black is lovely!!Love the bare feet and sunglasses šŸ˜‰


  3. Rebekah
    Oct 07, 2010 @ 20:03:52

    Gret!!! You stole my phrase!:) Oh well, I'll say it anyway. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!! šŸ˜€ It was a beautiful wedding…and we have so many good memories from it. And before it to! Jess, you and I are more alike then we thought…(if that is possible) I waited till I got home to cry to! But then, oh boy, did those tears ever come!:) I love you dear friend! And you were a beautiful bridesmaid and it was an honor to be a (first-time) bridesmaid with (an old-hat like) you. šŸ˜€


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