Happy Monday, friends!
Our friends Matt & Jess got married on a gorgeous day in Hampton, VA. It was awesome that so many of my friends were in the wedding party and able to attend. I always love weddings, but you can’t deny that they are just more fun when you know a lot more people than just the bride & groom, right?
It was extra awesome this time, because neither my brother, my boyfriend, nor I had to actually DO anything for this wedding. Steve wasn’t a groomsman, Ben wasn’t the photographer, and I wasn’t anything (well, nothing new there, but still!)
Of course, that didn’t stop either of us trigger-happy Powell siblings from taking an inordinate number of photos, hehe.
I can’t help it. It’s just too pretty not to capture on film.
Mr. & Mrs.!
It’s always the small details that I love most about weddings. It’s where the personality of each couple really seems to shine through the most.
Matt & Jess had the guestbook on a display table with framed photos of their mothers & grandmothers on their wedding days. Jess even wore the same locket her mom AND grandma have on in their respective bridal portraits! Talk about your meaningful “something borrowed”, eh?
Right on trend, the food was great too! There was a selection of crackers and cheese to snack on during cocktail hour (herbed goat cheese? Be still my heart!), followed by a buffet of salad, roasted chicken, salmon, potatoes, and haricot vert.
(Photo by Ben)
Bonus? The cake tasted like a creamsicle!
After the first dance (I cried), and speeches (I cried again), the party really got started! You may notice that all photos from this point of the night onward were taken by Ben. So, er, that probably says a lot about how things progressed, keke. Oh, vodka sodas… you shall be the death of me (with lime!)
Oh sure, it always starts out innocently enough. (Hi Lisa!)
The ridiculousness grows slowly…
Sometimes I’m so cool I can hardly stand it.
But hey, at least you can tell it was a good time! 😉
Oh! I almost forgot to mention THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE WHOLE NIGHT. Yes, EVEN more important than the part where the bride & groom actually got, y’know, married. (Okay, FINE, not really.)
I CAUGHT THE BOUQUET!!!!!
And it only took me four (increasingly violent) tries! And doubleplusbonus: they didn’t have us do the embarrassing thing where the guy who catches the garter has to put it back on the girl who caught the bouquet. Not that I don’t dearly love my good friend Jabarie, but c’mon. That ish is not comfortable for ANYBODY.
Before making the drive back home yesterday, a bunch of us refueled/healed ourselves with what we thought would be a quick brunch at The Pirate’s Booty. Turns out in Hampton, “quick” has a substantially different meaning, hahaha.
Ah well, at least the food still tasted “arr”some, even if it took us two hours to eat!
(Photo by Ben, obviously.)
Congratulations again, Matt & Jess!
It sort of pains me to say it, but I’m kind of glad to be getting a little break from wedding season. Four weddings in three months, with two of them on back-to-back weekends, is just a lot! Not that I haven’t loved going to all of them but… well, I think it’ll just be easier for me to stay on track now. Of course, I still have to contend with an upcoming trip to Ottawa in two weeks… before the onslaught of the glorious, wondrous, phantasmagical holiday season! (Oh, sorry, did you guys forget how much I love the holidays?)