It is every girl’s dream to have her once upon a time someday turn into a happily ever after. A few weekends ago, I had the ultimate joy of watching this happen for one of my very best friends. After being engaged longer than I can remember and bringing two beautiful children into the world, she and her fiancé finally decided to take the leap, write the vows, and tie the knot.
The wedding was an outdoor woodland fairytale. All the decorations were handmade by the bride and groom. Every detail was so meticulously perfect; it was as if Nicholas Sparks had written the scene for them. Upon arrival, my breath was instantly taken away. I had seen bits and pieces of the decor being made in the previous weeks, but seeing it all come together was like walking into the bride’s personal Pinterest board.
There was a handmade chandelier, beautiful linens, an archway, flower garland, tulle and lights as far as the eye could see. Combined with the perfect warm and sunny weather, it was like something out of a Disney movie. I was waiting for the chipmunks and birds to come out of the trees and hold her veil up so she could dance and sing a song about finally meeting Prince Charming.
When the time came for the bride to walk down the aisle, she looked more beautiful and perfect than Cinderella herself. The moment I saw her and her daddy turn towards the aisle so he could give her away, I lost it. My eyes welled up and cried so many tears of happiness that my make-up made me look like a member of KISS.
I have had the pleasure of growing up with this couple, seeing them get stronger through the struggles, overcome so many obstacles, and yet their love remained ever strong and true. It really gave me hope to never give up on my search for love and happiness.
So to the happy couple, and everyone else that is joining in holy matrimony this wedding season, I wish you this: Love, may it always be strong enough to fight whatever storm you encounter. Happiness, may you have a lifetime of memories so silly that you’re laughing with each other well into your nineties. Finally, appreciation, may you never take one moment of this lifetime for granted. Tell each other how deeply you’re in love every single day. Don’t go to bed mad and, finally, always part with a kiss, reliving over and over that moment when you finally hear “You may kiss the bride.”