Friday, November 14, 2014

Closed today on account of marriage

These two are getting married today. My brother Stephen and his long-time girlfriend Aubrey.
I love Aubrey. Which, as we all know, is not a given when someone marries into our framilies. I can't even make any schmaltzy now we're family statements. They've been together for 12 years, same as me and MFD. Aubrey and I have been family. I'm excited to stand up as a bridesmaid today when they make it official. She will be a stunning bride who will light up the room.
The four of us over 12 years ago in July 2002. 
The four of us a week ago today, Nov 7 2014
This little boy, six years younger than me, nemesis and intruder on my only child status in his early years, tormenter and source of gross boy smell in his adolescent years, lifeline in some hard times (his, mine, and ours), and one of the people I love the most in life...he's getting married today. Cue sentimental me. I expect to have some tears.
It is a wedding, after all.

I love wedding days. The beauty, the details, the hoopla, the show, the attire, the music, the food, the dancing, and the happy. All the happy.

I send a million good thoughts to the couple and hope a lot of hopes for them.

I hope day of hopes, like I hope they look around and really appreciate this wedding day that will fly by, that they take a few minutes to themselves to be all oh shit we're married!, that they always feel the support of the people who were here to witness them saying their vows, that they don't feel too rushed, that their pictures turn out awesome, and that they really enjoy this day.

Then I hope lifelong hopes, like I hope they know that a bad day personally or as a couple doesn't mean a bad life, that they know commitment will carry them through when the love and even the like isn't there, that they recognize their job as their partner's support and encouragement system is now the most important job in their life.

Then I take a zillion photos, have some apps, and go to the bar and get some free drinks. Today is my 11th and final appearance as a bridesmaid. This old broad is retired. I'm going out with a bang.

Cheers to love, cheers to weddings, and cheers to two people who I love very much on their wedding day.
Cheers to my dear friend Melissa on her birthday. Thanks for being real, always speaking the truth, listening when I need someone to listen, always supporting me, and being a lot of fun. 
Cheers to Friday, and cheers to you. 

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  1. Have a great time at the wedding!!!! :-)

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  2. Hope you have a blast! Congrats to them both and the official addition to your family even if she was already a part of the family. Wish them nothing but love and happiness in the future. Cheers!

  3. What a wonderful day for you all. Wishing the couple (and all couples) a lifetime of love, laughter, and joy. Cheers!

  4. Baby borhter getting married AND you love her makes for such a special weekend! Cheers to having fun and I'll be drinking over here!!

  5. So sweet! I have a relationship with my sister-in-law like you have with Aubrey and it means the world to me. They are both so lucky to have you in their lives. Congratulations to them, and a lifetime of happiness!

  6. Happy wedding day to your brother & soon to be SIL!

  7. Aw, congratulations to your brother and not-so-new sister! My sister is getting married next summer, but we've been calling her fiancé "brother" for the last 2 years, so he's already family also. At some point I started crying so easily! At a wedding, it's almost guaranteed, even if I don't know the couple that well.

  8. Have a wonderful time at the wedding!!

  9. have fun at the wedding...I always enjoy busting out the "lawnmower" on the dance floor, hope you've got some good moves ready to go :)

  10. Aww! Congrats to your brother! And I totally agree about the "now we're family thing" - doesn't work just because a marriage happened. Family is Love.

    Enjoy your weekend! Have a blast at the wedding!

  11. post lots of pics on instagram! hope the wedding is as beautiful as they are! congrats to them!

  12. this post made me all teary! yay for weddings. hope you have a blast.

  13. Happy Friday! Your sister in law to be sounds soooo great. Isn't it wonderful when you actually like the people your siblings choose to marry? My sister's husband is awesome but my husband's sister's husband... not so much. Luckily for me (not so lucky for her), I don't think she likes him all that much either, so she usually leaves him at home when they come to visit us.

    Have a great time at the wedding! If it's your last appearance as a bridesmaid, you've really got to make it count. Epic speech, lots of dancing, inappropriate song requests (I always enjoy requesting "Gold Digger" at weddings) =)

  14. Ahhh, how sweet! Can't wait to see photos. Have a great time! Congrats to your brother :)

  15. Cheers to your brother and Aubrey tying the knot after 12 years. I hope they have a very special wedding day!! Have a blast and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  16. Best wishes to all and cheers to you! My sister-in-law is fantastic so I know how you feel.

  17. 12 yrs! Congrats to them, how exciting. And how awesome that you and the sister-in-law get along so well. I have definitely heard horror stories so it is refreshing to hear when people get along well.

  18. I hope that you guys have a wonderful weekend! Congrats and best wishes to the bride and groom!

    also, you and MFD do not age!!! Are you wizards?

  19. Aww this is so sweet! Cheers to your brother and his new bride!

  20. How exciting!!! Congratulations to your brother and his new wife! :) Yay can't wait to see how it all turns out! Have fun at the wedding Stephanie and report back :P -Iva

  21. Congrats brother and Audrey!! enjoy yourself!!! 11 times...

  22. Wow, and I thought my husband and I waiting 7 1/2 years was a long time! Congrats to them!!!

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  24. aw congrats to them!! i've been a bridesmaid 3 times, and all for the same person!

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    This post made me a bit teary, and I've already seen pics on your FB and Momma Sherridans IG. Looked like a beautiful day!!!! <3

  26. I'm a little late to the party, but I hope you have an amazing wedding filled weekend with lots and lots of happy :)

  27. I hope the wedding was fantastic!!! Congrats on your newest family member! :)

  28. Hope you had a great time at the wedding!

  29. Cheers to love!! You know it's my fave ;) Congrats to the happy couple!

  30. Congrats to you family!! This was such a sweet and touching post!!

  31. This was beautiful... you almost made ME cry! You're a good sister. :)

  32. Hope you had a blast at the wedding! Congrats to the little bro!

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