This past weekend Christopher and I traveled to East Tennessee for my childhood bestie’s wedding.
Nearly 20 years ago Ashley and I made a pact that we would be bridesmaids in each other’s weddings. After I moved away from Crossville in 1998 we kept in touch via snail mail. Then somewhere in our teen years we fell out of touch. However, when I got engaged I remembered our pact and searched for her, but couldn’t get in touch with her. A couple of years later I got a friend request on Facebook and it was her! We reconnected and hit it off again just like when we were kids. 🙂 When she got engaged she asked if I’d be a bridesmaid. I told her I’d be honored. And this weekend we fulfilled a 20 year old pact…
The weekend started off with a rehearsal where I first met Ashley’s other friends and family (keep in mind, she and I were besties nearly 20 years ago so a lot has changed for both of us since then, haha!). There were MUCH laughter at the rehearsal!
There were especially a lot of jokes and laughter revolving around “Caitie”. One of the bridesmaids (Caitie) couldn’t make it to the rehearsal so the guy standing next to me (Denis, who did sound for the wedding) stood in for her. He did a great job and kept us all laughing! 🙂
Jayna is Ashley’s step-daughter now. And she is absolutely precious. When she walked down the aisle (she was the flower girl) her daddy started crying. Which made her start crying. Which made ME start crying, haha! I loved getting to know her this weekend. She is sugar and spice and all things nice and I just loved her. I think she could tell that I was good auntie material because she clung to my side most of the weekend. 😉
Summer was one of Ashley’s other bridesmaids who I’d never met before, but she and I were like soul sisters. Summer was Ashley’s bestie from high school before she too moved away. She and I are SO alike and spent a ridiculous amount of time together. We became such good friends in 24 hours that we are planning a trip to see each other soon! 🙂
I think part of the reason Summer and I connected so quickly was because she reminded me SO MUCH of one of my besties, Casey. Summer & I are on the left and Casey & I are on the right above. She talks like her, acts like her, and even looks a lot like her! Within a couple hours she and I were having really personal conversations because she reminded me so much of Casey that it was easy to open up to her. We ended up sleeping together in a tiny twin bed the night before the wedding and at that point we knew our friendship was forever sealed. 😉
Christopher spent a lot of time playing with my camera while we were having photos taken (he didn’t get in the way of the photographer, though!! I know that’s a huge pet peeve of wedding photographers so he was careful about that). This shot made me laugh because it’s SO a face/expression that I make when I’m flirting with him. 😉
Ashley was a little overwhelmed with wedding stuff so we didn’t have just a ton of time to chat, but I was glad that I could be there with her for the weekend. And so proud to stand up with her as she pledged her life to Jay. And I was so happy that I got to meet Summer and Jayna! 🙂
– Have you gone to a childhood friend’s wedding?
– Any stories of keeping 20 year old pacts?
– Have you ever hit it off quickly with someone who reminds you so much of another close friend?