My sophomore roommate from college was great. Katie and I were very different. She was organized, I was not. We had a line down the center of the room, as long as my things did not escape the line, it was not an issue. She was an art history major. Her side of the room was always lovely, as was she. She had a talent for putting together outfits. Once, I was going out on a date. She asked me, “Oh, is that what you are wearing?” My response was, “No, apparently not.” She dressed me like a doll, and I encouraged it.
So she got married in February. I had a very complicated relationship with her wedding. Not her—Her wedding.
1) I got the wedding announcement and was totally depressed. One of my BFFs was getting married and again I was out of the country.
2) My dad was terminally ill. I was going to take care of him, so I would be in the country for the wedding. I could GO! Yay!
3) My dad was SO ill I couldn’t plan on going because his death was imminent.
4) My dad died way before I thought he would. So…Wedding was on.
My friend asked me to be her bridesmaid. Through out the entire #1-4 she was awesome. She told me she would love for me to be in the wedding. All she asked was to let her know when I knew, a few days before the wedding would be fine. Katie is amazing in that way.
While I wanted to be there for her I had hesitations. I hadn’t done anything social since my dad died. But I had already bought the tickets. It was hard for me because it was only a year and a half ago that my parents walked me down the aisle at my on wedding.
But I went anyway. And I had an amazing time. I saw some of my friends I hadn’t seen in five years. While I was a little sad, I was also so happy to be there for my friend. Also, it was not my wedding. It was Katie’s. Katie’s wedding. The weekend was not about me—It was about Katie (and Pete). A woman who we all wanted to celebrate, and share in her experience. Every moment of that wedding day, I was fiercely glad I could be there with her.
To start the Wedding Weekend, I flew to Nashville, from where I made the road trip to Memphis with my friends Kate and Ben. The weekend started off on an interesting note.
First, waiting for my flight to Nashville, I recognized a woman in my gate. I knew her from some where, but could not place her for a few minutes. Waiting for my flight was made much more interesting by sneaking peeks at this woman and racking my brain for where I had met her. Then I realized, I hadn’t met her…I knew her from her blog. Yes, at the Charlotte airport was Mr. Lady! An auspicious beginning indeed!
I got off the plane, and Kate jumped out of her car, there was hugging and shrieking and then Kate started doing both as well. Then, we got a call from our friend Ben. He had dislocated his shoulder right before he left for the airport…What should he do? Well, because the theme of the weekend was “Everyone Loves Katie!” he sucked it up, got on the plane and asked the flight attendant for ice. We had a sling waiting for him when he got off the plane.
Every aspect of the wedding was a lot of fun. Seeing old friends, making new ones. Blind Mississippi Morris performed at the rehearsal dinner, blowing us out of the water. Also, it was at Fire Museum of Memphis, where they served martinis that smoked.
The whole weekend was amazing, and really a journey. There was time with friends, a beautiful wedding, and I think some healing too.