I know this blog is a little late but I have very little internet at my new home.
I was so excited to be a part of my good friend Martha’s wedding in North Carolina. While I was in New Zealand she sent me a letter asking me to be a bridesmaid and I excitedly accepted! Martha and I went to High School together in Southern California. We have been able to stay in touch with the wonders of technology. She started dating Ryan around 5 years ago and I have been praying for their relationship ever since. I never met him but they way that he affected her made me so happy.
As I was getting ready for their wedding I was so excited to finally get to visit her in North Carolina and to meet Ryan in person. She had asked us to pick out our own dresses and sent us a fabric swatch with the color she wanted. I was so excited to be able to pick a dress that I wanted and would wear again. As I searched for dresses I decided I would just make one. I looked at a lot of different patterns and finally decided on an infinity dress. I found a few patterns on Pinterest and merged them to make the dress I wanted. It was perfect. After making my dress I sent a picture to Martha who got excited and decided that we should all have that dress. I told her I would make them for the other girls and got searching for fabric. Sadly I was unable to find the same color fabric as the day approached but I found a great solution in another color and dyed one darker. It was perfect.
My New Suitcase (will do a review on it later)
As I packed and got ready to go I continued to get excited. I also made plans to visit a fellow Tough Chik while I was there and was eager to meet Rebecca face to face. It’s amazing how the Tough Chik family is connected everywhere we go. Monday morning I left early to catch my plane to Raleigh with a layover in San Francisco. The first flight was good and soon I was in the terminal in San Francisco. We quickly found out that our flight was going to be delayed about an hour. I was sad to have to sit in the airport for longer but I went and walked around and got something to eat. While I was waiting I constantly checked the screens for an updated time for our flight. It changed a few more times as we were delayed even longer. Finally I went and sat where I could see the screens and started to watch a movie on Netflix.
Oh the things you see in Airports
Finally it was our flight time after 3 hours of delays. As I walked to the gate I noticed everyone was just standing around. We ended up waiting another hour and a half for the crew to get there. After what seemed like an eternity we were finally able to board the plane and take off. On the flight I sat across the aisle from this guy who immediately noticed my Ragnar jacket and started a conversation. The flight went quickly to him and his friend about Ragnar, running, and other races. I found out he was going to be running Boston the next week.
Finally I was on the ground and I got to see Martha waiting for me. We headed straight to her house and to bed. The plan for the next day was to sleep in and then hangout and run some errands. It was a beautiful day and she gave us a little driving tour of Raleigh. There really is not much in Raleigh.
We stopped to pick up some cupcakes to try 🙂
The next day was Wednesday. I woke up early and went for a 3.5 mile run from her house. It was so beautiful and it felt so good to get out in the open air. When I returned Ryan was there picking up the rest of the stuff for the wedding. After a quick shower, all the bridesmaids headed to the mall to get our nails done. It was so fun being girls together and just hanging out.
On my run
After our nails Martha and her mom headed to the airport to pick up her dad while Ashley, Carmen, and I headed to Ryan’s parents house (the wedding site) so I could rehearse the song I was singing for the wedding.
Ready for rehearsal
After a few run throughs of the song, we walked around and saw all the things ready for the wedding. Once Martha and her parents arrived we were ready for the rehearsal. The rehearsal was beautiful and it excited us even more for the wedding the next day. The rehearsal dinner was at this amazing restaurant where they cook it right in front of you. That night Martha and all us bridesmaids stayed in a nice hotel near her house. We were all so tired we basically just went to sleep.
At Dinner flaming onions
The next morning we ate breakfast in the hotel and then headed to the wedding site to get ready. Getting ready was crazy as we did our makeup and got our hair done. It was full of laughs and tears and joy. When the flowers arrived we realized that the bouquets were nothing close to what Martha wanted so we took them all apart and redid them. I was so thankful that I had worked in a flower shop and actually knew something about arranging flowers. They turned out beautiful and we were so excited that it could be fixed.
Bridesmaids checking on everything
Ready to put on our dresses
Martha with a flower girl
Martha was a beautiful bride
Finally the time came for the wedding. Martha look beautiful in her dress and we were so excited to share this day with her. We walked down the aisle, listened to the vows and watched the first kiss. The song for Communion went great and all was great, Aside from the flower girls being a little crazy. It’s amazing how as soon as the wedding starts all the details are forgotten and the bride and groom are really all that matter. Once the wedding was over we started on the pictures. After a million different pictures we finally headed to the reception.
When I get more pictures I will do a post with some official pictures! 🙂
As I said the wedding was held at Ryan’s parent’s house. The ceremony was next to their house in front of this massive rock. The Reception was held in the backyard in a huge tent they rented for the day. The ten was amazing and had heaters in side to keep it from being too cold. They even rented a Portable Toilet. This was not a portapottie it was like a trailer that had the bathroom inside. It even had music playing and full flush toilets. It was amazing.
The reception was fun. We danced, and took pictures, and waited for the bouquet to be tossed. The food was amazing and we were so excited to wave them off with sparklers as they left for their honeymoon. It was an exhausting night coordinating and making sure everything was perfect for Martha and Ryan but it was so worth it to see her so happy.
Carmen and I at the Reception
Martha surprised with an awesome car to leave in
The next day my fellow Tough Chik and friend Rebecca came to hangout. We drove around Raleigh and walked around the mall. It was so great to meet her in person and to hangout. It’s amazing how quickly we clicked and it felt like we had known each other forever! I seriously love my Tough Chik sisters.
Friday night we went to a Good Friday Service at a friend’s church. It was a great time of seeking the Lord and remembering what Jesus did on that cross for us. I knew I was going to spend my Easter on a plan so it was great to enjoy Good Friday.
Saturday I took Martha’s family to the airport and went to explore Raleigh for myself. I went to a cemetery, ate a cupcake, and just enjoyed time on my own. I knew that I was moving in a few days and I wanted to enjoy some time just sitting and taking everything in. It was a beautiful day.
I love cemeteries!
Sunday I got up early and Ryan’s parents took me to the airport for my 6:30am flight. It was beautiful watching the sunrise from the airport window and I looked forward to all that was awaiting me on my return to California.
In San Fran again
I am so happy for Martha and Ryan and can’t wait to see all that the Lord has in store for them. It’s always excited to see friends get married. In high school Martha always swore that she would be the last of us to get married but I guess I have her beat!