Jessica Anderson became Jessica Howell on January 3, 2009 and I am STILL recovering. WHEW! What a fun but draining day! This was the first wedding that I have totally coordinated and been in at the same time. In the future, I think I’m going to treat being a bridesmaid like drugs and “JUST SAY NO.” [Not to all of course. Some of my dearest friends have yet to marry and OF COURSe I’ll be honored to be part of their big days]
As I was saying in the days leading up to the wedding : “Jess’ wedding has single handedly made the decision for me to elope.” “The next time I do this much work for a wedding, I better get paid for it.” “My sister’s wedding will be the next one I do, I think.” But thankfully, I have a talent for this kind of thing and almost everyone who attended the soiree told me I should go into business, which, I have to confess, I’m considering.
I have ALWAYS loved weddings. I wanted to be a flower girl more than any little girl should and I used to sit on the front porch [the parsonage I grew up in was RIGHT across the street from the church] and wait for hours to see the bride come out. My mom’s good friend made some of the best wedding dresses in town and she’d let me come over and look at them when she dropped them off at the church. I’d draw wedding dresses in church when my dad was preaching. When I became too old to be a flower girl, I made my little sister the most in demand flower girl in town by making her practice down our long upstairs hall. She was the best thing you ever saw. I swear people started walking into the church my father pastored saying, “I’ll take the flower girl/pastor package please.” She was a flower girl some 7 or 8 times by the age of 6. In a town of 1600, there weren’t a lot of weddings but I swear she threw petals at them all. Here’s the worst of my wedding fetish. In high school I still thought I might become a wedding dress designer or then a wedding planner [the J-lo movie had come out] so I started buying every Martha Stewart weddings magazine. I know. It’s shameful. But I love weddings.
Now some of you may be jumping to the conclusion that oh, she must want to get married SOOO badly. Au contraire my friends. I LOVE being single and when I do finally get roped into marrying some idiot who’ll agree to pay my bills, I plan on ELOPING. So, I think what I love most in weddings are the details. To me, the small things are the most important in life and a wedding is nothing but a symphony of small things. A wedding is a celebration of two people’s love of the small things about another person. So, all kidding and side notes aside, Jessica’s wedding was a near complete success [save a couple light repairs as I learned that even though Christmas lights may be plugged into each other end to end, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should] I’m considering starting a side business of wedding coordination. If have someone who is getting married and wants some tips or advice, send them my way. Other than that, please enjoy a few pictures from Jessica’s Wedding.