My Favorite Sister’s Wedding

Yesterday I witnessed my sister’s wedding at the Richmond cathedral. It was a beautiful ceremony (and not a full Mass, thank goodness), and I got to see a ton of family and family friends at the reception. I also got to spend a fair amount of time with my sister’s husband’s family, which was really nice. They’re good people, and together we’ll all support the marriage in the coming years.

A few of my favorite moments were:

–Seeing how kindhearted and helpful Emily’s bridesmaids were. It made me feel good about the person Emily has been for the last 13+ years. (I kept checking for rings, but they all had them.)

–Escorting my 11-year-old cousin down the aisle and watching her face turn a deep shade of red as I offered her my arm. It was adorable.

–Listening to the priest talk about the first time my sister and Joel said “I love you” to one another.

–Getting photobombed by Joel’s grandmother (see photo below).

–Hearing my dad’s speech and blessing for Emily and Joel. In fact, all of the speeches were heartfelt and quite good.

–Seeing a toddler at the reception go from sleepy and grumpy one moment to wide awake and ecstatically happy when she realized that there was ice cream. Ah, the simple joys of youth.

–Finding my mom for the last dance of the night, handing her off to my brother for the second half of the song, and finishing off the dance with my grandmother. Perfection.

What are some of your favorite wedding memories?