Saturday, December 4, 2010
"Soooo - let me see that sparkler!" I shout between squeals, welcoming my soon to be sister-in-law into the warmth of our home, overwhelmed with joy that she would soon become even more a part of our family than she already is. Minutes later we are flipping through iPhone photos, giggling and chatting about all the amazing details (none of which I will reveal here as a bridesmaid never tells before the big day, which, by the way is October 15 in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia). But, what I will tell you is that it is going to be….
Amazing. Customized. One-of-a-kind. Created with love. Intriguing. Meaningful. Gorgeous. So them. Fabulous. Timeless. And oh so much fun. She makes me want to do it all over again. With Mike, of course!
And our little family is honored to be a part of it all - Mike as Best Man, Lawson as ring bearer and me as a bridesmaid. All bets are off if the little man actually makes it down the aisle, but we sure are excited to see him in his special get up for the day!
And speaking of special - I cannot be more excited to welcome Miss Erica into our family (officially!) As we celebrated their engagement at Jasper's on 103rd, I gave a little toast that celebrated the planning period and touted how they should enjoy it and have fun. What I SHOULD of said was how delighted I am to have someone like her in my life, so full of grace, love, sincerity, kindness, wisdom and peace. I could talk for hours about how I appreciate her accepting me for me, for loving my little brother for who he is and for always being there, whether it's a handbag decision or a true rough patch I'm enduring in life. How I admire her style, her heart of gold, her love for family and how I think she makes the six that sit close to my heart even better just by having her around. She's the sister every girl dreams of, and I gotta admit, it's especially fun during all this wedding planning! With her impeccable taste, willingness to involve others and the authenticity by which she lives her life. I picture us years from now, inseparable and having the type of sisterhood that can only be created in these types of bonds.
So where does this creative thing get her inspiration? All over - but if I had to peg, it would be www.greenweddingshoes.com. She's doing most of the handy work on her own, imitating that Anthropologie type feel, infused with the love she and my bro share. You'll just have to wait and see, but trust me when I say it's going to be an event worthy of a magazine spread. Even their engagement photos schedule for January are one of a kind - think runways, trains and vintage cars, all cast with their characters adorned in timeless wear. Wow!
So thank you, sis to be, for your inspiration not only found in our friendship, but in this fun wedding ahead! It's going to be simply.amazing.
And for once, I won't have to laugh at the line in "27 Dresses" where she says "so true" to wearing the attire again…because with you, it's true!
Looking forward to many more months of creative planning and late night phone calls. After all, what are sisters for?