A Wedding Weekend to Remember (Complete with Video)

Some people are fortunate enough to have their lifelong best friends all within a few miles radius.  I am not one of those people.  Other people are fortunate enough to have best friends, with whom even after being physically apart for months or even years at times, can come together and share moments like they’d never been apart.  I am one of those people. 

This past weekend I was lucky enough to be part of one of my best friend’s weddings.  Lindsay and I have been friends since third grade.  She’s always been a little cooky, and I’m pretty sure that’s what drew us to each other in the first place.  As a science project one year, we teamed up to do some sort of experiment with mice.  I don’t think there was much of a point to it, except for the fact it was a good excuse to go to the pet shop and convince our parents to let us buy something (all in the name of academics,  of course).  I remember we lost the mice.  I think we just got tired of them and pretended they never existed.  Still don’t know where they ended up.   Where WE ended up, after school, is over 600 miles away from each other, but every time we get together, the cooky girl I once knew….gets even cooky-er.   

Seems like these days, the old elemetary-high school crew gets together mainly for celebrations.  Which believe me, is probably the best situation.  We pretty much just party like we’re 17 again and giggle til we cry.  Or cry til we cry.  Lindsay and her new husband, John Joe had me sobbing the whole way through the ceremony.  Something about my old age is making me super sentimental.  Or maybe it’s just that I am so incredibly happy to finally see Lindsay with someone who is so amazing to her.  The two of them compliment each other perfectly, and after some of her “practice rounds’ with other guys [read: d-bags]…she deserves to have someone like John Joe!

During the reception, in a gigantic, beautiful backyard in North Carolina, when Linz asked me what the best part of the wedding was, I immediately blurted out, “THE BOCCE BALL!”   I thought she was going to punch me….(I’m glad I didn’t throw in basketball as well).  But I think that’s what I loved best about it.  Ok, ok, after reflecting, I guess it wasn’t LITERALLY the bocce ball I loved best, but just the whole feel of the down-to-earth, country, romantic feel of the wedding.  Being able to roam around on the grass…sit on a bale of hay…and yes, play bocce ball on two professional bocce ball courts.   The dance floor under the huge tent was bumping all night and the dessert table called my name around midnight, when Amanda and I each got a fork and stuck it into every delicious pie and cake somewhat sneakily, before Amanda announced, “Eh, it’s fine… this is kind of like our wedding too.”

Stephanie and I slow-danced [by ourselves] to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” (I WILL always love you!), Linzi jumped on her new husband’s shoulders for a full song, and Shannon so graciously re-dressed me about 4 times as my wrap-it-yourself bridesmaid dress decided it was tired of holding itself up.  Linzi’s little sis Jen gave a heartfelt speech, while John Joe’s bulldog roamed around the dance floor. 

The night was wrapped up back at the newlywed’s house, where Linzi immediately announced, “John Joe, now that we’re married, I’m gonna get fat, ok?”

This was just one of those weekends that will go down in the books.  Incredible company,  a reunion of old friends, and too many laughs to even begin to count.  

Congratulations to my Lindsnerwa and her John Joe!  I love you both!  Here’s a little video of the weekend I put together.   🙂

Lindsay & John Joe’s Wedding Weekend


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jeanne
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 11:18:16

    that was awesome! thank you for that video.
    john joe’s aunt jeanne


  2. linda cecere
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 22:52:11

    i am so impressed with the talent people have to give something this personable to your friends great job!


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