Friday, June 15, 2012

friends getting married

After another long hiatus, I'm here to blog!

Now that I'm out of college, I am presently freelancing, primarily for magazines. I'm also serving/bartending, and watching half-a-dozen friends get married to their longtime beaus.

It's funny about watching friends get married when you don't even have a boyfriend. My friend Amy and I have been reflecting on it, seemingly on the daily. We both aren't dating anyone in particular, and yet our friends, many of whom are our same age, are diving into marriage with great confidence and ease. I alone have six couples in my life who have wedding plans within the next year. (And one got married just this past weekend.) In the next month, I will attend two celebrations for dear friends. After that, it will be back to hardcore wedding planning with Maria, who will finally be marrying Alex at some point within the next year. I'll be a bridesmaid for the second time next summer, in dear Augusta's nuptials to dear Mitch.

I'm so happy for my friends. I keep reminding them that their wedding days are their days, nobody else's. Since I've grown up in my dad's photo studio, I've spent a far greater amount of time with brides and grooms [and mothers-in-law and bridesmaids...] than the average bear. This kind of talk is second nature. What Amy and I are most in agreement on is that neither of us really wants to be getting married right now ourselves. There's nothing wrong with what we want, and there's nothing wrong with our friends' wanting to get married now. This is one of those times when it's important to remember that what we really all want is to enjoy ourselves in the best way we know how.

I'm so excited to go to some rockstar weddings, and finally go as a guest rather than a vendor. And I'm really, really excited to see my friends make their lifetime commitments with their leading men. Stay tuned for more on going to friends' weddings. And please share your experiences in the comment section. What advice can you share for helping your friends have incredibly special weddings? I'm itching to know.

Top photo and bottom photo: sources unknown.
Middle photo by the wonderful Joe Buissink, to whose work my Papa introduced me after discovering him at a PPA convention a couple of years ago.


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