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Happy wedding day!

March 12, 2011

It’s a bittersweet day for me.

Two of my dearest friends are getting married and I can’t be there to witness it.

Becky and Rich have been together a LONG time and got engaged last year. Want to hear a funny story? Becky is from my hometown and only a year younger than me, but we didn’t know each other … until we met at Domino’s during college. And guess where Becky met Rich? If you said Domino’s, you get a prize! There must have been something in the water at store #1316. 😉

Although we’re very different, Becky and I became best friends. For several years we were almost inseparable. She really showed me how to loosen up and have fun. Although she’s given me a lifetime of friendship in nine short years, there’s one instance that really sticks out in my mind.

When I broke up with my boyfriend, my roommates and friends were a great support system; however, Becky was the one who said, “Come over after work. We’ll have a girls night complete with facials, pedicures, manicures and beer.” And that’s what we did. It was what I needed to take my mind off the emotional turmoil – and she knew that. To this day, I still love her for it.

Like most friendships, we’ve had our ups and downs but managed to work through them all. Although we aren’t as close as we once were, I can’t imagine my life without her (or Rich ;)).

You can understand why I was conflicted when she told me they were having a destination wedding in March 2011. On one hand, I was beyond excited they were tying the knot. On the other, I was sad because every spare dime I have is going toward our big day and I knew I wouldn’t be able to attend.

Even though part of me is still upset, I refuse to let it get me down. Today, March 12, 2011, my friends are saying “I do.” Hooray! I wish them nothing but happiness for the rest of their lives!

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Janelle gets married

October 18, 2010

My friend Janelle got married last weekend in the Carlisle, Pa. area. Yay!

This weekend wasn’t just about a wedding. It was also a reunion of three Disney roommates:

Lindsay, Janelle and Meg

Janelle, Meg and I lived together for six months while doing the WDW College Program eight years ago. The three of us and Becky, who wasn’t able to come, became fast friends and really stuck together when our two other roommates caused drama (sticking hundreds of mailing address labels all over our apartment, anyone?). I’ve been fortunate to see Meg twice since leaving Orlando in 2003, but not Janelle or Becky. We’ve all stayed in occasional contact via e-mail though. Isn’t technology wonderful?

We really couldn’t have asked for a better reason or weekend to get together. The weather was beautiful. The restaurants (and beer) were fantastic. The company was even better.

Quite frankly, this was the best wedding I’ve ever attended. Janelle and her husband Tim went above and beyond to make the ceremony and reception deeply personal. Even the staple wedding items (ceremony, centerpieces, favors, place cards, etc.) didn’t feel cookie cutter. Although Meg and I knew no one except Janelle, we were welcomed with open arms by her parents and other friends and family.

To get the day started, Meg and I joined Janelle, her mom and cousin Ashley at the salon for mimosas, danishes and wedding hairdos:

The ceremony was held at Children’s Lake in Boiling Springs, Pa.:

Janelle and Tim wrote their own vows:

They also incorporated a tribute to Janelle’s brother, Jeremy, who was tragically killed March 14, 2009. The ceremony musician played and sang Jeremy’s favorite song, 99 Red Balloons by GoldFinger. At the end of the song, Janelle released a red balloon into the air:

After one more picture, we headed to Rillo’s Restaurant for the reception.

A true Disney girl’s fairy tale, the reception theme was Lady and the Tramp (Janelle’s favorite Disney movie).

The place cards were hung over the movie poster.

Photo by Meg

The couple’s sweetheart table was adorned with a red and white checkered table cloth.

The wait staff all wore cute aprons.

The favor was all of the dry ingredients for Minestrone soup.

The table numbers were the focal points of the centerpieces.

Photo by Meg

The guest book which I didn’t take a picture of was a book of classic Disney tales. We were asked to sign the page of our favorite story. Bet you can’t guess which one I picked. 😉

We even drank Wedding Cake martinis. Sooo good!

We dined on spaghetti and meatballs, chicken and haddock, as well as pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. Not only was the cake beautiful, but it tasted beyond amazing. It was, hands down, the best I’ve ever had.

They danced to Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion.

Tim found Janelle’s garter.

And a friend put it on the leg of the woman who caught the bouquet. Does she look familiar?

Afterward, the drinks flowed freely and the dance floor was jumping. A good time was had by all!