Brian and Meghan Get Married [PHOTOS + VIDEO]
It was the perfect day for a wedding and seeing my brother tear up when he saw his bride at the back of the church was all it took for the flood gates to open wide.
My little brother Brian and his bride Meghan have known each other since they were kids as our families went to the same church. But it wasn't until they were adults that sparks flew and they found themselves in love. Saturday they professed their love before God, family and friends as they exchanged vows and rings.
Brian's wedding day started at my parent's house where the whole family gathered to help him get dressed. In all, there were 19 of us sharing in this moment. My sister Beth suggested I take photos because normally only the bride gets pictures as such. While Brian was dressing and I was snapping photos of him, we all sang "Get Me to the Church on Time" from My Fair Lady to him because we used to listen to Rodgers and Hammerstein as kids and that was one of our favorite songs.
Brian planned to wear a hat at his reception and asked us to look after it for him. What he didn't know is that in addition to looking after it, we broke it in for him!
Brian and Meghan's ceremony was beautiful. I thought I'd be a mess, but I think the fact Brian and Meghan have known each other almost as long as they've been alive put me to ease. However, I did cry when I looked up and saw my brother catch a glimpse of his bride for the first time standing at the back of the church. I watched him try to swallow the lump in his throat and then his eyes welled with tears.
Our littlest brothers Charlie and Sammy served as ring bearers while our youngest sister Sarah served as junior bridesmaid. The bride walked down the aisle in a gorgeous laced mermaid dress. Our childhood pastor officiated and our grandpa, a former pastor, lead prayer and read scripture.
After being announced husband and wife, the church emptied onto the sidewalk and as the bells rang from the steeple, we cheered and blew bubbles.
Brian and Meghan's wedding was followed by a fantastic wedding reception in the town we grew up in which included lots of dancing, laughter, good food and lots of memory making.
So much fun was had. How much? Well, this is what the morning after looked like:
Speaking of the next morning, after about 3 hours of sleep, my sister woke up the house and put us to work getting things prepared for a mini family reunion. It was wonderful to get to see aunts and uncles and cousins and catch up because so many of them live out of state. We had people from Washington state, Virginia, Florida and California.
One more precious moment from this weekend that I've got to share with you is when my grandpa looked around at our whole family and said "this is quite a bunch we've got." My grandma replied "and it all started with you." My grandpa followed with, "if you hadn't been so sexy, none of them would be here." How adorable is that?