A Bride's Story - Unexpected Turns

I have to say that when Amber told me she had news this week...I laughed. When you read today's blog, I think you will too...don't get me wrong, parts are very sweet but then others...are so typical of unexpected turns



Happy Wednesday, my friends! Okay, I have always been completely honest with you all (for better or worse) and I have to tell you all now…things are really coming together and I cannot believe that in less than five and a half months, I get to marry the man of my dreams!!

This has already been such an amazing journey; even with the minor breakdowns, a few tears, and a little yelling...I catch myself daydreaming about walking down the aisle and pledging my eternal love to Dan in front of our family and friends on a daily basis. I know that I have said it a million times already and I will say it a million times more, but I am so incredibly lucky to have such an amazing man by my side through this crazy trip called life.

Today, I went out with a good friend for the day and we found ourselves at Barnes & Noble (aka the happiest place on earth) and while wandering around we realized there was an entire section dedicated to weddings! It was small, but we were shocked at how many books there were for a wedding! Books on etiquette, how to be a great bridesmaid, how to be a great mother of the bride, etc. Who knew the subject warranted so many books? My friend picked up a book and it opened up to a page about pregnant bridesmaids. According to etiquette (I’m pretty sure it was the “for dummies” edition) it stated that pregnant bridesmaids used to be a source of embarrassment back in the day. (WHAT?!) It’s not now, of course, but it’s completely insane that women used to be made to feel as though they should be ashamed for bringing new life into the world while standing for a friend welcoming a new journey in her own life!

It is even funnier that the page happened to fall open to this because I recently found out that not just one, but TWO of my bridesmaids are expecting babies about three and four weeks respectively after my wedding! Now my first thought when I found out the first time was, “OMG, I am so happy for her….but is she still going to be able to come to my wedding?!” and after finding out about the second one all I could think was, “OMG, I am SO HAPPY and who cares what she can or can’t do for the wedding!” I do think that my first bridesmaid telling me may have paved the way for my having zero selfish thoughts for the second one! I will say that both bridesmaids are planning on attending and have let their doctors know about the wedding and now all I can think about is how lucky I am!

Two women, whom I love dearly, are going to schlep down to Savannah to share this wonderful day with me, even though they are likely going to be very uncomfortable and ready to meet their new bundles of joy! I am also incredibly lucky because when these babies get old enough, I get to tell them that they were at Aunt Amber and Uncle Dan’s wedding and show them pictures of them in their mommy’s tummies! I cannot express enough the importance of taking a step back and not thinking selfishly because while yes, I am embarking on a new chapter of my life, these beautiful women are starting a new chapter OF LIFE for those babies.

I am honored that these wonderful women are going to stand with me (or sit if need be!) on such a momentous occasion and I am blessed to be a part of their children’s lives even before they make their first appearance on this Earth. I love both of these babies already and cannot wait to meet them.

One minor selfish thought – Dear babies, If you’re itching for early release, I just ask that you hold your escape until after the I Do part of the day. After that…I’m all yours! Love, Aunt Amber

Until next time, friends! Amber

Be sure to check out tomorrow’s vendor spotlight if you are recently engaged and looking for a great wedding planner. Tomorrow we talk to Heather Bryson of Carolina Event Design.

Until next time, don’t forget your sunscreen and be sure to share your love on Facebook! Laurie