This past Saturday, June 4th, was my good friend Ayleen’s wedding to her now husband, Tom. After a thirteen month engagement, it’s hard to believe that the day has come and gone, but I feel lucky to have been asked to be a bridesmaid and was able to be a part of their big day.
Before Saturday, the past month has been filled with fun pre-wedding activities, from the Wedding Shower on May 1st to the Bachelorette Party on May 14th. For the bachelorette party, the hostess, Jackie, held a Pure Romance Party, and afterward we all went out for dinner and bowling at a local place called Rule 3. It was a lot of fun and we all spent quite a bit of time laughing. Let’s just say that my bowling skills are, well…non-existent. I think my top game was a 63 and can say with confidence that the six-year-old on the lane next to us had more skill.
On Friday, June 3, Ayleen and I started the weekend hanging out while I helped her to gather last minute things for the wedding. We went to Krispy Kreme Donuts for National Donut Day, Piada for lunch, ran around the north side of Columbus, and then checked into the hotel room that we were going to stay in for the night for our traditional night-before-wedding slumber party. (Ayleen spent the night before me and Anthony’s wedding as well) After rehearsal dinner, we walked the mall for a bit, did a little shopping and then hit Sonic for milkshakes (another pre-wedding tradition of ours). The day was amazing and reminded us of old times before jobs and life became so hectic.
Saturday morning came quickly and we went to the hotel restaurant for breakfast, where the server as pushy and rude. I think it is safe to say that we felt our server would have preferred us to take our plates to the parking lot to eat on the curb with the pigeons. After we ate, we went back to the hotel room to gather our things to take where they needed to go and check out of the room and by 11 am, we were at the salon to get our hair done. The bridesmaids plus Ayleen’s mom hung out, talked, laughed and snacked on cheese,crackers and mimosas while we took turns having our hair styled. I was also reminded why I love Ayleen’s stylist so much. Her feisty attitude along with her talent make her so much fun to be around.
The rest of the morning and early afternoon flew by in a blur and before we could blink, it was time to start getting ready for the wedding. We got dressed and ready for photos, and then it was time for Ayleen to walk down the isle.
Ayleen looked gorgeous in her dress and the wedding decor was so beautiful, all done by Ayleen’s sister Melisa, and friend Jackie. There was a bit of dancing, a lot of mingling and The night was incredible and I can only hope that Ayleen and Tom took a chance to enjoy their day. I know all to well that it can go by in a blur and you can miss a lot if you don’t take a chance to look around and take it all in. I’m so happy for them both and wish them a lifetime of happiness and love.