Last night, I attended my first wedding of the summer (I was supposed to attend another wedding in May but my date had to cancel and I wasn't willing to drive 3-ish hours both ways by myself).
Disclaimer: I have no photos of the bride and groom besides the iPhone pic below because the lighting inside was horrible and I didn't want to blind them with my flash. All photos I took turned out gross, so I don't have any I'm willing to show people.
I finally got to wear my teal Target dress and I had complete forgotten it had pockets. I immediately fell in love again and probably will wear it to church tomorrow, 'cuz it's that awesome. (Photo from my Mac, hence the grainy-ness.)
The wedding was held at Occasions at Stone River, a beautiful venue in the middle of a golf course in Royce City, Texas (about two hours and twenty minutes outside of Waco, a little past Dallas). It was classy, gorgeous, and a complete blast.
To tell guests which table they were assigned to, Jessica made elegant but simple wine charms with our names and table numbers. (See that, parents? 25 years old and I'm still "Sarah L.")
There was an open bar with a few choices of wine and beer, so Samantha and I enjoyed our drinks by each getting a different wine and tasting each others'.
Jessica's grandmother made the beautiful table signs, wedding programs, and gift boxes.
Anthony is super Italian (his middle name is Nello) and so they decided to add a little Italian flavor into the mix.
(If you can't read it, it says: "Italian Wedding Custom: Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat to remind us that life is both bitter and sweet. Five wishes for the new husband and wife--health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life." And yes, I added a serial comma.)
I was able to take a "OHMYGOSH, YOU'RE MARRIED?!" picture with the groom, who is in the clinical psychology graduate program here.
We had a few moments between the wedding and reception while they took some photos, so Samantha, her boyfriend Chris, and I went outside to take some photos.
Aren't they a gorgeous couple? I love the sunspots in this picture.
You can clearly see the gorgeousness of the venue, along with the gorgeousness of Samantha and Chris!
We got a little tired waiting for our food, as we were the last table called to go through the line. Luckily, they knew us well and sat us close to the bar. Smart couple.
Me and Samantha
There were lots of other clinical students there, but I was only able to grab a photo of Shehzad and Crystal. Shehzad and I used to play racquetball together, until he kicked my butt so many times that I got tired of sucking. :)
There was a huge dance floor, plenty of good dance songs, and a plethora of dance partners available. There were conga lines, the Cha Cha Slide, and a soul train...and that was just the first ten minutes of dancing! Samantha and I paid to dance with Anthony in the Money Dance, which I'm pretty sure is the closest to prostitution I'll ever get. ;) We can only hope, right?
The night ended with a little bit of a bummer, as I was accidentally stepped on by a stiletto heel. The top of my foot is bruised, swollen, and the skin is broken (gross, right?), but no bones are broken so it should heal within a couple of days. I tried to hold back the tears but I'm a baby and was unsuccessful. I ended up leaving a little earlier than I would have due to the pain in my foot, but I had a blast regardless! It's always fun to share love with friends.
Now on to the three other weddings we have planned to attend this summer! At least I'll actually have a date to those (Nick gets back in four days; I can barely stand the excitement)!