this past saturday, our best friends tied the knot. i've known the groom (derek) since before i can remember and when he found his bride (jenn), i also found a best friend. :)
matt, tucker and i were all in the wedding. i was so happy we were going to be looking sharp, as i hoped to get a nice family shot. well, i obviously was suffering from brain damage during the day and i didn't take many pictures. it was kind of hard to worry about keeping tucker in line, and being where we had to be, and looking nice...i didn't need to add lugging camera equipment around to the list. so, by the next day, when looking back at the pictures, i was a bit disappointed. oh well. i've still got the memories.
memories of tucker being a complete crazy goofball during the ceremony. i think the pastor referred to him as 'turbo charged'. let's just say, when it was his turn to walk down the aisle, he was screaming for 'mom' and 'dad' from the back of the church (as matt and i had already walked down the aisle). then he ran down the aisle and stood next to another bridesmaid. we had a plan to have our good friend david (who was in the front row) have tucker sit with him during the ceremony. well, david tried to lure him in with the candy and tucker wasn't having it. he continued to wiggle, walk, run, jump and slide around. the pastor made light of it, which was a relief. i guess tucker helped to cut the tension too. the best part of his antics? that was when the flower girl started hanging with him on the steps at the front of the church. she laid down like sleeping beauty and he proceeded to kiss her on the lips. LOVELY. he then pulled off his shoe and laurie (the brides mom) grabbed him and helped get it back on. he then sat down with david and had some fruit snacks. david told me he said, 'i want my mom.' david told him i was busy. tucker replied, 'no she's not. she's just standing there.' HA! it wasn't two minutes later, i looked at him and he was passed out. he was like a limp noodle in david's arms. when david carried him out, everyone got a good chuckle. i have to blog about this because i don't want to forget his dynamic experience as a ringbearer. :)
one of the few shots i took of the little guy.
back to the reason for this post.
a week or so ago, i had written down a little toast for derek and jenn. i wasn't obligated to say anything, but i couldn't let the day go by without wishing our best friends the best. later at the dance, sheena reminded me that it was something on my big list. thanks girl!
i don't have video of the toast and i'm not going to type the entire thing out in this blog post. here is the first couple lines:
derek, i hope that marriage takes your love with jenn to new heights...
even higher than those heights reached when we jumped the cul-de-sac.
jenn, i hope that your life with derek is like a dance...
one even more memorable than the dance we shared ontop of the flat horn picnic table.
derek, i am glad you will have jenn by your side, always...
so you never have to walk alone in the middle of the night down london road.
jenn, i am glad you will have derek to keep your warm at night...
especially during camping trips when you choose the tent over a heated camper.
derek, i hope that jenn will always be there to make sure you are taken care of...
because god knows you can't live off spaghetti o's and combo's forever.
jenn, i'm glad you have a nice tough guy like derek to keep you safe...
in case anything ever were to chase you through the dark on the golf course road.
it was an awesome weekend and i could write a book about all the awesomeness, but i won't. i have some pictures (that i'm sure i'll load up to facebook soon) but i'll end this post with one of my favorite shots i took of the bride.
she was stunning.
congratulations again to jenn + derek. we love you both.