Last weekend my sister had her fairytale wedding. She married the man of her dreams in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony, partied the night away with her closest friends and family, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen my sister smile so much in her life; I’ve also never seen her happier.
It was a beautiful wedding, that we will all remember for a lifetime.
And it wasn’t just that. Beyond the rehearsal, getting ready, the ceremony, the reception, or their obvious love for each other, there was something else that touched my heart last weekend… my family.
I’ve always known my family is pretty incredible – I have more aunts, uncles, and cousins than I can count, and everyone of them would walk through fire if it meant helping someone in the family – but last weekend they flat out went above and beyond anything I could ever imagine.
I’ll admit reading blogs – or reading the comments of these blog posts – have left me feeling guilty taking my family up on their original offers to help on anything wedding related. Where at first I felt so excited and incredibly thankful for their offers, I began to feel worried that I was asking too much, that I could do this on my own and that I didn’t want to be a bother. I started to waiver from my original plans a bit and considered upping the original budget and hiring outside vendors for the DIY projects I had in mind. I was giving into stranger’s advice, instead of listening to my heart.
But then – THEN – I saw those same family members help with my sister’s wedding this past weekend and all those doubts vanished.
I’m not kidding when I say they went above and beyond helping, because they did. Not only in the weeks leading up to the ceremony with DIY projects and collecting decorative pieces, but in the two days before the ceremony when they drove to the site early and turned the standard banquet hall into a beautiful purple and green forrest.
Kelly and Anthony had several hands on deck arranging flowers, decorating the altar, adding lights to trees made of branches cut from various backyards, and just helping in anyway possible. They took Kelly’s vision and made it reality, while laughing, joking, and having fun with it. To them, this was fun.
I was literally speechless and incredibly humbled by how great everyone was. I was also inspired by my amazing family and now can not wait to work with them on mine and Derek’s wedding this coming January. They’re just as excited to work on it too. They’re already sending ideas my way on how they can help and are offering their services in anyway possible. I think asking them to not help would be more heart breaking to them than asking them to help.
Before my sister’s wedding, I was beginning to panic on getting this done or that done with setting up the site before the wedding, but now that panic is gone (at least temporarily) because I know my family will be there and I know they will help make our wedding the best that it can be. 🙂