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Wedding Bells

Over the weekend I went to Chesterbrook, PA for my cousin Todd’s wedding. I can honestly say it was the sweetest, most romantic wedding I’ve ever been to.

It started a couple weeks before when he had a Facebook status that read “‎18 days till I marry my best friend!”. Right away I couldn’t help but think how powerful and fulfilling it must be to decide that you’re going to spend the rest of your life with someone you call, with confidence, your best friend.

When Todd told us his entire wedding would be outdoors, complete with fat pigs, whiffle ball and kegs, I was skeptical but thought nothing could be more fitting for my untraditional cousin. But when we got to the house in the country that day of the wedding, I was undeniably shocked by how gorgeous, yet simple, the landscape was. I think I said at least 10 times that day that it belonged in a movie.

They held the wedding at a family friend’s house. There was a fountain, a barn and a field with wild horses. The dinner menu was written in chalk with wild flowers in mason jars sitting beside it. There was a basket of bug spray when you walked in, since it was, after all, the country.

What really got me though was their ceremony. I’m not a very religious person and have found most church ceremonies to be stuffy, so to see this raw, self-written ceremony performed outdoors was a breath of fresh air. Their friend performed the ceremony, which added a personal element that most weddings lack. They walked down the aisle, marked by fresh flower petals, to the song “All I want is you” by Barry Louis Polisar (most of us know it from Juno). See their video on Facebook below..

http://www.facebook.com/v/10100160826269716

 Their vows included lines such as “I promise to always tell you your hair looks good” (I may have gotten that a little wrong, but you get the idea).

Her dress was a beautiful antique-looking, floor length off-white dress that fit perfectly with the scenery.

They each walked down the aisle with both their mom and their dad standing proudly at their side.

It was perfect.

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From playground swings to wedding rings.

Weren’t we just playing in sandboxes or paying $2 to get into frat parties? Now we’re working grown-up jobs, brainstorming baby names and picking out wedding gifts!

My sister is engaged. My coworker announced she’s having a baby and one of my girlfriends is getting married this weekend – is this real life?

The scarier part? I’m SO excited! I can’t wait to see Mandy walk down the aisle, say her “I Dos” and look both ecstatic and optimistic as the photographer captures the moment forever.

I always thought there was this moment of clarity when you realized you were an adult and ready for salaries, babies and weddings. But now I’m noticing that’s not the case at all. I think the moments all build up until you start to see that all those “grown up things” are becoming your life.

I still don’t consider myself an “adult”. But I don’t feel like a college student or a kid or an intern anymore. I can’t wait to pick out baby clothes with my coworker and dresses with my sister. But I still like to sleep in until noon on the weekend and get pizza when the bars close.

Life is full of several phases. And while some have defining moments, like losing your first tooth, getting your drivers license and graduating from college, I think most creep up on us before we even realize we’re in them.

Do you feel “adult” yet? When did you begin to feel like your life was entering a new phase?