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There’s nothing more heartwarming than a happy ending.

And today, the world watched while William and Kate (now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge!) got married, in a gorgeous ceremony. I, like many MANY others got up to watch it live, even though coverage startedΒ at 1 AM my time (the wedding wasn’t until 3). But I stayed awake all the way until the adorable double kiss!

My parents, on the other hand, are currently in Paris and got to watch at a normal hour. They’re bringing me a William & Catherine souvenir teacup from London next week though πŸ™‚

The Royal Wedding though! Eek!

I loved the trees inside Westminster Abbey — with the high ceilings it almost looked like they were outside for the ceremony! And the HATS. Oh, the hats — I want to buy a million different types of fascinators now. (Posh & Becks looked particularly fab, as far as guests go).

The real stunners though, were William & Catherine. William & Harry looked dashing (and William, exceedingly Fairytale Prince-like) and holy cow Catherine’s dress! She looked absolutely beautiful.

The Service

image via The British Monarchy flickr

They look SO happy!

Waving to the crowds

image via The British Monarch flickr

Catherine’s dress (designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen) definitely looks like it took some influence from Grace Kelly’s wedding dress, no?

In keeping with my TGIF theme on Fridays, and in honor of the Royal Wedding, here’s Cory & Topanga’s wedding from Boy Meets World:

Have a great Royal Wedding Day!

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Recap: A Very Glee Wedding

Not one, but TWO weddings on Glee this week! And a Carol Burnett sighting! So many great things I’m just going to get right to it:

Favorite Moments of Furt

*Best Song of the Night: Marry You — The Youtube Wedding “Forever” video has been parodied on TV before (oh hi, The Office) but this was a REALLY great take on it. Everyone was all couple-y and adorable! And honestly, no one was cuter than Burt and Carol!

*Carol Burnett was hilarious as Sue’s Nazi Hunter mom.Β β€œGood news, Sue: We finally caught the last Nazi!” bahaha. Also, it was interesting as always to learn about Sue’s crazy past and see why she’s such a bully — she was basically abandoned with a mentally disabled sister, and when her mom was around she was a huge jerk. I like how the show gives us these moments of understanding, but doesn’t use them to soften the character — Sue is the same old Sue, we just understand her better. I also am just a huge fan of Carol Burnett, so this was a really fun cameo.

*Speaking of Sue’s wedding to herself — what a great funny/kinda sad moment. Also, that dress! A track suit dress, everyone. Amazing on so many levels.

* Burt and Carol’s wedding was so great too — it kinda seemed to be way more about their kids than them, but I guess that’s sorta understandable when you have teenagers and are getting married for a second time? It was sweet, nonetheless. I love that they bombarded Finn and Kurt at school to tell them, and that Kurt immediately commandeered the planning.

* Sam & Quinn are incredibly adorable…that said I would freak out like Quinn did, too, if Sam got down on one knee and tried to give her a promise ring when they weren’t even officially dating. Yikes. It’s not like she wants to be “that girl who’s practically married” immediately following her year as the pregnant cheerleader. It was cute that she broke into his locker to get the ring at the end though.

*Kurt. SO much Kurt stuff going on this episode. Again, I love Mike O’Malley to death — I literally gasped when he found out from Finn about Karofsky and ran into the hallways and shoved Karofksy into the wall. Karofsky seriously freaks me out whenever he gets in Kurt’s face — that moment where he stole the wedding topper from Kurt was really disturbing. This is such a well-executed storyline (even if it has made Glee a little overly-Kurt-centric lately)

*Even better was that this week, the Glee kids FINALLY come to Kurt’s defense — first the girls (thanks to Rachel) gather together to figure out how to be the most effective. They decide that a little muscle never hurt (maybe not the best plan…) but get all of the guys to help out — except for Finn who starts out the episode being kind of a scared little jerk. And Puck, because he can’t risk getting sent back to Juvey.

*Somewhat surprisingly, Kurt’s bullying brought out the defensive from (Principal) Sue. She met with Kurt and his parents multiple times, and even offered to start calling Kurt “Porcelain” after he balked at “Lady” as a nickname. Finally, she stepped down from her role as Principal so that she could keep a better eye on the hallways, since expelling Karofsky didn’t work (I felt SO bad for his dad, by the way) and he’ll be back to terrorizing McKinley soon.

*That led to the biggest shock of the episode, in that Kurt’s parents are using their honeymoon money so he can defect to Dalton Academy with Blaine. It’ll be interesting to see where that leads — he can’t possibly stay to compete against the New Directions, can he?

*And, the Brittany quip of the week (To Tina) “When you guys fooled around, did he ever just lie there?” So bad…but so funny.

Next week (*edit…last night. Sorry!) Glee is going to SECTIONALS!

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A week ago (well, almost two weeks ago Saturday now…oops) one of my very best friends Erin got married, and I was able to not only fly down to Texas to see it, but I got to actually be IN the wedding too, and spend lots of time (though never enough!) with Erin and her absolutely wonderful now-husband Mike.

I flew in Friday early afternoon, and of COURSE got to spend over an hour trying to get a rental car, because that kind of thing just happens when you’re trying to fly into Houston and drive over an hour away to get to a rehearsal dinner on time! Luckily I had a large enough window for it not to be a problem though, and I actually got to the hotel just as Erin was coming by to check into the bridesmaid rooms with my other friend Emily, and Erin’s really great friend from high school, Daisy.

Emily drove Jeremy and I to the rehearsal & dinner, where we passed this along the way:

Oh, hello giant fire hydrant

The rehearsal was great! and the church is SO beautiful — one of only a very few basilicas in the entire United States.

Emily made Erin’s practice bouquet for the rehearsal, with some key touches like A&M colored ribbons, and a reference to our favorite past boss:

Spot the Hidden Mickey!

The rehearsal dinner was at Bistro Lemonde, in Beaumont. So chic! And great food. We pushed together some of the tables to make epically long ones capable of fitting the whole wedding party plus some extras. It was also ideal for fork pyramid making, as Jeremy and Aiden (Erin’s 3 year old cousin) could attest.

 

ANKOLE CATTLE for all you Safari Drivers out there

The next day, all the bridesmaids gathered at the hotel to put on makeup and get dressed. I MAY have walked down the hall in my pjs, and continue to bum around in them until it was time to actually put on our super awesome bridesmaid dressed (with POCKETS!)

After we were dressed, we then hopped in the limo (!!) to go to the church so that Erin (the lovely bride) could dressed. There are a lot of photos of her getting into the dress and the shoes and all of that — just like Cinderella if she had her mom, aunts and bridesmaids to help her instead of little birds πŸ˜‰ But here is Erin and Mike in their gorgeous gown/dapper suit in the BEAUTIFUL church:

the wedding party

Then the crazy/possibly buzzed limo driver took the girls and the newlyweds Mr. and MRS Williamson (!) over to a pretty, old-fashioned feeling country club for the reception. It fit beautifully with the 50s/Frank Sinatra-esque theme of the wedding. I’d like to think this photo below where the flash messed up also fits the theme, because it looks really retro!

There was a big Texas A&M ice sculpture with the grooms’ cakes for Mike, and Erin had this great Cinderella’s carriage ice sculpture at the buffet as well. I loved the elegance mixed with the fact that we Disney kids will always find a way to fit in our Disney-ness (tastefully) at every occasion, dangit! πŸ˜‰

After a bit of mingling and the first dances it was time to cut the cake! The topper was a curlicue ‘W’ and the actual cake was strawberry, yum!

Aside from general wedding celebration merriment, there were also a few mini reunions of the aforementioned Disney kids, which was a welcome bonus to the day. My roommate from the program, Jenny, was there and it was great to catch up!

Me, with "Peaches and Cream" as they somehow came to be known for part of the CP πŸ™‚

After more munching, talking and dancing, it was time to see off the happy couple, as they travelled to Houston for the night and then onto HAWAII for the honeymoon.

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Williamson!!

They’ve since returned from the honeymoon, and I’m told that they had a SPLENDID time!

 

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