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 😉 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! 😉
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 🙂
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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