"My best friends are the ones who bring out the best in me."
Dresses for my maids. I was back and forth between having the girls wear different styles same color, same style different shades of colors, short, long, etc. I even wrote in a previous blog that I have changed my colors from the "sea glass" to purples with green accents. I really did want to try to pull off the different colors different styles dresses that have seemed to be very popular lately, but really wasn't sure how to get that look in purples. I think I would have tried and it would have looked like a color panel at a paint store rather than a smooth, effortless look.
I decided to let my girls have a say in the dress that they will be purchasing and wearing, and am letting them pick the style that they want. I picked the designer, color, and material. It gave them an option of about 30 different dresses to choose from and some at different prices. All the girls will be wearing a plum purple color that really just made me happy, feel like 'me', and went with a vineyard wedding. I think the color was finalized for me when Amy tried on a dress next to me in my wedding dress. The purple next to my dress just popped and gave it a personal touch. (Purple has always been my favorite color.) Here are some examples of the dresses- they are all going to look amazing!!
Oldest friend of mine :) (In terms of how long we have been friends, not age) Lora and I have been best friends since Cedar Grove days and The Cosmos. We went through all the firsts in life together and have some ridiculous childhood stories. We probably consider each others family, family. She still is always someone I can count on through thick and thin. She is now an amazing wife and mother to her baby girl! Love you Lora!!
Mary Kate "Katie" Gallagher
Katie is my steadfast friend through the past 10+ years. We met in high school during school lunch, and have gone through everything from proms, jobs, summer days, loved ones passing, excitements and celebrations together. We share a love for the beach, ice cream, wine and singing/dancing (even though she is actually really good and I'm terrible). She is one of the most generous and warm-loving people I know. Katie always makes you feel welcomed and comfortable, no matter who you are! (it doesn't help that she could talk to anyone about anything for hours). We have grown even closer the past few years and I know she will be in my life forever. Andd she is marrying Kenny, one of Kyle's groomsmen so soon!
Kerry is one of the most loyal friend I've ever met. She has always been there for me through thick and thin (even sleeping on my floor the night before college). "Shanno" and "Kerra" met during freshman year indoor track (high school) and quickly bonded for life. If I need to do something ridiculous and have fun, and I know I can always call up Kerry. We have a lot of traditions including our annual Christmas tree cake making in ugly sweaters, dancing with life vests on the water taxi, backyard dance parties and going to summer concerts. Kerry is almost always in a good mood and is one of the people who makes me laugh the most. Sometimes I feel like we talk in code to each other! I am so happy to have Kerra with me on my wedding day!
So these are the closest women in my life. Am I a lucky gal or what?? Cannot wait to see how pretty all of you girls are going to look!! 3 months <3