Get Me To The Church On Time


One of my sisters is officially a married lady! The special event that brought family members and me to Indiana was her wedding. It was a beautiful day, but it is all very surreal to me. At one point during the ceremony one of the other bridesmaids whispered to me, "this is really happening" and I still have a hard time comprehending that. I will now be addressing my letters, e-mails, and packages to my sister with a different last name than the one we grew up sharing! It was also the first wedding I've ever attended (everyone finds this hard to believe) and (obviously) my first time as a bridesmaid in green with big, curly hair. My mother and other sister kept calling me a "leprechaun." Comment or compliment?

The ceremony flew by, just as the pastor had warned it would at the rehearsal. That made me appreciate the time we had spent together making the bouquets and boutonnieres, and decorating the church and reception hall. The reception was incredibly fun and as typical with family get-togethers: full of characters. My French septuagenarian great-aunt got wild on the dance floor and declared, "I'm a spring chicken!" That was only one of only many entertaining one-liners I heard over the course of the evening. One oft-repeated line was from my sister's friend was, "Modest is hottest." A new slogan for the old blog (I think not)? Although it was my first wedding reception, I think it is safe to say it was an exceptional one.












*pictures by my cousin Gary, my sister, my father, and myself (we passed my camera around quite a bit!)

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75 comments:

  1. my auntie, who is only 14 years older than me and therefore more like an older sister than an aunt, got married a week or so ago, and I agree, it IS very surreal (it was my first wedding too). When you think about it, a marriage is just signing a piece of paper, and it just all felt so unreal and strange - lovely too of course :) and you in your bridesmaid dress look absolutely gorgeous x

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  2. these are all so gorgeous! many blessings on your sister and her husband as they embark on this new stage of life~
    and you looked stunning! and the pictures are beautiful! ah~ i love weddings. :)

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  3. It looks like such a perfect day! Your sister looks beautiful, and you make such a lovely bridesmaid too!

    I can't believe this was your first wedding! Wow. I've been to so many I've lost count.

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  4. aww first wedding to attend? that's cute. you look gorgeous with wavey hair you know? and congrats to your sister.

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  5. Congratulations to your sister and her new husband!
    She looks beautiful - and so do you! The green of the bridesmaid's dresses is so pretty.
    Wonderful photos - well done to all the photographers ;D
    x

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  6. Aww. You look like a flower fairy, not a leprechaun! That looks like a beautiful wedding. Your family must be so happy. Congrats to the newlyweds!

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  7. What a beautiful wedding, these photos are so lovely!!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  8. Gorgeous photos! Congratulations to your sister and her new husband! Have you ever read The Belgariad? You look exactly like I imagine Ce'Nedra hahah I suppose I'm showing my inner geek but it's a compliment, promise :D ♥

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  9. congrats to your sister! I've only ever attended one wedding, for my former nanny, and that was 10 years ago, so I don't find it that surprising you haven't been to many weddings. I don't people get married so young these days anymore, so its unlikely we'd be attending tons of weddings of our college peers! You look great in that bridesmaid dress, you look stunning in the olive color!

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  10. Weddings make me so sentimental, remember when my sister got married I almost cry just thinking about it.
    Looks like you had a lovely time, and you look so pretty! I really like your green dresses, it's a bit different, but beautiful. And the bride off course!

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  11. Love the pictures. And you look stunning! The cake looks so yummy :P

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  12. Awwww, I love weddings. Everyone looks great. Best wishes to your sister and her new husband :)

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  13. you make a stunning bridesmaid! that is the perfect hue of green against your pale skin and red hair. oh i envy!

    your sister looks gorgeous too. i hope she has a marriage full of joy :)

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  14. aweeeeeee!!!! CONGRATSS TOOO HER!!!!

    xo, Kim www.eatsleepwear.com

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  15. I haven't been to a wedding either. Well, one when I was little but I don't count it because I don't really remember.
    And I think your look beautiful. The hair reminds me of Hannah from Hannah&Landon.

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  16. u look so prettu rebecca..
    ur sister too ^^

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  17. My goodness your hair is amazing! What beautiful photos!!

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  18. I've been to a few weddings but none that hit as close to home as this one. If one of my siblings or close friends got married it would definitely feel surreal. But really great too!

    You look extra beautiful. Your hair is so dramatic and the dress really brings out your eyes.

    B from A plus B

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  19. You look lovely! I think it's less of a leprechaun and more of a woods fairy. A mature Tinkerbell?

    Sarah Yvonne

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  20. aaww congrats to your sister!! :D everyone looks stunning!! :D

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  21. oh my rebecca! first, it looks like it was such a beautiful ceremony! and you look really really gorgeous! (not at all like a leprechaun!).
    the best wishes for your sister, she looked beautiful as a bride!
    I know it would be surreal to see a sister get married (especially mine that is younger than me!)

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  22. Gosh she looks beautiful! What a wonderful day! You look lovely!

    xxx

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  23. you looked beautiful! i love your hair! your sister also looked lovely. what a pretty wedding :)

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  24. You make a very pretty bridesmaid and your sister is a beautiful bride! Looks like a lovely day :)

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    x

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  25. you look gorgeous in this, and the pictures are beautiful!
    it must have been sweltering (i'm in illinois and it's been toasty here).
    congrats to your sister!

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  26. oh congrats to your sister! it looks like she had a lovely wedding. and you look so pretty in the green dress with the big curly hair. leprechaun must have been meant in a good way for sure :) ~joelle

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  27. What a beautiful wedding! I'm having hair envy, it's really pretty.

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  28. Congratulations to your sister! Everything looks so beautiful. I especially love the bouquets. They're so summery.

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  29. Looks like a lovely time, and I love the bouquet! You DO look very beautiful with your red hair in the green dress :)

    xo

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  30. Amazing, congratulations to your sister, she looked beautiful!

    You looked stunning too with your red hair and the green dress! Looks like it was a wonderful day, definitely one to remember.

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  31. Gorgeous photos! You guys looked amazing, and I can tell that it was a fun time. Hard to believe she's married, though...(even for me!)

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  32. She looks so beautiful (:
    And green really suits you!

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  33. Wow, what a special day! your sister looked beautiful. That colour green is gorgeous with your hair!

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  34. so pretty! weddings are a trip...I went to a friends one last month and it was way too emotional..I think it's like that when you can appreciate it like an adult instead of as a child

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  35. congratulations to your sister! these photos are stunning. and you look beautiful :)

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  36. Your hair looks STUNNING.
    The dress color also looks great on you!
    Congratulations to your whole family!

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  37. The photo of you in the mirror is just perfick :)

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  38. Congrats to your sister! I see good looks run in the family. :) Love your hair!

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  39. So sweet, congrats to you all! And WOW you can see the family resemblance!

    xoxo Maria

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  40. You look gorgeous in your green dress with your hair curled! The first wedding that I ever attended was my own (1.5 years ago).

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  41. Family get togethers are always fun. I wish my family had more, my cousins are adorable. Your sister's wedding (and dress) looked beautiful and I'm glad you had a great time.

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  42. Congratulations to your sister! She looks beautiful, and I am totally jealous of your curly red hair. You don't look like a leprechaun, you look awesome!

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  43. Ive been to many weddings, but this was one of the prettiest I've seen. Lovely bride and lovely sisters. Music was great---different. I especially liked the pro and re cessionals. Enjoyed seeing you as a grown woman---last time I think you were a pre-teen. The green of your brides maid dress suited you perfectly. Best to you and to the new couple. Cousin Pat and Dan

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  44. Wow, gorgeous! It looks like it was lots of fun~
    I've never been to a wedding, yet.
    Also, your hair looks amazing! I absolutely loove the curls.

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  45. aww..looks like you had a blast! I can relate, I just finally went to my first wedding! It was weird! LOL
    xoxo

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  46. The photo of you in the mirror is beautiful. You look stunning in that green dress. Congrats to your sis :)

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  47. Both you and your sister look gorgeous, congrats to her! Your dress definetly does not fit the steryotype of ugly bridesmaid dresses, and you hair looks amazing all curled like that, you should do it more often!
    -indigo

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  48. your hair color looks so pretty against that green dress! so pretty!

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  49. Love the cake! It looks like it was a wonderful time! Congrats to your sister!

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  50. your hair looks amazing with that dress! i've never been to a wedding either so no worries. I'm not sure If my family just have no friends or are too lazy to buy people presents... oh dear.

    xx

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  51. I guessed it was a wedding when I saw the flowers post! It reminded me of weddings in my family because more often than not when one of my family members has a wedding they go to the big discount flower place, buy up a whole bunch of flowers and then my dad does the bouquets (he worked in a florist shop way back when!). I love weddings and it looks like your sister's was a lot of fun :)

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  52. How cute you look! Pretty stylin' leprechaun. Congrats to your Sis!

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  53. aw, congratulations to your sister! and it's fun to see you in that green dress with such big hair! hope you're enjoying your trip!

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  54. How beautiful! Congradulations to your sister and I'm glad it was an 'exceptional' ceremony.

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  55. your sister picked out really nice bride's maid dresses! they go with your hair so well. is it naturally red?

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  56. You look absolutely ravishing Rebecca. :)

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  57. You have such pretty hair!!! The color of that dress matches so perfectly, too. I like how the last photo was framed with the vines around the mirror! Clever :)

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  58. Congrats to your lovely sister. The olive dress is perfect against your hair. :)

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  59. I was in a wedding on Saturday too! You look beautiful and it was kind and benevolent of your sister to choose bridesmaid dresses that are pretty. I am sure you'll find a way to wear it again.

    I took your advice and I am picking things back up, I think.

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  60. You looked so beautiful. I love the curly hair! and the bride looked lovely as well = )

    It would be great to see you remix the dress!

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  61. Congrats to both of them, they look lovely together. It must be great fun dressing up to be a bridesmaid, it's a pity we don't have that tradition here in Greece...

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  62. Congrats to them, they look so cute together :)
    And you look cute too in the green green and with cury hair!

    Diana
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  63. awww!! i hope they live a great life together. oh and my favorite photo is of them feeding each other cake, thats so cute! :)

    ~tati~

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  64. Your hair looks AMAZING with that green dress. You and your sister (and the other bridesmaids too) look beautiful. Congratulations to your sister and her husband. It looks like it was a beautiful day.

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  65. Compliment I say, you look gorgeous as does the bride!

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  66. Aw, I knew it was a wedding! ^_^ Your sister certainly made a beautiful, bridal magazine-worthy bride! And you were a lovely bridesmaid (which is not an easy thing to attain!). I just attended a wedding in IL myself and was also a maiden-in-waiting... and it was sweltering! Lovely. My fifth and final time as a maid (I hope). These pictures are gorgeous and I love your red hair with the green dress! You look like a wedding woodland fairy. ^.^

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  67. I don't understand why modern brides still universally adopt their husband's name. As long as we're no longer exchanging property between men, I'd rather honor my own heritage. But in a pleasant twist on wedding traditions, she chose such lovely dresses. What an unusual color! The last wedding I went to had the bridesmaids in off the shoulder orange ruffled dresses which were just as comical as you'd imagine. That eye for style must run in the family.

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  68. my sisters wedding was equally surreal! but it's fun being a bridesmaid.
    don't you look stunning!

    X

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  69. congratulations to your sister! thank you for sharing this -- i know you are a little more private than most bloggers, so i appreciate getting to see this glimpse into your family's life!

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  70. omg! in the other post yours sister really looks like you, theres soo much resemblance in your family.. you definitely have to post more pictures, your dress looks just lovely!! <3

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  71. You change so much with that hair Rebecca!
    It's really lovely and it goes so well with the colour of the dress.

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  72. It looks like such an amazing day! You looked gorgeous!

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  73. Oh my goodness you look absolutely stunning in the photos! You should curl your hair more often, methinks. (:

    Oh, and weddings are a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I pretend not to like them but, really, how can anyone resist such cheesy things?:p

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  74. you look beautiful in your bridesmaid's dress and your curls are fabulous. thanks for sharing photos of your family.

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