She was ready

Last night we celebrated.  Boy, did we celebrate. 

Dancing with grandma to “We are Family”
The littles getting down on the dance floor!
Partying like rock stars!  Shades compliments of the lovely couple.  Cool idea!

My little cousin got married.  She was a beautiful bride.  Her guy a handsome groom.  The wedding party was full of life and everyone there knew how to have a good time.

Mr. and Mrs. with Pretty Princess
Mr. and Mrs. on the dance floor so fast they were blurry!

One of the many reasons I love her. 

I always cry at weddings.  Just something about ’em which gets me all emotional.  It’s a beautiful thing to witness the beginning of two people’s lives together.  So, I cried last night of course because it wasn’t just a beautiful couple.  This time it was my sweet baby cousin.  One of the most kindhearted, loving, coolest chicks I know.  She’s all grown up and walking down the aisle with the biggest grin on her face.  Walking straight to the guy she’s going to be with forever.  You could just see it by the grins spread on their face that they love each other and can’t wait to get started.  I cried then as she walked down to see him and he stepped up to get her.  I cried when she hugged my uncle one last time before her let her go.  I cried when they shared their first kiss as husband and wife.

And then I cried again.  Big ole alligator tears.  When my uncle said a few words.  He’s typically a man of few words, but when he gives them you better listen.  It’s either going to be comical or meaningful.  I’ve learned this about both of my mom’s brothers in the last few years.  Wonderful men.  Wise advice.  Loving hearts. 

His words made everyone in the place cry.  He talked about her being ready, even when he wasn’t.  The day she was born.  The first day of school.  The day she got her driver’s license.  The day she went to college.  And the day she got married.  She was ready.  Ready to start her life with her husband.  Ready to begin their future together.  She was ready. 

First Dance.

I’m very thankful for the large, loving family that I am a part of.  I’m grateful that we had the chance to be a part of something so special. 

Love these girls.  My cousins.  My friends.

Tis the season for weddings!  We have two more to celebrate for wonderful friends of ours and I can’t wait to cry some more tears of joy for their new beginnings as well.

Cheers to weddings!

Blessed and Grateful,


One thought on “She was ready

  1. Ashley, thank you. You took the “feel of the evening” and put it into a beautifully written work of art…much love (and I cried again when I read your words!)Aunt Shelly


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