Posts tagged ‘Weddings’

May 2, 2011

To Be a Princess

I am not one to keep tabs on celebrities, whether in this country or any other.  But something has me really excited about the royal wedding last week.

While I recognize there were and are a number of troubling things going on in the world—tornadoes in the Midwest, and so on—there was this one consistently happy piece on the news each morning.  It felt like the whole world was united in anticipation of celebrating the precious love of a young couple.

Now, there probably was too much media coverage, too many details that the general public didn’t really need to know.  But on the other hand, all the time and energy that went into the reporting was nothing buy joyful.  Because at the root of it all there was simply a man and a woman in love, who felt called to make a lifelong commitment to one another in front of, quite literally, the entire world.

Last week I found myself wondering what it must be like to be Kate.  Imagine:  Kate Middleton one day, Princess Catherine the next!  I don’t claim to know anything about English wedding traditions, much less English royal traditions.  And I’m sure to Kate, Prince William is just William, or Will, maybe.  Or even Billy (doubtful).  But at some point, the royal thing had to become a factor in the relationship.  So I began to imagine—from an American perspective—what the journey from meeting Prince William to marrying him might have been like.

A call home while at school:  “Yes, mum, well, I’ve met someone and we’ve started to see each other. . . . Yes, he comes from a good family. . . . Oh, yes, he’s very attractive, very smart, and kind. . . . His name?  William.  Prince William.”  Did a shriek follow, I wonder?

I also wondered if Kate’s mom ever said things like, “Clean your room, Kate!  What if the Queen of England were to arrive on our doorstep right now?”  Who knew that would be a possibility one day!

And imagine being one of Kate’s friends growing up.  Now you’re invited to her bridal shower.  What in the world do you give her?  A vegetable peeler?  An apron that says “Princess”?

Humor aside, this wedding seemed to offer hope in a time when a lot of people really need it, whether because of the economy, job situations, or their own troubled relationships.  It’s encouraging to me, too, as a young married woman, to see people respond so enthusiastically to a new union, to be happy that William and Kate are happy.

At the end of the day, yes, Kate became a princess.  But shouldn’t we all feel like royalty on our wedding days?  I know I have found my prince, and there’s no need for a crown to prove it.  Whether there’s a coat of arms to go along with it or not, marriage is something worth celebrating.

April 11, 2011

A First

This weekend marked a major milestone for little Jacob.


On Sunday afternoon he spent time with some of John’s friends from school and learned what it’s like to have an afternoon on the basketball court with the boys (and his mom).   While he didn’t actually touch a ball, he did crawl around on the court a little.  And after his dad’s victory in a game of Twenty-One, he experienced what I’m certain will be one of the most profoundly life-altering moments of his existence.


Let me introduce you to David.



In addition to being one of the most articulate, intelligent, and genuine people I know (and I’m not just saying that because I know he’s reading this), David is a wonderful friend and an avid sports fan.  Thus his enthusiasm for life in general often manifests itself in the same way one might cheer at a sporting event.


Take, for example, our wedding:



It was inevitable, then, that David would express his love and affection for little Jacob in the same fashion.   And I think Jacob is more than happy with his initiation as one of the guys.



As a mom, I don’t think I could be prouder.


June 3, 2010

Take a Step Back to Take a Step Forward

Tonight, after having been married for an official eight months, I have finally done it.  I’ve chosen the photos for our wedding album.

As much as it’s been weighing down on me as something that needs to get done for, I’d say, the last seven months, I’m glad there was some distance between the event and my choosing the photos (I say “my” only because John has been super busy studying for a CFA exam on Saturday, so we agreed this sorting and choosing task would be mine).

With some time to let my memories settle in, it was nice to go back and see different angles of my favorite moments of that day.  I’ve ended up making two albums—one is from the professional photographer and the other, a combination of photos from friends and family.  As excited as I am for the professional album to be an important part of our family history, that collection doesn’t really capture our friends and all that they added to our wedding.  We needed a lot more room for that!

By setting up a Shutterfly account and inviting (nay, insisting!) anyone with a camera to upload their photos, I have an eyes-everywhere scrapbook of the days leading up to the wedding—cooking dinner at my parents’ house Thursday night, the girls getting our nails done on Friday, the rehearsal dinner and dancing at the bar afterward—as well as the moments the professional photographer couldn’t be there for on the big day.  Like when one of my bridesmaids’ shoes got too wet in the grass and started bleeding dark blue/black ink all over her foot.  A couple of the girls then cleaned it off in the little sink in the bridal suite, but those shoes will never be the same.  Or when one of my cousins told me she was terrified by the way one of my friends (who will remain unnamed) dances.  Both her look of shock and his antics are captured in the same frame, and while it’s not the classiest photo around, it’s certainly one of my favorites.

In going through both the professional and the not-so-professional photos, I found a bunch of shots that I don’t remember noticing the first time I saw them.  There’s one of my parents and brother chatting between being in the receiving line and going back into the church for pictures.  And another of one of my bridesmaids and me belting “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” at each other (a moment I’d been looking forward to for a long time!).

I am blessed to have many wonderful people in my life and to have these tangible reminders of how amazing that day was.  Filled with joy, filled with love, filled with promise!  And two-thirds of a year into my first year of marriage, I can feel confident saying that our relationship is still all of those things as well. In the midst of a busy couple of weeks at work, the beginnings of back discomfort due to the Peanut, and a ton of decisions left to make in the next few months, I am grateful for a happy reminder of what it’s all about.

I leave you with my favorite wedding picture, one John’s cousin took as we offered flowers to the Blessed Virgin Mary as we asked her to bless our marriage and our family.  (Prayer answered!) Amen!

October 3, 2009

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