So, this weekend was Labor Day, one of my favorite holidays growing up. It continues to be a favorite, part of the reason we chose to be married on Labor Day weekend two years ago.
This year, though, in addition to celebrating our anniversary, I got to celebrate the wedding of a dear friend from high school.
Here's the kicker though: it was a DOUBLE WEDDING!
|The two brides, Katie and Christine, awaiting their grooms. Photo via @instatiffanywong|
That's right; it was sister wedding day! Katie was marrying her groom Ernie, and her sister Christine was marrying her groom Ryan. Both brides had a ceremony of their own (with lots of overlapping bridesmaids and guests in attendance), and they had a shared reception. I only attended the one ceremony (which was so emotional!!!). I helped deliver lunch to the wedding parties before the ceremonies so I got an opportunity to spend some time with Katie and her girls before things got too crazy.
|Some of Katie's bridesmaids bustling her gown for pre-ceremony pictures|
|Bride #1 Christine reading her groom's letter to her // Bride #2 preparing to see her groom for the first time|
|Katie's bridal party. Christine had three overlapping bridesmaids, and bride sister Katie was also her MOH. |
Lots of costume changes that day!
The reception was insane, as you may imagine. I had a hard enough time getting two people to agree on wedding details; I couldn't imagine what it would be like trying to deal with four!!! An added insanity was the number of people participating in this thing: more than 400!!!!!!! The mother of the brides is a caterer so she handled all.of.the.food (for both rehearsal dinner AND reception!!!). An army of volunteers
|If you can see the teeeeeeeny father of the brides at the sweethearts' table, he's giving a dual toast to his daughters.|
|The brides and grooms. Each bride was the other's matron of honor too, so they each gave a speech for her sister.|
|Father/Daughter dance. Katie danced with her father first, then Christine cut in for her turn.|
|The first Dances. The Father of the Brides sang while each couple danced. #sobfest|
|Double bouquet toss|
|Leah and I // Sheri and I|
So much laughter!
|Leah, bride #1 Christine, Sheri, and bride #2 Katie|
|brother Devon and Adri and Dilip and Stephanie, the next two couples to get married from back home.|
|Brides bidding their parents goodbye|
|my silly parents preparing for the grand exit.|
Both couples left for Hawaii on their honeymoon! Don't worry, they're on totally different islands; that would be weird!
Katie and Christine (and Ernie and Ryan): Thank you for letting me be a part of your big day! You clearly put a LOT of work into it and it was so fun to witness. May the Lord bless both of your marriages abundantly!