Category — Wedding Party

My Best Friend’s Wedding

Posted by Courtney S.

melanieMe and my best friend Melanie on the day of her wedding

This past Sunday we celebrated the marriage of my best friend Melanie to her besheret Eric. It was a day that was filled with so much love and happiness.  Melanie and Eric decided to hold their wedding at Melanie’s synagogue–a beautiful temple with special meaning to Melanie’s family. Melanie, as well as her two brothers, celebrated their bar and bat mitzvah there and her family is still very involved with the temple.

The ceremony was a gorgeous representation of the Jewish faith and the love of the new couple. Melanie’s brother Derek is in rabbinical school and co-officiated the ceremony. It was so touching to see him marry his sister. It really was a lovely ceremony.

melanie1 Me and Melanie, with her new husband Eric

After the cocktail hour, it was party time! I had the honor of being Melanie’s Maid of Honor, and  I  was a bit on edge and nervous about my speech. After a beautiful first dance to Frank Sinatra (I cried thinking about our upcoming first dance to Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”) and a huge horah, we sat down for the blessings and toasts.  My speech was first–it was a success! I decided on a two and a half minute dedication to my best friend, her new husband, and the life they will share.  I was proud with what I wrote and I’m confident that it showed Melanie and Eric how much I adore them as a couple. After the speech, I breathed a sigh of relief and kicked off my shoes.

melanie2Me and my fiancé

The night continued with plenty of dancing and delicious food. I looked around the room several times in anticipation of my own wedding. I can’t wait to see everyone I love in one space, moving and swaying to the same music, knowing they are there to celebrate our love.

August 13, 2009   4 Comments

Will you be my bridesmaid?

Posted by DJ

Although I could think of at least four friends that I would love to have as bridesmaids, my fiancé made it loud and clear that there were only two people worthy of being his groomsmen: his 19 year-old brother, and his best friend since high school. I knew this would be one of the few requests my fiancé would have about the wedding, so I decided to oblige him, and for the sake of simplicity choose just two bridesmaids for myself. It was a no brainer; I knew I couldn’t get married without my two oldest friends beside me.

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Me, R, and K

My friend K and I were in the same Girl Scout troop in 5th grade, but we didn’t truly bond until she arrived early to my Bat Mitzvah two years later. Among the highlights of our ten year plus relationship include perfecting N Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye” dance, competing as the worst doubles team ever in high school tennis, and successfully navigating ourselves through Amsterdam after studying abroad in London.

My friend R and I met when were put in the same group at our first ever NFTY event one 8th grade weekend. Our first memory together involves an oh-so-luxurious “spa night”, where we soaked our feet in warm milk. Luckily that “spa” memory was replaced with a slightly more sophisticated one when we traveled to Vegas for our 21st birthdays. Our friendship has stuck even through an “Odd Couple” style tenure as roommates in college… which says a lot, because I know I can be an annoying slob!

Because I love ANY excuse for a project, and I LOVE procrastinating, I decided it was necessary to send K & R a package. I’ve seen many generic “Top 10 Reasons You Should Be My Bridesmaid” lists floating around the internet, but being that I am anti pre-packaged poems of any kind I was determined to come up with something unique. Here’s what I came up with:


I bought a feather duster and yellow rubber gloves which I attached to this booklet. The cover says “Top Five Reasons You Should be a Maid Now That You Have the Supplies.”


Numbers 5-3 were an inside joke with a picture (different for each girl).


Number 2 was their head on an ugly bridesmaid dress.


And number 1 was a personal note.

I’m happy to report that these booklets/cleaning supply bouquets were a huge hit and are currently on display at both of my bridesmaids’ houses!

April 29, 2009   3 Comments