I love when my friends get Merton….I mean, MARRIED….
Kathleen’s wedding festivities were a little too fun and left me wishing I lived in a neighborhood with all my besties and we ate ChikFilA every morning and drank champagne every night.
We arrived in DC on a Wednesday…only appropriate when we will be busy with massages, manicures, pedicures, luncheons. Gotta start the weekend early!
We shared an Airbnb with some friends. Isn’t she super cute sitting on the stoop and getting bit by mosquitos?
Seton appropriately chose her Athens, GA shirt to see all her Georgia buddies.
“Mom, stop making me travel all the time.”
While the ladies prepped for wedding, Davey and Seton went on a LOT of walks…
Seton had her first McDonald’s double cheese burger (go ahead, mom judge me!! I’M PROUD!)
The weekend was a whirlwind in the best sense of the word, and there was the most fitting amount of humor, emotions, nostalgia, and excitement for the future.
On the night of the rehearsal, we had an open mic for the bride and groom per the tradition in our circle of friends. I always love an open mic at the rehearsal dinner because it gives us a chance to hear what the groom’s lifelong friends have to say about him. And they said such wonderful things that seemed to fit so well with Kathleen.
Of course, when it was my turn to talk I got emotional and had an immediate urge to abort mission and find my way back to my seat. What came out was just a quick, “I love you, Kathleen. Be good to her, AJ.”
What I would have said if my emotions and stage fright didn’t get the best of me was:
Kathleen– I know that God brought us together as friends because I prayed for you before I knew you. Before going to college, I begged God to send good friends my way in Georgia. I met you the first week of school, and you asked me to walk to church with you. It was like God was telling me, “Here she is. Here is the friend you prayed for.”
I connected with you over the service work you had done in the Bronx and recognized immediately that you were someone that had a firm foundation in your faith.
Eleven years have passed since we first met, and our connection is only stronger.
In knowing you, I have become a better person.
You have shown me what it is like to be generous, especially generous of time. You drove me back to Indiana for Christmas break that first Christmas I knew you. You helped me move into my apartment in St. Louis to start PT school. You visited me after Seton’s birth on a weekend Davey was gone so I wouldn’t be lonely. These are just a few examples. You have given me so much of your time.
You have taught me what compassion is. You love with your whole heart. You yearn to make people smile, and you can make ANYONE smile. We joke that you have a way with the elderly, but really you just have a way with everyone. Just being around you is to love life.
You have made life FUN. Parties didn’t start until you arrived. Every great memory of college includes you.
Marriage is such a gift. It teaches us to be selfless and leads us to sainthood. AJ, in marrying Kathleen you will find yourself becoming a better person each minute, hour, day, and year. Be as good to her as she will be to you–
Cheers to the Mertons!
Wedding day morning started off with a southern bride’s breakfast request…
The girls got ready in the bridal suite. Check out the view:
She is about to walk down the aisle!! I was a little emotional here. How many times did we wonder who you would marry? How will you meet him? What will he be like? I love you, Kathleen!
I met up with my hubby after the ceremony for a fun kidless night!
Dancing doesn’t stop for photos.
See the White House to the right of my head? Thanks, Obama!
We enjoyed breakfast the following morning with another great view of DC:
Kathleen and Alexander, I love you guys so much and am so excited to see you grow in marriage!