Yesterday, Apes and I attended a Girls-Only bridal luncheon hosted by her best friend Gabby.
There was no slurping Cosmopolitans out of a penis straw at this event. No matter how many times the young pre-teens asked. Would not be appropriate.
I actually loved this idea on so many levels.
Gabby decided to forgo the more traditional bridal party luncheon and instead honored all of the girls and women who have impacted her life and who will undoubtedly leave a future mark after she and Alan tie the knot this afternoon.
Also honored, her beautiful mother who was there, but in spirit only.
And she was there, I believe it. So does Gabs. She was picking up flowers yesterday morning and needed a necklace to wear to the shower. She said aloud, "I wonder if there's a Kohl's anywhere around here?"
She pulled into the florist and right next store...yep, a Kohl's. Hey, when you're in heaven, you can make shit happen. I believe it.
The venue was perfect. Michelle's in Hanover, Virginia. Here's Gabs before all the madness:
Apes and I CAN clean up if we have to...
Here's Apes promising she wont fart like she did during the bachelorette party (and no, we did not know she and Gabby were going to be identical twins):
It's been fifteen years since this RUGBY crew from Mary Washington College has been together for a picture. These girls aren't playing. They'll break your arm. Still. Today.
After filling our bellies with yummy grub, Gabs got up to make her speech. I think I was in full tear mode before she stood up completely.
She thanked her aunts for honoring her mothers wish by taking care of the five children she left behind. Gabby expressed her heartfelt appreciation for the endless hugs, words of comfort and hours spent helping to mend her aching heart.
Next up, Gabby acknowledged the love and support she continues to receive from each of her three sisters and sister in law. Being the baby of the family meant each played a significant role in her life and Gabby made sure to tearfully thank them one at a time.
She acknowledged all her young nieces and said when asked originally if they should attend this luncheon, she didn't hesitate to say yes. She wanted them to see what strong, independent, amazing women have shaped the woman Gabby has become and who will play a role in guiding them as they journey toward womanhood.
She thanked Alan's mother (in pink) for accepting her, with open arms, into the family and for raising such an amazing son who will in turn make an amazing husband.
The moment she was done with her speech and gift giving, I tackled her. Had to. I love her and she deserved it too (for making me cry like a baby).
Apes had to sneak in for some love too. What are best friends for if not for giving big love...
It was an incredibly emotional couple of hours. Hours filled with love, humor and best of all, connections that run so deep they were evident, regardless of whether you were there physically or spiritually.
Gabby, we love you and can't wait to be part of this very special day.
HERE COMES THE BRIDE!