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On April 29th, my “littlest” sister Brandi married the love of her life, Aaron! I’ve been waiting to recap her wedding weekend once she had photos from her photographer. Now that they’ve finally arrived, the blogging begins! 😉 All photos were taken by Lindsay’s Keepsakes. I’ll try to keep this post short and sweet, because I don’t want to spam you with photos (even though her wedding was amazing and she was a gorgeous bride and I love her and my new brother Aaron so much and I’m a little jealous at how pretty her wedding was!)
The wedding rehearsal was held at the venue, followed by an intimate dinner for the families and bridal party at Colby’s in downtown Owensboro. Aaron’s Mommaw decorated the private dining room in the restaurant and it was absolutely adorable! Mommaw even had a cute little flower for me to wear as matron-of-honor (so you know the bride, mother of the bride, and mother of the groom had one as well!)
The ceremony was a beautiful ceremony held outdoors at Carie’s Creek (about 45 minutes outside of Owensboro.) The weather was expected to rain, but thanks to lots of prayers, it was an absolutely beautiful day!
On the morning of, Andy and I woke up early to grab donuts for all of the girls from Rolling Pin as a surprise. We all got ready in our cute monogrammed shirts that Brandi had made as our wedding gifts for being her attendants.
Since it took so long for us to get all dolled up, Andy and I snuck out to Chick-fil-A to pick up lunch for everyone. Despite getting meals for 10 people, it was super easy thanks to the Chick-fil-A app; everything was correct and ready to go when we arrived! (That is 100% not sponsored, I just wanted to let everyone know Chick-fil-A’s app is amazing.)
Since Andy and I had driven separately to Owensboro (he was at work during the rehearsal the day before), I drove all of the girls out to the venue in my car. It was such a fun ride! Then we finished getting photos before the ceremony began.
After we got all of our silly shots out of the way, it was time for the groom to see his bride! Just like in my and Andy’s wedding, we all gave them space to have their first look alone (with the photographer and videographer, of course!)
My sister is absolutely gorgeous!
One of the things I loved most about the wedding was how Brandi and Aaron wanted to incorporate all of their family into the wedding. Brandi asked my husband, Andy, and Brittany’s husband, Austin, to be the ushers and walk the grandparents (minus Mamaw) down the aisle to their seats. As matron of honor, I walked down the aisle with Aaron’s cousin and best man, Jeremiah.
Aaron’s parents are pastors, so they conducted the ceremony. It was so beautiful and personalized to the two lovebirds. Mamaw walked Brandi down the aisle and when Aaron’s dad asked Mamaw who gave Brandi away, she replied “Her Papaw and I do.” Cue the tears. I alternated between crying and smiling a big cheesy smile during the ceremony (which Brandi made into a meme, of course.)
My whole family <3
My best friends <3
As matron of honor, Brandi expected me to give a speech to her guests and to totally nail said speech. I will be totally honest, I procrastinated up until the very morning of her wedding because I couldn’t quite find the words to say. How do you summarize nearly 25 years of knowing someone in a 5 minute speech?! Out of nowhere, my speech came to me and I started typing it into my iPhone. I was so nervous to talk in front of everyone, but those worries went away as I was speaking and looked at the crowd. Everyone was wiping away tears, even the photographer! I included my speech below, in case anyone wanted to read it. (And yes, I definitely cried as I typed the speech to include in this post!)
Hi y’all. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Bailey, Brandi’s “oldest” sister by all of 1 minute and 30 seconds. Like you might expect from a set of triplets, my sisters and I have been very close our entire lives. We share a special bond that we jokingly call “triplet telepathy.” In high school, Brandi was my chauffeur around town until I finally got my driver’s license. What many would see as an inconvenience, Brandi saw as a great way to spend time with me. Our car rides to and from school were filled with laughter and lots of karaoke to classic country music. She was on the high school Devilettes dance team, and I remember going to every single one of her dance meets to cheer her on.
In our freshman year of college, when she was diagnosed with McArdle’s Disease, I was so scared for her. I wanted to protect her and take care of her, and I still do. I was worried that she may never get married because of her illness. A lifelong medical condition can be challenging on a relationship, and I hoped and prayed that someday she would meet the right guy would who accept her for all that she is.
My Mamaw prayed for years for Brandi to meet a good Christian man and marry him, and it’s finally come true. I can’t remember exactly the first time I met Aaron, but I just remember feeling like he was part of our family immediately. He spent so much time hanging out at my mom’s house that she put him to work doing chores! He was genuinely kind whenever he did those chores, and always asked my mom if there was anything else she needed help with. Whenever I was home alone on another Friday night, Brandi and Aaron would invite me out to eat with them. They both welcomed me and never made me feel like I was a “third wheel.” When my now-husband Andy moved to Kentucky, they frequently invited us to double-date with them. Our dinners together were filled with so much fun and laughter!
As they said their vows today, I couldn’t help but feel emotional. Brandi’s been through some challenging health issues since they met, yet Aaron has never left her side. He has already embodied the “in sickness and in health” part of their vows. Whatever life has in store for them, I know they can handle it with the Lord leading the way.
I’m not losing a sister today; I’m gaining another brother. Aaron, welcome to my crazy family. We all love you two so much. May God bless your marriage in the years to come.
One of the best parts about attending my sister’s wedding (besides watching her marry the love of her life) was being there with my own forever wedding date! We originally thought Andy wouldn’t be able to attend as he was supposed to be away for a 3 month training exercise, but he was pulled from the mission when he was selected for Recruiting duty. (Blessing in disguise!) We were all thankful to have him there! It was such a blast dancing the night away in his arms and catching up with family and longtime friends.
Brandi’s wedding was my favorite wedding… second to my own, of course 😉 It is so surreal that my sisters and I are all now Mrs. and no longer share the same last name!
I love you, Branny and Aaron!