Before I start this blog post, I need to apologize. I’m apologizing for the length of this blog. There are so many facets to this wedding, that I don’t want to leave any out and due to that, this just may be a novel. I would have said most of this at the wedding, but due to the emotions of the day and being 35 weeks pregnant, I just couldn’t get anything out without blubbering. So, I’m sorry, but please enjoy!
I will start with the bride and about 19 years ago. It was the summer before Fourth grade and I was at one of my brother’s baseball games. There was another little girl at the game, but I really don’t remember there being too much conversation. What I do remember is a foul ball flying over the fence and this girl and I both going after it. We didn’t just run after it, we tackled one another, rolled around on the ground and fought for this ball. In the end, I came out with the ball and the best friend anyone could ask for. Her name is Annie.
Annie and I completed school together, all the way through college. While in college, she joined the Air Force ROTC. Once graduation came upon us, Annie left town to start with all of her training. (She flies helicopters.) Even with much distance between us, we always stayed in touch. We have one of those friendships that no matter how much time goes by, we can just pick up where we left off and it is as if no time has passed at all.
Flash forward to December 2008. Annie came home for Christmas and with her came a young man named Max. We had planned to meet up downtown and just in case I couldn’t get in touch with her, I was given Max’s number. Well, it turns out, I needed it. After trying Annie about 6 times, I called Max. I asked where they were and he told me the Zebra. I said “there is no way you are at the Zebra because that is where I’m at.” He was sure that was where they were, but I was still doubting this. I stepped out to look around and I saw this guy on the phone, looking at me, as I looked him. It was Max, I just knew it. He walked up to me, gives me this huge hug and says “I don’t even know you and I already love you!” Its no rolling on the ground for a baseball type meeting, but still very memorable!
This was my first destination wedding. The destination was Lake Lure, North Carolina. There was talk about getting married on Chimney Rock, but changed the location to this cute little place called Geneva. For those of you out there that know about a little movie called Dirty Dancing, well, Lake Lure is where the infamous lift in the water took place. This just happens to be my all time favorite movie, so for my first destination wedding, this was the best place! My mini-Graceland! Also, North Carolina is gorgeous! It is so lush and green. I couldn’t have picked a better location myself.
Both Annie and Max are in the Air Force, so that meant that there were quite a few Air Force and other military officers at the wedding. It makes you feel very proud to be amongst these individuals who are helping keep us safe. Even though they are representing different branches of military, there is an amazing bond that they share. It is infectious! And you can’t have an Air Force wedding without a little sing-song from Top Gun. Yes, they sang You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling to the bride!
Now, I think it is time to end my little story and allow you to see this amazing couple. Annie and Max, I love you both more than I can say! I wish you nothing but happiness and safety in your journey together. Thank you for sharing your day with me and I look forward to the rest of our lives! xoxo
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