This weekend Dan and Eli got married. I was a bridesmaid in their wedding and that would be 100% of the reason why I was essentially off the grid from 3:00 PM on Friday until 12:00 PM on Sunday.
Eli and I met sophomore year of college in our sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. Between living together (sometimes as roommates, sometimes as not), going to class together (we were in the same degree program) going to work together (we both worked in HR at The Minnesota Daily) and going out together to the fraternities we were sweethearts for, there was not a lot time in my week that Eli was not a part of. I was honored that I got to share in their celebration.
I know that at some point, there will be proper wedding photos for admiring. Where you can see how beautiful Eli looked as she walked down the aisle on her father’s arm or how perfectly our coral bouquets contrasted with our jade dresses.
For now, I thought this one would be good to share.
20 years from now, this tiny strip of film likely will not be lovingly tucked away in the same way that the formal portraits are. But 20 years from now, we also won’t look back and remember that a night full of dancing left us feeling physically paralyzed the next morning, that I ate two pieces of wedding cake because it is always just The Best or that we had to hike down a 100 foot tall hill in our heels because we got stranded at the top without a ride down.
In 20 years those little, hilarious, unposed moments will fade into the edges of the one big moment that mattered, where Dan and Eli said I Will Cherish You surrounded by everyone important to them.