My plan was to write these posts each night while we were on our mini-vacation to Louisiana, but when you’re going to sleep late and waking up early, things never seem to go as planned.
We headed to Baton Rouge for my friend Becca’s wedding on Wednesday. After spending the night with friends in Mississippi, we picked up some coffee and made our way to Baton Rouge on Thursday morning. I’d like to send out a little word of warning for those of you driving through southern Mississippi. The roads you drive on will be perfectly smooth until you get a cup of coffee, when you will suddenly hit a bump every time you bring the cup to your lips. It’s dangerous.
We arrived in Baton Rouge (with no coffee spills) in time for me to meet up with my fellow bridesmaids to get my nails done. I’ve never gotten my nails done before, and let me tell you, it’s fun. We got to sit in fancy chairs that massaged us as our feet soaked in their own personal hot tubs. Exciting stuff.
I spent the afternoon sharing some glorious time with Becca on her last full day as a single woman as we finished up some crafts and DIY stuff for the wedding. Now, there’s something that you should know about Becca (and all of her friends). They are SO crafty. They are almost intimidatingly crafty. I kept oohing and ahhing over all of these wonderful projects, and Becca just casually says, “Oh, yeah. Meredith made that. Meagan made this. We just kind of threw some things together, etc. etc.” Seriously? Impressive. Incredible. You girls are a talented bunch.
Thursday evening was the wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, where Eric and I got to spend a lot of quality time with Nathan and Natalie, two of my friends from SAMBICA who got married back in March (and were the purpose of our last trip to Baton Rouge). They are absolutely hilarious and kept us laughing through dinner.
The wedding day came quickly, beginning with a bridal brunch that quickly transformed into a dance party. Meanwhile, Eric and Nathan had to find something to do for the day without their wives. I was surprised to get a text message with this photo during brunch:
They spent the afternoon canoeing on the bayou near Natalie’s parent’s house while we got our hair done.
I’ve never gotten my hair done before, but after learning that I was from Kentucky, the stylist was determined to turn me into a southern belle. I think the “southern” touch to my hair was the little poof at the crown. One thing I will say about Louisiana is that it brings out the accent in me. I would generally say that I don’t have much of a “southern twang”, but put me in the South for a day and it all goes downhill.
Anywho, soon it was wedding time. I talked about how Becca is super crafty, and that really showed in her wedding. It was seriously the most precious DIY thing I’ve ever seen. I wish I had photos of all of the awesome things she made, but you’ll just have to trust me. The tables had banners, each one labeled with a fruit of the Spirit, with little notes for guests to fill out with wisdom about the fruits of the Spirit in marriage. It was absolutely precious. And let’s just talk about her wedding dress. Wow. Stunning.
The wedding reception involved some wonderful dancing with some of my all-time favorite dance partners: Eric, Liz, Nathan, Natalie, and Becca. I’m sure we look like idiots on the dance floor, but there are few things I enjoy more than dancing with friends.
So congratulations to Chad and Becca Campbell! I wish you so much happiness!