The Princess has officially married her Prince Charming. The Princess, formerly known as Kristin Young, is now Mrs. Kristin Comyns. Congratulations to Kristin and Jim Comyns! What an A.MAY.ZING. wedding! Now Kristin is one of my best friends and I have known Jim for 3 years now, so of course it meant a lot to me to be celebrating their wedding day, but I was also fortunate to be surrounded by several friends that made their wedding extra special for us all.
Let’s start at the beginning since I wasn’t able to write much during my weekend trip to my beloved Columbus, Ohio. I landed in Columbus around 7 am on Friday morning and headed to my landing post (Starbucks) for the day. As planned I had lunch with Jen (Morel) at Tip Top in downtown Columbus. Perfect lunch of Spicy Corn Chowder, House Salad, and Sweet Potato Fries…not to mention wonderful company. I love spending time with Jen so much! Oh and she gave me this little surprise gift. How perfect is this!! She found it at TJ Maxx in Columbus, but it’s a Chicago Starbucks bear. I’m going to name him Oscar because of (Oscar) Wilde’s- the first bar we went to when then Morels were in town last week.
Jen dropped me back off at Starbucks to work the rest of the afternoon; however, shortly after the infamous Sleepy Sean (Sean O’Neill) stopped by for a visit. So, yeah. Sleepy Sean. Where do I even begin? I’ve always said that he just reminds me of (his own) cartoon character. Doesn’t The Nonsensical Adventures of Sleepy Sean sounds like a show that captivates your attention? (My creative juices aren’t flowing right now due to lack of sleep last night so this will have to do.) On that note, he’s a story for another time…but a great guy nonetheless.
After Sleepy’s always attention-grabbing exit, (which was more low-key than those in his younger days at OU), I got a few hours of work in with some Columbus/Ohio friends calling in between. Eventually Jen (MacPherson) swung by to pick me up, and off to Easton we went. Oh Easton, how I miss thee. After taking advantage of Starbuck’s half-price Happy Hour and loading up on some much-needed caffeinated happiness, we ran around to a few stores. It was at Macy’s where I spotted ‘the dress’. Now I brought a total of four dresses with me on Megabus, pretty certain that the strapless pink one was ago- especially after getting approval from Alisha and Darlene. However, when I spotted this one, I just knew. And when I tried it on, no other dress existed. It was cute and, more importantly, comfortable. Perfect for a wedding and all-night reception. Not only that but it went perfect with the silver shoes that I needed to break in for Julie’s wedding next weekend. AND, it has pockets! Love love love it. I included this photo of me with the lovely bride so you could see the back. And for more support and comfort, I opted for the straps on my bra. So yeah, I figured if Carrie Bradshaw can pull it off, then why can’t I? No honestly, I just didn’t want to figit with it all day so if the bra straps bother you then so be it.
Shortly after purchasing the dress, my friend, Jacquie, made her way up to the renowned outdoor shopping center. The other Jackie was there with her boyfriend, Dan, so we planned to have dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. Jackie and Dan ended up eating so us three girls were on our own. It worked out well because I haven’t see Jacquie since moving and I adore her. She’s an OU alum too, but I didn’t meet her until we were both living in Columbus (through my former roommate, Tony). Jacquie is also a Child Life Specialist, and the one responsible for introducing m to that wonderful career.
We had a great dinner just catching up and I hope that if I move back to Columbus, that she’s still there.
After dinner Jen and I headed back to her parents’ house, which was my home for the weekend…and actually my second home when I was living in C-bus two years ago. Her parents are A.MAY.ZING. and I miss them so much! Somehow I hadn’t seen Mrs. MacPherson since I moved to Chicago, and I only saw Mr. MacPherson a few weeks ago by chance. I had a great time chatting with them and drinking Mr. Mac’s infamous homemade red wine. (Delicioso.) After a glass of wine with the Macs, Jen and I poured ourselves another and headed to the hot tub which proved to be the perfect ending to a perfect day. Good friend, glasses of wine, and a hot tub! I am a lucky girl.
And yes, with one of my best friend’s wedding the next day, the inevitable question, “If you were to marry someone tomorrow, who would it be?” did get asked and answered. Blame it on the alcohol. I believe we also put in 27 Dresses before bed, but I believe I only lasted ten minutes. (Don’t worry, we watched it on Sunday night.)
We woke up to the wonderful aroma of Mrs. Mac’s homemade breakfast. She is so A.MAY.ZING. We watched last week’s Grey’s and ate our omelets. (PS. Grey’s was fantastic and I will be watching it again soon…and either quoting and/or writing about it on this blog.) After having a little lazy time, we ran out to (I heart) Meijer for little shopping, stopping at Smoothie King before heading back. Before I knew it, I was rushing to get ready…and a little stressed. Fortunately everything worked out and once Jen’s date, Neil, we had a quick photo shoot (I told you Mrs. Mac is fantastic and multi-talented.) before heading out to Worthington.
The wedding was beautiful. The bride was beautiful. It was just such a wonderful ceremony. Jim and Kristin seemed so happy. And yes, being brainwashed by 27 Dresses, I found myself looking to see Jim’s expression when Kristin entered into view. She was so stunning!
I’m only admitting this because I don’t see the shame in it. Yes, I got a little teary-eyed at times. It was just really special for me to see them both so happy. And additionally, during the ceremony I did find myself imagining what it would be like to get married…maybe/possibly even imagining a certain groom. Maybe…
After the ceremony we headed down the road for the reception. It was there that I met up with my faux-date for the evening, Charlie, who is a good friend of Jim’s. I hadn’t seen Charlie nor his friend, Sean since I moved to Chicago and it was good to catch up with them. Jackie and Dan, Jen and Neil, and Sean’s girlfriend were also at the table. Here are photos of the others in case you are interested. That’s Jen and Neill in the first photo, and Jackie and her beau in the second.
We chatted and had our first drink (drinks for Jackie and Dan) before the bridal party made their way into the reception. It was so adorable. They came into the theme from the Price is Right, with Mr. and Mrs. Young beginning the mayhem. Mrs. Young was so happy and just kept jumping. I love her so much! (That’s them in the photo on the right, by the way.)
After the others made their entrance, including my beautiful bridesmaids, Sarah and Ruth, the bride and groom made their way in the reception hall. I love that I was able to capture their happiness in this photo because they were both radiating the entire day. Just writing that gives me the chills. (Not kidding.)
After thanking everyone for coming, Jim’s best man, Jimmy took over the mic and gave a little speech for the couple. And then it was the A.MAY.ZING. Maid of Honor’s turn. Now I could say so much about Ruth but in essence she is like a Big Sister/ Inspiration to me. She has that strong personality, but a huge, caring heart. And this was evident in her speech. It was wonderful. What started off as good old-fashioned fun and slight humor, with Ruth putting on this fireman’s cap and having the bridal party chant, “The Ruth, the Ruth, the Ruth is on fire,” soon turned into a tear-jerker as she expressed her love and happiness for her best friend and Princess, Kristin, and her Prince.
Seriously, I love my friends! In Pink’s song Glitter in the Air, there’s this one part that goes- Have you ever wished for an endless night. Well, that’s how I felt about Kristin and Jim’s wedding. It was just such a special night for us all, and seeing them so happy was enough to make us all want this night to continue forever. So many memories with such special people. I mean EVERYONE was in good spirits. Heck, we even danced to the Electric Slide and Ricky Martin’s Livin La Vida Loca.
Just as the weekend, this night is a little blurry. Sure there was alcohol…I mean afterall it was Jim’s and an OU girl’s wedding…but the night was just so much fun that it went by so quickly.
Their wedding song was Then by Brad Paisley. And just like on Saturday night, I have the chills just listening to this song now. What a great song. Knowing them, I think this was the perfect wedding song for their courtship and future. He loves that girl so much. As her friend, that’s all you can ask for. Someone to love your friend almost as much as you do.
How do you choose a wedding song anyways? I mean their love for country music makes me feel like this was a shoe-in, but there are so many options out there. For instance, IF I was to marry a certain someone one day, two options play in my mind right now…God Blessed the Broken Road (Rascal Flatts or Carrie Underwood version) or At Last (Etta James). Sorry, I got caught up in the moment. Moving on….let’s talk about…
SHOTS! Captain Morgan Shots to be exact. So I really have no idea how this happened, but all of a sudden the DJ or Jim are making some announcement saying that if anyone wants to take part in the largest group shot of Captain Morgan for the Guinness Book of World Records to come onto the dance floor. Now at first it was pretty much Jim, Kristin, us girls, and other friends and family members…but before I knew it, well about 80% of the attendees were clasping shots of Captain and trying to stand on one leg. I have video proof, or at least my version of it, but you may just have to go to my 20sb or Facebook page to see it instead since this doesn’t want to upload through here.
Spirits were running even higher than before after that. People were dancing left and right to niece and flower girl, Megan, had a blast to. Oh to be young again! And songs such as Down, Shout, Cupid Shuffle, and Jump, Jump– which Jim’s apparently Charlie is a Michael Jackson aficionado and made his way to the dance floor after encouragement from Sean and Jim.
And then, the ‘clever’ DJ spun a semi-familiar tune called Single Ladies…maybe you’ve heard of it? Before we could grasp it, the madness of the bouquet toss was upon us. Jen, Sarah, Ruth, Jackie, Christie, and I made our way to the dance floor, standing behind the three younger girls that were there. Thank goodness Kristin knows better about her dear single friends (and the unlikelihood that any of us were next…atleast not Ruth nor I) and so she aimed right for the little girls.
The same was the case for the garter toss, with Jim aiming right for his ring bearer/ nephew, who actually slid to catch it. Those the highlight of this moment was when Kristin’s older brother, Matt, came over to a gleeful Jim- as his hands were ready to assume the position- and did the I’m watching you/ Barney Stinson move.
After taking a short break to rest my high-heeledd feet, I was immediately summoned to the dance floor with the dedicated of Murder on the Dance Floor to the “OU Girls”. This is one of the songs that we enjoyed during our OU days and made it on The Pub Mix (Kristin’s cd). I love these girls so much!!
After all of these upbeat songs and moments, it was time to slow it down. I found this to be such a lovely moment actually. (And I cannot remember the song right now, but it may have been something by Rascal Flatts. Drawing a blank.) So the DJ invited all of the married couples to join the new Mr. and Mrs. Comyns on the dance floor. After a few minutes, he would dismiss all couples that have been married less than X amount of years until the last couple remained. Being the single girl that I am, I loved every moment of this. And not only that, but during the song I had a great conversation about dating, love, and marriage with Charlie, who is also single. Anyways here are a few of my favorite couples that took to the dance floor.
Carrie and Ben Wolfe. They’ve been married for almost 3 years (I believe), but have been together since I met them through Kristin, Ruth, Sarah, and Jackie back in my OU days. They just mesh so well and I really enjoy seeing them. Hoping to see them in Chicago for a weekend getaway soon!
And here are the proud mother and father of the beautiful bride, Alan and Cindy Young. Much like the MacPhersons and the Cooks- as well as others- Mr. and Mrs. Young have welcomed me into their family. I actually had a great talk with this lovely couple later on in the evening at the hotel bar about their own love story. In short, they went to high school together and Mrs. Young thought Mr. Young was a prick! (Love it.) However once she got to know him she immediately realized her mistake and the rest is history. I believe they’ve been married over 40 years and they still look at each other with love in their eyes. It’s so beautiful. (Once again, I have chills typing this.)
Just to share more about my likes and who I am, I love LOVE. Sure, I can be called a hopeless romantic, but it’s not just that. I love hearing other people’s love stories: how they met, how they fell in love, their engagement story, and how they knew the other was “The One.”
Back to reality… the reception was nearly ending but that wasn’t the end of the night for us. Being the Designated Driver, Jen and Neil were fine with participating in after-hours at the hotel bar. After a little miscommunication and convincing from the always charming groom, we were able to get the bar to stay open til 2 am. Poor girl ended up being the only bartender and I hope that they tipped her well. By that time in the night, not too many people were still sober besides me, but I had a ball AND remember all of it too, including this moment WFT moment with the lovely Anna and her cousin. As Anna posted on my Facebook wall, most likely with a hangover, “Mulch anyone?” Only you, Anna.
People started stumbling up to their hotel rooms and I escorted a drunk and tired Maid of Honor to hers. Shortly after that the groom announced, “Wife, it’s time for bed.” Love it. Doesn’t that make you want to be a wife yourself?
After deciding that there was no way Jim was going to be patient enough to unbutton all of her dress buttons, Sarah and I manned-up and went with the lovely bride and groom up to their hotel groom…and of course Jim made a comment about getting married and taking three girls to bed. (He was too tired to make the comment too inappropriate.) You know it was kinda cool having that moment with Kristin at the end of the night; however, as soon as we were done helping her undo the buttons, Sarah and I sprinted out of the room.
We said our goodbyes and drove back to Jen’s parents’ house for the night. It was 3:30 am by the time I got into my sweats and I was obviously ready for bed, but God had other plans in store for me. Jen got a bit emotional. Now she was embarrassed and kept apologizing, but I tried to reassure her that it was fine. Afterall I’ve been there before…trust me.
Actually, while I wish she wasn’t upset in the first place, I was so happy to be able to be there for my friend in person. That’s it, Chicago. See ya! I’m moving back.
Anyways, I’m sure you know what our topic of discussion was since we were two single girls that just attended a beautiful wedding. In essence, Jen and I had a great little heart-to-heart about boys, love, and all that messy stuff in between. Being sober and wanting to assure her that I was there to listen, I found myself being very honest about my own feelings. Now I’m only sharing this because it was a revelation for me- the me that tends to keep feelings inside, especially when it comes to boys and love. Here is the gist of what I said to my dear friend:
Jen, I have been single for a long time and a day has yet to pass when I don’t have a moment or many moments of wanting the fantasy. As happy as I am for Kristin and Julie, I of course wish that I was engaged to the love of my life too. But the reality is that it’s not my turn yet. Sure I have bad days where I think it’s never going to be me, but I try my best to stay positive and remind myself that it will…because I deserve it. And so do you. I’ve been in love with someone for over 6 years now and I think about him more than I want to admit. I hate doing so but it hurts more not to think about him. Every part of me wishes that I can move on once and for all, but there’s always that part of me that believes that he’s the one for me- no matter how many people tell me that I’m foolish for thinking so.
You know yourself best (as Alisha said to me), so you are the only one that will ever fully understand who you love and how you feel. So don’t let others tell you otherwise or make you question what you feel. And just know that I’ll always be there to listen whenever you need someone to talk to. Just don’t stop believing because you deserve love.
Unfortunately my body doesn’t know how to sleep in, even when I don’t go to bed until 4 am, and I woke up at 7 am. Fortunately after a shower and catch-up call with my mom, I was able to get another hour of sleep. Being as wonderful as ever, Mrs. MacPherson’s homemade breakfast drew us downstairs, where we watched some TV before Neil woke up. Afterwards we got ready to meet Jen’s friend, Kelly, to see Letters to Juliet. I think I wrote enough here so I’ll save my comments for another day. Following the movie, Jen and I headed over to Mass. Jen had Youth Group immediately after, so I took advantage of that time and ran a few errands. We then headed back for Mrs. Mac’s baked ziti and watched 27 Dresses until it was time to leave for my departing Megabus…which put an end to this wonderful weekend in Columbus.
Weddings are so bittersweet, but I have to say that other than a few moments of wonder “what if” and daydreaming about a certain boy or two, I was really okay with my single status. I was surrounded by so much love this weekend and truthfully I’m just so blessed to have what I have. My only wish is that they all came back to Chicago with me…but maybe I’ll be back in Columbus with them (soon). Mr. MacPherson even asked the inevitable question, “So when are you moving back?”
I wish I knew the answer to that….and if I am. Thanks for an A.MAY.ZING. weekend, Columbus. I miss you!