Katy Kat Getting Married

first dance

first dance

My Katy Kat got married yesterday. MARRIED!

Our boarder is no longer a fourth mouth to feed in this house. She’s a wife to Nick. I’m happy for them. I genuinely believe they’ve got as good a shot at happiness in this life as anyone could.

It was a wedding, so all the typical family drama played out over the past few months. Emotions that can usually be smoothed over somehow find their way to the surface. But that’s just the way it goes.

For the rehearsal, Jackson the ring bearer, had the.best.shirt. in the history of ring bearer shirts. ever!

One Ring to Rule Them All... I tried to teach him to say "My precious!" because my friend Jennifer and I thought it would be HILARIOUS! No one else thought it was nearly as funny as we did.

One Ring to Rule Them All… I tried to teach him to say “My precious!” because my friend Jennifer and I thought it would be HILARIOUS! No one else thought it was nearly as funny as we did.

Things started out just fine. Jackson and his cousin Paige, the flower girl were going through their assigned roles.

Jackson, ring bearer and my niece, Paige the flower girl holding the Here Comes the Bride sign

Jackson and Paige the flower girl holding the Here Comes the Bride sign

Then out of nowhere Jackson, the biggest stage ham you’ve ever seen, was absolutely seized by stage fright. He broke down into a terrified sob like I have never seen from him. He just kept saying, “There are too much people! There are too much people!”

We tried everything to comfort him: hugs, gum, reassurance, bribes… nothing was working. That boy was in a bad way.

Even 7 year-old boys need to be held by their dads when everything is so scary.

Even 7 year-old boys need to be held by their dads when everything is so scary.

By Saturday morning, odds were 80-20, he wasn’t going down that aisle. I told him he didn’t have to. But he WAS putting on his suit and having his photo made with everyone else. He agreed.

cutest little ring bearer ever

cutest little ring bearer ever

Nano with her two great grandchildren

Nano with her two great grandchildren

Photos can be tough on everyone...even the Princess Bride

Photos can be tough on everyone…even the Princess Bride

He made it down the aisle once we agreed he did not have to wear his shoes and our friend promised him $5. The groom fist bumped him when he got to the front, then he ran like a mad man to our cousin Scott who held on to him gently, but firmly through the ceremony to be sure he made it.

He made it down the aisle once we agreed he did not have to wear his shoes and our friend promised him $5. The groom fist bumped him when he got to the front, then he ran like a mad man to our cousin Scott who held on to him gently, but firmly through the ceremony to be sure he made it.

He danced like a maniac and ate at LEAST a half dozen cookies and two slices of cake. Then the sugar coma set in.

He danced like a maniac and ate at LEAST a half-dozen cookies and two slices of cake. Then the sugar coma set in.

There are a lot of people to thank for this wedding. So many people took time out of their lives to travel to LIttle Rock to celebrate with Katlyn and Nick. Friends and family worked hard to create lovely showers, parties and wonderful memories for this couple.

Many on my own friends went out of their way to be kind to me. By family tree, Katlyn is my cousin. But she’s always been a lot more than that in our family. There’s not a word to describe our relationship, but my friends knew this was a big deal emotionally for me, too.

I’m so grateful for all their support, calls, texts, hugs, cards and actual back labor during this event. My village continues to amaze me. I do not deserve you.

Co-hostesses for the bridal luncheon and the best partners in shenanigans a girl could hope for. Thank you Misty, Molly and Meggan for all you did.

Co-hostesses for the bridal luncheon and the best partners in shenanigans a girl could hope for. Thank you Misty, Molly and Meggan for all you did.

And thank you Melody, my cousin on the other side of the family. Dear Lord in Heaven, THANK YOU for the purse flask to be sure no problem was without a solution.

And thank you Melody, my cousin on the other side of the family. Dear Lord in Heaven, THANK YOU for the purse flask to be sure no problem was without some kind of a solution.

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2 thoughts on “Katy Kat Getting Married

  1. One can not survive a wedding “in the South” without such a wonderful Survival Kit – weddings require a liquid booster just to get through the small talk with all the aunts, uncles, cousins, and your 5th grade English teacher, etc. that you haven’t seen since the last family reunion and/or class reunion (if you went) – I happen to think that the flask is the perfect go-to groomsmen present for any wedding in the South {since I have no knowledge of weddings in the North …they may need to drink as well} ….who knows – Congrats to Kat

  2. Pingback: Haint Blue or How to Start the Dumbest Fight Ever | Drink, Sleep & Be Kerri

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