The rehearsal dinner at Magnolia's was extremely good. Most of us ordered shellfish over grits, because how can you go to Charleston and not get a staple meal? We laughed, cried and laughed some more at speeches given throughout the night by my cousin, (groom's brother) my other cousins and maid of honor. It was so good to reflect back and cherish all of the memories and hilarious times we had with our cousin and our soon to be cousin. The meal ended with a slideshow of the perfect pair, their younger days and special times together. We couldn't have asked for a better rehearsal dinner!
Then of course, the cousins gathered around the pool at the hotel that night and reminisced some more of cherished stories we all grew up surrounded by.
The Big Day finally arrived! All of the bridesmaids (including my sister, two cousins, two friends of the bride and myself) sat around the Legare Waring House bridal suites getting our do's fixed, makeup done (which I had the sweet joy of helping with) and listening to my infamous ipod mix! Everyone's favorite! ;) Then we watched as the beautiful bride slipped into her gorgeous gown, beautiful jewelry and amazing blue high-heeled sandals, all the while snapping fun pics and laughing and hugging all the lady family.
When it was time for us to take our places outside and walk down the isle set under those beautiful moss trees, there wasn't a cloud in the sky and a small breeze filled the air. (Unfamiliar to Charleston's usual hot and sticky weather) It was a perfect day for a wedding. I saw the light and pure happiness in my cousins face as he watched his gorgeous bride finally make her way down the isle to her soulmate. Tears filled our eyes because of how heartfelt a moment it was.
The ceremony led by my uncle and his occasional silly antics made for a sweet and tender occasion.
Then the bride and groom kissed for the first time as husband and wife, made their way down the isle together and hovered around the bridal party for hugs and kisses for congratulatory bliss.
The reception was amazing as well. Lights under the tent sparkled and our cousins memorable music played off in the distance. It was quite apparent that Ashley and Dustin were having the time of their lives and their magical wedding fairytale had just been witnessed.
I was extremely honored to be in the wedding and share in this super sweet occasion.
Many well wishes, prayers, love and good luck to Brutherrr Cyuz and Cyuz ;)
Professional Photos will be shared at a later date ;)
sources* images taken by friends of the groom and bride