Over the 4th of July holiday, Drew and I headed to our old college stomping grounds in Bowling Green, KY to see our friends Ben and Dana tie the knot. Drew was a groomsman in the wedding so we headed out of town Wednesday morning, dropping Theo off at Barking Hound Village on the way. We’d actually be staying with our friends Mike and Donna since we hadn’t seen them in a while and they had a 10-month old son, Tanner, who we couldn’t wait to meet. Despite the rainy weather, we made great time and arrived in Bowling Green with enough time to kill, stopping at our favorite Mexican place Puerto’s before continuing on to Mike and Donna’s house. It was so nice to be back in the town that I spent four amazing years of my life in; the last time we’d visit was Homecoming, just a few months after we got married.
The rehearsal dinner was at Mariah’s, one of the must go-to restaurant in Bowling Green. It’s the same restaurant where our parents met each other for the first time, where I witnessed a surprise engagement of two of my friends, and where my graduation lunch was held. Before the dinner, Drew and I drove through the main street of campus, noting all the new building and renovations that had been made in the years since we graduated.
We were actually able to see a lot of the pre-wedding photos being taken at a beautiful white house with an ornate backyard that just begged for wedding photography to be taken there. I have got to commend everyone for making sure that Dana and Ben never saw each other during those hours; it had to be hard to be so close to your soon-to-be spouse and not even try to sneak a peek! The wedding ceremony was wonderful and Dana of course looked stunning in her dress. I’m a pretty sentimental person but I usually don’t tear up at weddings; however, as Ben and Dana exchanged their vows, I felt myself tearing up a little. There’s just something so special about seeing two people whose love you’ve seen grow over the years, commit the rest of their lives to each other.
The reception took place at the Kentucky Museum, which is actually right on WKU’s campus. Dinner was a build-you-own enchilada bar (best idea ever?!) and there was definitely no shortage of wedding cake. One of the cakes was peach flavored and actually had peaches in it that had been picked from Jackson’s, an Orchard owned by Ben’s family. The wedding cake replicated Dana’s wedding dress and was absolutely stunning (and delicious). Even though it started to rain, we saw the newlyweds off with the glow of dozens of sparklers. It was 4th of July weekend after all.
In a few weekends, we’ll head back to Kentucky to see the same group of friends, and celebrate the wedding of Matt and Rachel. It’s exciting seeing the people so involved in our own wedding getting married themselves; I guess we are all really growing up! To Ben and Dana, I wish you all nothing but the best and a lifetime of true happiness. You two are such great people individually but even better as a couple. Enjoy married life!