Saturday, June 17th 2017. That was the day that one of my most special friends got married to the love of her life.
Meghan Limke and I met when I started working at the dental office of Cottrell and Associates. Throughout the time I worked there, we continued to create a strong friendship and a bond that is truly so precious to me. During the time that we have had as friends, we have each gone through tough times in our own lives, and have always been there for each other during each of them.
When she told me that her and Andrew were engaged, I couldn’t have been more happy for them. Those two as a couple have a love that some only dream of. Not long after they were engaged, Jon and I got engaged. Then her and I were able to have that to add to our bond. Always catching ourselves talking about wedding stuff and our dreams.
She was there for me on my special day in Lake Anna. Although the magnitude of mine and Jon’s wedding doesn’t even compare to her and Andrews, she too had her special day in Lake Anna, Virginia also!
Soon before I moved back home to North Carolina, Meghan asked me to contribute to her wedding. She asked me to do her make up on the big day. Oh my gosh! I was almost TOO excited when she asked me. I mean, that’s a big deal. I will be the person to basically decorate her face. The face that everyone will see, the face Andrew will see as she’s walking down the aisle, and the face that will live in the photos forever. A part of me was also very nervous; but I didn’t let her know that. (If she reads this, then she knows.) As soon as she asked me, I started looking for inspiration online. I even ordered specific eye shadow for her.
Per Meghan’s request, I arrived the day before the wedding so that I could go to the rehearsal and hang out at the lake house for the rehearsal dinner. Most people who have known me a while wouldn’t call me shy, but I do have a shy side. The only people I knew at the rehearsal was Meghan, Andrew, and her sister Kendell whom I’ve only met twice. I definitely felt awkward and out of my element. My anxiety kicked in because there was probably 20 people there whom I didn’t know. My feelings aside, I was there for Meghan and Andrew, and I wouldn’t have missed it. I would always be there for her no matter what. Luckily, I had my camera to hide behind when I felt a little uncomfortable.
The next day, I arrived back at the house at 11am. For the most part, the atmosphere was calm. Meghan seemed calm and excited. She started with her hair, and while that was setting, I did her make up. I have to be honest, I had to stop my hands from shaking. However, it progressed, she really started to look like a bride. I caught myself just smiling as I was working on her. When I finished, I had tears in my eyes. She looked so beautiful. I felt so lucky that she let me do that for her. It really is a big deal.
The wedding was gorgeous. We were lucky that the rain held off. I’ve never seen her look as happy as she did that whole day. I felt honored that she had me there as a part of her wedding weekend. She says that it meant so much to her, but I don’t know if she realizes exactly how much it meant to me as well. Every girl wants to feel beautiful on their wedding day, and the fact that she had me help with that means the world to me. I’m so happy that I was able to be there for her and Andrew’s big day.
Saying goodbye to her after the wedding was so hard. It even brings tears to my eyes now as I write this. Hopefully I will see her one more time before I leave. Meghan is such a special person. I’m lucky to call her a friend. Even though we will be thousands of miles apart, our friendship will stay the same.
“It’s not about how long you’ve known someone. It’s about the time you’ve spent together.”