Road Trip: Michigan

To say that the last week has been busy is an understatement. 
However, it was the best kind of busy. The kind of busy filled with friends and celebrations and sun and water and good food. 
I think I can honestly say that it was one of the best weekends I've had in a very very long time, if not ever. 

Last Thursday, we drove to Dowagiac, Michigan from Minnesota for the wedding of one of my best friends in the entire world. Sara (the bride) was one of my house-mates in Egypt, and easily one of the top 3 funniest people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. Jordan (her now-husband) is one of the most musically talented, outgoing people I've met, and I got to spend time with him in Egypt as well. They have some amazing friends, all of whom stayed the whole weekend with us at a family member's lake house. What I'm trying to say is, I spent 3 days on a lake with some incredible people, and made several friends that I'm sure will be some of my best. I'm overflowing with excitement and happiness about the people I've been led to. 

The wedding was on Sunday, and I'm not exaggerating when I say that it was the most beautiful wedding I've ever witnessed, in real life or on TV/the internet. Jordan and Sara are so perfectly in love and the model of an ideal relationship. He sang to her as she walked down the aisle, and she was absolutely stunning in every way. [I cried a lot]. The venue was on this pristine piece of property dotted with ponds and weeping willows, and the weather was warm and sunny and everything you would wish for your wedding day. The reception was filled with musical performances by many talented friends of the couple, as well as a flash mob Egyptian dance performance done by the wedding party and former Egyptian staff. We finished off with sparklers and fireworks and laughter and tears, and wished them well as they went off on their merry honeymoon. I had the honor of being one of the bridesmaids, and am proud to say I was able to support Sara and Jordan throughout their relationship and on their wedding day. 

As a result of being so busy and spending many hours laughing into the twilight hours, I didn't get take any photos. But that's ok. This is one occasion that I don't regret not bringing my camera to, because I was much more happy being present in the moment than in photographing it. However, I wouldn't rave about this stunning wedding and not show you guys some pictures! The (amazing) wedding photographer gave us a sneak-peek of the wedding, and I have a few phone photos as well. When all the professional photos are finished in the upcoming months, I'll bring them back to you as a gift for your enjoyment. 

Photo credit to Aimee Burchard Photography
The wedding photographer (Aimee Burchard) was an absolute sweetheart and was so much fun to work with. This is her early-release photo of the couple, and I'm so excited to see the rest! Visit her website here

Sara is the best. She was so easy to work with, and had a lot of fun with us (as seen above, ha ha).
I'm second from the left.

This is a group of staff from the school we taught at in Egypt - it was a reunion! So nice to see familiar faces from a far-away place. 

I'm now in Boulder, Colorado, after driving 17 hours yesterday (whew!). I'll have lots of lovely photos coming up from our time here, so stay tuned! We have two weeks of the road trip left, but are officially on the return-leg of the trip. 
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