Wedding Wednesday – Meet The Wedding Party
Hello everyone! It sure has been a while since my last blog post! But I am excited for y’all to read this one. This is my last installment of the Wedding Wednesday series and one of my faves. I want to introduce y’all to all of the awesome people we had standing beside us on our big day. The bridesmaids, groomsmen, and the flower girl. Each one of these people hold a special place in mine and Bennett’s hearts. And we couldn’t have imagined not having them be in our wedding.
Before I asked anyone to be in my wedding, I told myself that I only wanted to ask girls who I knew would be a part of my life forever. So my bridesmaids were my sister, bennetts sisters, bennetts cousin, and my best friend.
Maid of Honor – Meredith
Meredith is my little sister. She is 7 years younger than me and my twin 😂. Growing up we were not super close because of the age difference. However as we have gotten older, she has become one of my closest friends. I lived at my parents house before I got married (to save some $$) and, obviously, she lived there as well. We would go on late night food runs, random blogger picture taking adventures, and plenty of other adventures together. Living an hour away from her now I do miss her, but I told her our guest room is always open for her to come visit!
Matron of Honor – Taylor
Taylor has been my best friend since our second year of college. We played soccer together and were the two youngest people on the team (our parents had to come sign our NCAA forms before we could play because we weren’t 18 😅). Funnily enough we didn’t really like each other at first. However she finally came around and realized how funny I am and we decided to room together our second semester of our freshmen year. We have been there for each other through awful relationships, long distances and two weddings. She really is so special to me and Im thankful she was there to stand beside me on my big day!
Bridesmaid – Hannah
Hannah is Bennett’s older sister, who he is incredibly close to. I like to think that Hannah and I have always gotten along. However we both have really strong personalities so there have been a few differences between us in the past 5 years 😉. Hannah is a SUPER loyal person and really loves her family. So I knew that even though she would be pregnant throughout the whole wedding planning process AND be having a baby 2 months before we got married, I had to have her standing up there. So shoutout to her for being a supermom and a super bridesmaid!
Bridesmaid – Emma
Emma is Bennett’s younger sister. Growing up, like me and Meredith, they were not super close. However they too have gotten closer as they have gotten older. I have always had a great relationship with Emma and I knew there was no question that I wanted her to be a bridesmaid. Fun fact, Emma just got married at the beginning of this month and she asked me to be her photographer! It was so much fun getting to hangout with her all day and take all of the photos that she will have forever. I was super honored that she asked me!
Bridesmaid – Sadie Grace
Sadie Grace is Bennett’s cousin and an incredibly special person to me. SG has been one of my biggest supports in the Houston fam since Bennett and I started dating. She was 12 years old when I met her, and somehow one of the most mature and sweetest people I have ever met at such a young age. Watching SG grow into such a beautiful young woman has been such an honor and she’s truly someone I look up to spiritually as well as in the gym 😉. There was NO question at all that I had to ask Sadie to be a bridesmaid in our wedding and I am so glad that she said yes!
Junior Bridesmaid – Gracie Myers
Gracie is my cousin who I have always had a very special relationship with. I was super close with her mom (my aunt) growing up. So naturally it made sense for me to be close with her daughter. I have been babysitting GM since she was very young and we have such a strong bond I just KNEW I had to have her in my wedding. Fun fact, I was in her parents wedding as a junior bridesmaid the summer that I was 10 and would be turning 11. GM was our junior bridesmaid this past summer when she was 10 and would be turning 11 within the next few months.
Flowergirl – Porter
Porter is just the sweetest little girl I have ever met. I taught her older brother James (he was also in our wedding) when he was 5 years old in preschool. So I met Porter when she was 3 and I started babysitting for their family. When I moved to South Carolina for two years, I kind of lost touch with their family but stayed friends on social media. As soon as I announced I was moving back to Charlotte, Porters mom texted me and asked if I wanted to start baby-sitting again. Of course I said yes! I picked up right where I left off with them and just continued to grow closer. They are such a special family to me and Im so thankful Brannen and Melinda let J & P be in our wedding!
The groomsmen were all guys that are closest to Bennett. Most of them were his family but he also had my brother, and two of his best friends!
Best Man – Sam
Sam is Bennett’s younger brother. They are each others best friends and literally have been so close their entire life. Bennett always used to joke that even if we were newlyweds and Sam needed a place to stay, he could come stay with us. Sam and I have always had a pretty good friendship. Me and Bennett joke that I am just the female version of Sam (personality wise) and thats why we get along so well. I know how close these two are and it just made sense for him to be Bennett’s best man!
Groomsman – Eric
Eric is Bennett’s dad and he is a great guy. He has always been super supportive of Bennett and I and has always made it know that he is there for us. Im pretty sure Eric is the one who really got Bennett into the football coaching world as he is also a coach. I think that is what makes Eric and Bennett pretty close is their ability to make everything into a conversation about football 😅.
Groomsman – Harrison
Harrison is Bennett’s cousin and Sadie’s brother. Harrison is just a really cool dude. Him and Bennett grew up super close and always playing together so naturally they have been close as adults too. Bennett did not hesitate to say Harrison’s name when we were discussing who we would ask to be in our wedding. Because the Houston’s are all so close, I have spent a lot of time with Harrison the past few years and although he is pretty quite, his humor really gets you!
Groomsman – Grant
Grant is my younger brother. We are only 18 months apart and grew up as BFFs our whole lives. He has approved of Bennett since day one (probably because of the whole football thing ha!). And I thought it was pretty special that Bennett wanted to ask him to stand by his side on the wedding day. A few things I could tell you about Grant, he is one of the funniest people I have ever met, he hates affection, and he’s incredibly full of him (in the best way 😆). But really I am so blessed to have such a good relationship with my brother and I was so happy he agreed to be in our wedding.
Groomsman – Bryant
Bryant is Bennetts best friend. He’s a super nice guy and truth be told, I didn’t think he liked me for the longest time 😅. Throughout the years, I do think our friendship has grown and now I do think he finally may like me? But regardless him and Bennett are super close and have been best friends since they were young. Of course they have those dumb boy stories from high school that they love to bring up around me but I just let it go haha. Anyways Bryant really is a great guy. And it has become my mission in life to find him a great girl. So ladies if you’re single, let me know 😉.
Groomsman – Tucker
Tucker is another one of Bennett’s (and Sam’s) best friends. He might be the most non talkative person I have ever met. However he is incredibly nice 😂. Tuckers family and Bennett’s family are really good friends so they too grew up together. They just have one of those friendships that not a lot of people have. Fun fact Tucker is getting married next month and asked Bennett and Sam to be groomsmen. However neither of them can be in the wedding because of football!
Junior Groomsman – James
James is Porters older brother and just the sweetest kid ever. Like I said before, I am super close to their family. I always have to ask James who his favorite babysitter is just to make sure that its still me 😉. Bennett had never met James before our wedding. However Bennett had nothing but great things to say about what a respectful kid he was! And he was also glad that James was included in our big day! James is a super smart kid and he loves to follow along with whatever team is Bennett is coaching. We then like to talk about their games when I come babysit!
There you have it! Our bridal party! Bennett and I love all of these people so much. And we were both so honored that they were a part of our big day! I have a few ideas for my next blog posts but what do y’all want to see? Let me know in the comments below!