One of my best friends, Adam "Peach" Gillem, married his college sweatheart, Caroline Pennington, this past weekend in Knoxville. I was so very blessed to be in the wedding and after a more than eventful bachelor party in Gulf Shores, AL it was off to Knoxville, TN this past weekend for the festivities.
It. Was. A. Blast... We stayed at the RT Lodge in Maryville, TN and the wedding/reception was at Rarity Bay Country Club, all of which were beautiful. Typical day before the wedding events included a round of golf with the Groomsmen, the rehearsal (which I don't think a single member in the wedding party was sober for) and of course the rehearsal dinner where all of the guys surprised Caroline as we sung Sweet Caroline for her. The dinner was concluded by a series of speeches, which following the days agenda of non-stop drinking were interesting to say the least.
Ah, wedding day. Naturally, Peach, Dickey, Darville, and I got in a great workout during the day before heading to the country club. Before the wedding we took the typical series of Groomsmen's pictures; however, I'm almost certain we included a few pictures that the photographers had never seen before, including a pants off pic, which is promised to be epic. Upon arrival back to the club, Peach handed out his Groomsmen's gifts (awesome initialed travel vanity bags... with mustaches!) and we all said our final words. The wedding went off like a charm, even though Kacie B, and I could barely keep a straight face during the ceremony, sorry Peach, but alas it was reception time! We drank, we danced, we put Peach and Caroline on our shoulders, we drank, we danced, I gave the bestman speech - and almost cried, and we drank and danced some more. Awesome reception, hands down.
As Darville and I drove back up North Sunday morning, I felt like the reality of Peach's wedding hit me like a ton of bricks. Wow, he was actually married. You see, Peach and Caroline have been dating since we were sophomore's in college, all of our college friends were there, the girls we __ with, the guys we chilled with, the stories were shared... it literally felt like the culmination of all that was college. Not to mention, Peach and Caroline have been through everything together. If this incredible couple can make it, anyone who puts their faith in God and in each-other can make it. I'm beyond proud of them, but 50 hours post nuptials, I am left still in a surreal state.
At 27, where am I at in life? Where do I see myself now, 3 years, down the road? What have I learned from my past? Am I ready to let go of all that is in my past? How do I feel about getting married? Where do I think I will meet "the one?" Do I want to stay in the NorthEast? And a handful of other questions. I'm super excited about the fact that I am 10 months from completing my MBA from a top school at Villanova. I'm super excited that I have an awesome job at one of the largest financial firms in the world at BNY Mellon. My faith and relationship with God is continuing to grow more and more each day, I love my family with all of my heart, and I have hands down the most incredible friends in the entire world. But something is missing... did Peach find it? When/where will I find it? Should I be down in Texas with my Mother and Sisters or should I go back out to San Diego? The questions are only piling up more and more...
With all that transpired in CO this past weekend, coupled with seeing Peach and Caroline take the next step in life, together - I just cannot help but think more than ever that life is so precious, there are no dress rehearsals in life, if your heart is leaning a certain way by no means should we force it to feel any other way than it naturally does because we only get one opportunity at life and my goodness we should cherish every moment of everyday with those that we think about and love.
I hate to keep going, but my mind is racing and putting finger to computer is one of the only ways I know how to harness my thoughts. I probably did not leave you with much tonight, and provoking thought in my readers is one of my greatest aspirations and goals, but I do hope that you too can ask yourself these questions.
Below are some great pics from the weekend!