dress & underskirt: vintage | shoes: Goodwill
On Saturday, during the slightest of reprieves from the unbearable heatwave, my family, Chris, and I traveled to Indiana for the wedding of one of our dearest friends. Our two families have been friends since long before I was born. Before either of them had any kids at all, in fact - over 30 years ago. We have a rich history, full of inside jokes and family vacations and loads of embarrassing pictures. As we kids grow up and get married and have kids, it has gotten harder and harder to uphold our long-standing tradition of visiting each other every summer. Luckily, they live closer now than they did before. This wedding was actually my third time getting to see them this year - the most recent time was this post. It's good to be around people who knew you when you were in diapers and doing all manner of silly things. It keeps you humble.
And how lovely it was to see Anna get married! Talk about perseverance - her now-husband pursued her for seven years while they were both teaching abroad in Taiwan. Wow. They have such a sweet story, and it was wonderful to see them begin that next chapter. I mostly kept my camera to myself because I was so busy soaking it all up, but Chris and I did manage to get a few shots in. The reception was held in a gym, but you'd never have known. We both gasped when we turned the corner and saw how it had been transformed into something out of a fairy tale. Very fitting.
We had to leave far too soon to make the 3-hour drive back home, but the timing actually worked out well, because when we crossed the border back into Michigan, we were treated to the most gorgeous sunset I've ever seen. I'm only including one picture here, but trust me, we took way more photos! It was constantly shifting and changing into forms each more glorious and colorful than the last. It was sad indeed when the sky finally went dark, but I felt privileged to have seen something so beautiful.