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Posted on Oct 17, 2011 in Dear Diary | 31 comments

Wedding, the Fourth

Happy Monday, friends!

I’m back after attending yet another beautiful wedding — the fourth I’ve attended since August! Whew!


Our friends Matt & Jess got married on a gorgeous day in Hampton, VA. It was awesome that so many of my friends were in the wedding party and able to attend. I always love weddings, but you can’t deny that they are just more fun when you know a lot more people than just the bride & groom, right?


It was extra awesome this time, because neither my brother, my boyfriend, nor I had to actually DO anything for this wedding. Steve wasn’t a groomsman, Ben wasn’t the photographer, and I wasn’t anything (well, nothing new there, but still!)


Of course, that didn’t stop either of us trigger-happy Powell siblings from taking an inordinate number of photos, hehe.


Father & Daughter

I can’t help it. It’s just too pretty not to capture on film.

Husband and WifeIntroducing...
Mr. & Mrs.!

It’s always the small details that I love most about weddings. It’s where the personality of each couple really seems to shine through the most.

Cekke.Mother of the BridePlacedGenerations

Matt & Jess had the guestbook on a display table with framed photos of their mothers & grandmothers on their wedding days. Jess even wore the same locket her mom AND grandma have on in their respective bridal portraits! Talk about your meaningful “something borrowed”, eh?


Right on trend, the food was great too! There was a selection of crackers and cheese to snack on during cocktail hour (herbed goat cheese? Be still my heart!), followed by a buffet of salad, roasted chicken, salmon, potatoes, and haricot vert.

(Photo by Ben)

Bonus? The cake tasted like a creamsicle!


After the first dance (I cried), and speeches (I cried again), the party really got started! You may notice that all photos from this point of the night onward were taken by Ben. So, er, that probably says a lot about how things progressed, keke. Oh, vodka sodas… you shall be the death of me (with lime!)

Oh sure, it always starts out innocently enough. (Hi Lisa!)

The ridiculousness grows slowly…

Sometimes I’m so cool I can hardly stand it.

But hey, at least you can tell it was a good time! πŸ˜‰

Oh! I almost forgot to mention THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE WHOLE NIGHT. Yes, EVEN more important than the part where the bride & groom actually got, y’know, married. (Okay, FINE, not really.)


And it only took me four (increasingly violent) tries! And doubleplusbonus: they didn’t have us do the embarrassing thing where the guy who catches the garter has to put it back on the girl who caught the bouquet. Not that I don’t dearly love my good friend Jabarie, but c’mon. That ish is not comfortable for ANYBODY.


Before making the drive back home yesterday, a bunch of us refueled/healed ourselves with what we thought would be a quick brunch at The Pirate’s Booty. Turns out in Hampton, “quick” has a substantially different meaning, hahaha.


Ah well, at least the food still tasted “arr”some, even if it took us two hours to eat!

Day 285 - Jess & Matt
(Photo by Ben, obviously.)

Congratulations again, Matt & Jess!

It sort of pains me to say it, but I’m kind of glad to be getting a little break from wedding season. Four weddings in three months, with two of them on back-to-back weekends, is just a lot! Not that I haven’t loved going to all of them but… well, I think it’ll just be easier for me to stay on track now. Of course, I still have to contend with an upcoming trip to Ottawa in two weeks… before the onslaught of the glorious, wondrous, phantasmagical holiday season! (Oh, sorry, did you guys forget how much I love the holidays?)

Lots to look forward to… and lots to navigate in terms of weight loss and training. Bring. It. On.


  1. I made it on your blog:) and I got to read it this morning! It was wonderful to see you (and looking amazing). Now I just have to catch up on 2 months of previous posts. I miss you and hope to see you sometime soon.

    • I’m soooo glad I got to see you (and little Baby Nida!) Sorry for awkwardly continuing to molest your stomach throughout the night. And thanks for my prezzie!!!

  2. ooooooooooh, finally the wedding post!
    wow, those dresses (bride+bridesmaids) look stunning!! looooooooove them!
    did I mention I loved weddings??
    your dress is great, too, the colour suits you so well.

    • We are clearly kindred spirits, both lovers of all things WEDDING!

      • and u clearly have every reason to do so, especially now, that u have caught the bouquet πŸ˜‰

  3. I caught the bouquet at my friend Lisa’s wedding and Steve proposed 3 months later! I’m just sayin… πŸ˜‰

    • Hahahahaha, don’t tell my Steve that! πŸ˜‰

  4. This wedding was gorgeous! I love her colors and her dress is amazing. πŸ™‚ You are looking hawt too!

  5. Beautiful bride! Groom also ….. cutie fella! Jess did great w/color choices ….. dresses. Nice (on the eyes!) shades of pinks. Happiness & health to you both!!

    As always …. you are (still) very-very funny and fun Gretchen!

    When in the next wedding??? Ha.

    • Haha, luckily my next friend is getting married in December so I can take a breather! πŸ™‚

  6. What a beautiful, romantic wedding! I love the bride’s gown. She looks amazing.

    (Your friend in the low-cut blue dress is wearing the same bridesmaid dress I chose for my wedding! JCrew forever!)

    I know what you mean about wedding season, or any busy season. Hope the next few weekends are a bit calmer for you.

    • I think that the actual bridesmaids dresses were also from J.Crew! Apparently it’s the place to be!

  7. I love the wedding cake and the idea of using family member’s wedding pictures.

    Your dress is quite adorable and congrats on catching the bouquet!!

  8. Your dress looks amazing, especially with your toenail polish, AND I love that you caught the bouquet!!

    Of the past 4 weddings I went to, 3 of the brides… didn’t throw a single flower. Let ALONE a bouquet. Talk about your disappointments.

    • But what about all the single ladies?!

  9. You really have a knack for summing these things up quite nicely, complete with great collection of photos. Glad you didn’t have to kill anyone to get the bouquet, though it’d probably have been more entertaining if you did… I sent this to my Mom today so she could see how we spent our weekend, and she emailed me back almost immediately that she had really enjoyed reading it. She also said that you should come to her Jazzercise class sometime, haha.

    • Haha, I feel like I should have had a warning pinned to my chest: “All single women, please step back. I *AM* catching this bouquet.”

  10. Great post! You really do have a talent for reporting!

    I don’t usually care for strapless wedding gowns, but I have to admit that Jess looked absolutely breathtaking in hers. Thanks so much for capturing the moment so we could all share!

    (and the cake looks simply too delicious for words)

    • It was delicious. Let’s be honest, I navigate my way through the buffet solely to get to the cake. πŸ˜€

  11. Hi Gretchen. LOVE the wedding post (though I do understand that you’re a bit wedding’d-out, 4 in 3 months is a whole lotta nuptuals!) Your dress is super pretty, and how fun that you caught the bouquet. Thanks for sharing the special day with us!!!

  12. OMGOMGOMG I’m in your blog!!! lol
    Great to see you this weekend!

  13. Beautiful pictures!

    I hear you on the wedding season thing – this year I had three wedding weekends in a row in August! Once of which was my own. So I’m all wedding-ed out.

    Love your dress!

  14. Hey! I didn’t know you were an OTTAWA fan. Looks like you found the BEST parts of our city. If you need some new restaurant recommendations, just let me know. Looks like the wedding was fun too. Maybe we’ll cross paths while you’re here. Enjoy!

    • Yeah!! I lived there for a few years, and even spent senior year at/graduated from Ashbury! I am sososo excited to be going back for a visit!

  15. love weddings and you look like you are having a BLAST! but I have NEVER heard of the guy putting the garter on the girl who caught the flowers….weird…

    • Hahaha, then you’re lucky you’ve never had to witness it! It’s always pretty awkward. πŸ™‚

  16. You have had quite the wedding season! I’m so envious, wedding’s are so much fun!!!

  17. Crazy! I’ve only been reading your blog for a couple months so I didn’t realize you had a little Canadian connection, I actually live in Ottawa as well! Hope you enjoy your upcoming trip! πŸ™‚

  18. Her dress is gorgeous! Love it!


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