Saturday, September 14, 2013

Day 125 - Standing up in a Brother's Wedding

I have never stood up in a brother’s wedding. This is an “I have never...” event that means a lot to me. While my Brother Abe and I had our ups and downs in our younger years, he is a man I have called one of my best friends for the better part of a decade, and being granted the honor of standing next to him when he ties the knot means more to me than words can express. In the months leading up to the wedding I became more and more excited by the prospect of being a part of he and Melissa’s wedding until I woke up today and found the actual day of his ceremony was suddenly upon us. In turn, I kicked myself out of bed this morning and geared up for what I knew was going to be an amazing day of memories, fun, and happiness. At 125 days into my “I have never...” journey, I knew today was going to be one of the highlights of my year of new experiences. There was no question about it...

The brothers three

Like a lot of the more outstanding experiences in my “I have never...” journey to date, my story about Abe and Melissa’s wedding will be brief. Let me state simply that this has been one of the happiest days I have been able to be a part of in some time. In my opinion, no aspect of the people, the place, the families, and the event could have made it better. Everything was just about as perfect as anyone could ever want it to be, and Abe and Melissa deserved nothing else. From the moment we began preparations for the day to the last song of the reception at night, we were in high spirits, excited, and, most importantly, happy. The bringing together of the Potter and Meinke families was met with open arms from all sides, and now I get to do something that felt right from the beginning of the relationship that brought us together today; call Melissa my sister.


Putting my country song to use

I have been to a lot of weddings before, but this exposed me to something new. Everything just seemed to fit exactly where it was supposed to fit. Although I had some chances to get to know them over the years, this weekend reinforced that the Potter family is full of awesome people, and I learned that they truly love Abe like a part of their family. I also learned that Missy and her family can do more than put up with the craziness that is the Meinke/Kelm clan... they can actually keep up with us. Stated plainly, I have never seen two families meet one another with such openness and celebration over the course of two days. Additionally, I literally saw groups of people go from acquaintances to friends over the period of 12 hours. Things were right from the beginning of today’s events to the very end... They were just right.

Groomsmen "Whooping" it up

Of course, I may be a little biased in this case, but I mean it sincerely when I say today was something special. I know I speak for every one of our friends and family when I say we are overwhelmed with the joy we feel for my Brother Abe and his wife (how crazy awesome does that sound!) Melissa. Based on today’s experience, I know the two of them are filled with, and surrounded by, love from all places. I would say here that everyone wishes the two of them all the happiness in the world, but my observations tonight make me believe they might just already have it...

The bride and groom

...Oh, and something tells me this won’t be the last time the wedding party, the Meinkes, and the Potters get together for a shindig. This was too much fun not to do again! (Abe and Missy, can we get you on a five year vow renewal plan or something?)

The first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Meinke

With all my love, I wish my Brother and Missy the best of everything in their life together and the best of everything in this world. I thank both of them for letting me be a part of this amazing day. It was an event that found its way into my heart where I will be happy to keep it for as long as I can. I love you both!

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