Monday, April 22, 2013

A Night to Shine

     A Night to Shine is a prom for ladies and gentlemen with special needs. While I say "special needs", I realized they are just like you and me. They might be limited in some areas but they ultimately just want love and attention. Don't we all?

     From beginning to end the prom goers were given the star treatment. From a red carpet when they walked in, to hair and makeup, their own prom picture, games and a wonderful served meal. After the meal there was dancing, dancing, games, and more dancing. There was a special performance and then more dancing ensued. You could tell from their faces how happy they were and how most of them had never had an experience like this before. Each guest was given an escort who stayed with them the whole time and made sure their experience was unforgettable. Let me tell ya, everyone that helped out with this event was SPECTACULAR!

 I love my friends and family so much but there is something SO special about seeing them love and serve those that they never have loved or served before. The time and energy they invested into people they didn't even know and might never see again was so cool. So, so cool.  Just thinking about it makes me get a little teary eyed. I believe that all of us that helped with the night received the bigger blessing in the end. As it was said that night, everything is for the Lord and He receives all the glory for a wonderful night. Cant wait until next year!


Here are some of my favorite people looking spiffy for the night!

We are never ready for pictures and Ashley is always laughing. Cant wait to see the video she is putting together from the night!

More pictures to come once I get them from others :]

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Wedding #1...success!

My little ashy poo got married today! I can't believe that its been almost 4 years since we graduated high school and over a year ago that my sweet Ashley met the man who was standing at the end of the aisle today. Time really does fly the older you get. 

Ashley and Brandon's wedding was so sweet and you could tell how they genuinely and selflessly love one another. They were precious to watch together and their picture taking time had to be the sweetest thing. Weddings always make me sappy and so happy at the same time. I remember in high school emailing (yes, emailing) Ashley while we were at school and we would talk about the boys in our life...or lack thereof ;) We would always mention our engagements and then our weddings and discuss how we could never see that day coming. Well, today was Ashley's day. Her day to wear white. Her day where it was all about her. Her day that people got to put on and off her shoes due to her dress being so puffy ;) Her day to toss the bouquet instead of catch it. Her day where she became a wife.  Her day

I love seeing my friends get married and the union that God himself brought together. And in the back of my mind I know that one day, it will be my day. 

Da brideee.

Our mommies.

Right before the walk

Presh little decorations.

I got pretties too.

Lurveee their cake. 

Me with the happy couple. We can redo this picture at my wedding in 10 years. haha. 

This girl is too sweet. 

And they lived happily ever South Carolina.
(Please don't move!)

Next wedding, Barbie bell!