For as much planning as I’ve been doing for the wedding, I haven’t spent too much of that time feeling like a bride. I’ve been too distracted with the cancer stuff. Even as we check things off our master to do list, I’m not 100% in the moment of wedding bliss. For as excited as Mr. Darcy and I are to be married, it’s difficult to not acknowledge the current place we are in. I’m pretty sure the last few months have aged us. I see more gray in Darcy’s hair and much bigger bags under my eyes. I had such different priorities when we got engaged and now all I can think about is clear margins and what ifs.
But yesterday, amidst all my worrying and recovery, my Mom and sister threw me a lovely bridal shower brunch and for the first time in months I was able to just be Sizzle the Bride.
My mom and sis outdid themselves with the spread. It was so nice to just sit around a table with some of my best girlfriends and laugh.
At first I was against having a bridal shower. I didn’t feel like I needed one more party, especially when we were already asking people to come to the wedding, buy us a gift, and attend a bachelor/ette party. Besides, many of my dear friends live out-of-state. But after some cajoling, I agreed to the shower on the condition that no one could bring me a present but instead everyone would bring a candle and we’d do a gift exchange. That way everyone went home with a little something.
My sister outdid herself with the little matchstick jars. When you unscrew the lid there is a place to strike the match. It says “A Perfect Match”- how cute is that?
It was such a treat to spend the afternoon with wonderful women. I’m so very lucky to have great girlfriends. Thank you to all my sweet friends who came to celebrate with me!