I spent this weekend in New York celebrating my cousin Caden's wedding. Originally, I wasn't planning to go but thanks to the magic of accumulated airline miles, extra vacation days at work, and the generosity of some friends from law school who let me stay with them (and then were the best host and hostess ever!) I was able to make the trip.
I haven't spent much time with Cade since I moved to Denver. He was living on the east coast for a while and both our trips back to California were pretty limited. We've both managed to make it to the same family events over the last year or so and it's been really nice getting to know him better as an adult. It turns out that we grew up to share some of the same politics (refreshing in my family, I'm not exactly in the majority at Thanksgiving) and he just seems to have grown into a very sweet and well rounded young man. Sarah, in the few times I've gotten to meet her, also seem very kind, smart and thoughtful. I'm glad these two found each other and that I was invited to attend their special day.
The other part that I loved about this wedding was how close Cade's siblings are. If you didn't already notice, this wedding was a bit of a cultural departure from what Cade's family might be used to. I'm sure that didn't happen without a bit of tension. And yet, it was so nice to see Cade's older brother stand as best man. To hear Cade encourage big bro when he got a little nervous during the toast. To hear his sisters joke about the fun time they'd had the night before because the whole family had rented an apartment together rather than getting separate hotels. The togetherness that weddings create gets me every time.
Oh! And the colors! The colors and the dress and the smiles on the newlyweds faces were all amazing.