For those of you who have been there, we actually were not inside the cafe--they placed us in (I think Katie called it) the mushroom house (?).
Let me clear something up so that the story telling is easier: Sarah is a twin. Her twin sister is Megan. Megan and Sarah have a little sister. The little sister is Katie. The three of them are often mistaken for triplets.
The five of us did everything together. You know how everyone talks about middle school and high school? "Oh, it's so awful: The girls are so catty and the boys are such animals. What an awful time." I can't relate. In our little bubble, the potential worst of these years just slid right by us. People left us alone because we were nice. You need someone to talk to in math class because you don't know anyone? Go sit with Erin--she'll be nice to you. You need someone to team up with in gym class? Go over with Megan--she'll team up with you. You're scared to try out for the musical? Show up with Ama--she'll give you a pep talk. You forgot your vocab flash cards? Go study with Sarah--she'll share. You need a laugh? Go sit with Yours Truly--she'll bitch and moan for thirty minutes about math class, the musical, vocab tests, and the stupid pointlessness of gym class. I don't care what anybody does or does not remember from those years: We were the nice girls.
The family kept crediting Katie with all of the amazing details that made the party so pretty: The fancy cocktails in the gorgeous bottles; the beautiful place settings; the big tissue paper pom-poms; the flower cupcakes (which Katie baked); the idea of Terrain itself.
Sarah's family put together huge poster boards of family photographs. Looking at them, I did think to myself, "Ok: I guess our twenties really are nearly over."
|The bride has a quiet, existential moment.|
|With Ama and Erin|
The meal started with those gorgeous cheese trays that Joan and I love so much:
We all ordered from the brunch menu, and Katie played a trivia game with Sarah after they cleared away the dishes. You know the game: "How well do you know the groom?!" Sarah solidly passed the test.
|Katie would let Sarah know when she was on the wrong track ...|
|The question about the groom's favorite car was especially challenging.|
Katie also asked everyone to bring a stem of her favorite flower. At the shower, Sarah was presented with the biggest Tiffany box I've ever seen (a thrill in itself) and a gorgeous container for the stems.
Jeff joined Sarah to open all of the presents.
|Apparently, there is an inside joke about ducks.|
|Erin made the big ribbon hat for Sarah like she did for me.|
|The gorgeous favors ... I forgot to take one. I was so angry at myself later. Who doesn't love a favor?|
|Megan, Meri, Ama, Sarah, me, Katie. Jess, I think you should have one of those elephants.|
|With the groom|
What a beautiful day! Congratulations, Sarah! September 15 will be here before you know it ...