Running of the Brides

Friday I went down to the Running of the Brides at Filene's Basement to promote my wedding photography. For those of you wondering, the Running of the Brides is an event held once a year by every Filene's in the country. It is crazy. (See video below for proof). They basically get their hands on around 2,000 wedding gowns, all of which are designer gowns, and they sell them for $250, $500 or $750. Thus, if you're lucky enough to get your hands on one, you won't spend over $750 for it. Oh, did I mention that these gowns were originally worth up to $10,000?
Well, last year when I was planning my wedding, I happened to go to this sale. It was a night I'll never forget. We got there at 9:00PM the night before. We made team shirts that said "Team M&M" (for Meagan and Matt) and I had ten people on my team. Between running my best friend to Kroger to satisfy her pregnancy food cravings (Pepper jack cheese, doughnuts, and shrimp-anyone?) and my brother and his roommate's entertaining humor, it was easily one of my favorite memories of the wedding planning experience. Needless to say, we rocked it out and I did find my dress there.
Returning to the event (on my 6 month anniversary, I might add) was nostalgic and wonderful. It was great meeting brides and seeing how enthused they were about planning their special day to ultimately marry their perfect match. Towards the end, I found myself wondering if I would go back and relive if I could. Just to enjoy feeling all that excitement and enthusiasm. Well, as much fun as it was, I really love where I am now. I love that I have someone to sit beside me and judge the contestants on American Idol. I love that I have someone to help me untangle my jewelry. I love being around my best friend all the time. I love being married.
So, brides, be present in these planning moments. Soak up every second of preparation both for the day and for your life together. Enjoy the precious time with moms, best friends, brothers, sisters, and new soon-to-be family. But don't worry when the big day approaches and passes. Marriage is so much better.