As most of you know, last Saturday, July 31, 2010, my little brother got married. As a result of these nuptials, I am now officially the sister in-law of one Ashley Kipping Smith of Tennessee. I am hoping that most of you have had the chance to meet her, because once you do, you will surely become a fan. Ashley is more than just a darling in-law, she is a wonderful friend, an incredibly smart aspiring corporate executive, and one of the most hilarious people I have ever known.
Watching Miss Kipping become Mrs. Smith was one of the best moments of my life, and I had a front row seat. My cousin Jason officiated the wedding. I was the maid of honor, and Ashley's brother was the best man. Of course, Curtis Smith was the groom. The walk down the aisle was extremely emotional. I stared right at little Curtis the whole way and almost lost it. I held it together and took my place at the top of the steps at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum. Then it was Miss Kipping's turn. Then I lost all composure and cried like a baby till she reached us and I realized I would ruin all her pictures if I didn't dry those eyes.
During his vows my brother had Jason and me so tickled I couldn't hold it in. Of course, I let out a huge snort for all of the wedding party to enjoy. I think Jason should win an Oscar for keeping it together. After about 15 minutes of laughing, crying, and I do's, Miss Kipping and Mr. Smith, became Mr. and Mrs.
The nuptials were followed by the most amazing wedding reception Oklahoma City has ever seen. I won't go into all the details, but like the rehearsal dinner and after party the night before, there was way too much drinking and dancing had by all (including three generations of Engelbrechts and Smiths ranging in age from 8 to 95). I say this with certainty, it was one of the best weekends of my life, and all because of my new sister Mrs. Ashley Kipping Smith. What a beautiful addition to our family. I love you :)
PS Curtis, you don't read this blog, but I love you too.
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