YOUR CHILDHOOD FRIEND EMBRACES YOU AND LEAVES THE HINT OF LIPSTICK ON YOUR ARM AS YOUR LAUGH IN REALIZATION AND LET IT STAY.
remnants of a tired sun stretch over the room you grew up in as your mother closes in around you for one last hug and fluff of your dress.
your dance floor moves with grace and excitement, filling with the friends you stayed up late studying with, the neighbors who let you play in their yard and your parents who slow dance so closely that it reminds you of your dad coming home from work with flowers behind his back.
your dad stands to say a few words but most compose himself to not let anyone know that he's so sad to let his only child go to be taken care of by someone else but also so compassionate and filled with joy that they will be. it takes him a few moments, but he lets the tear run down his cheek and the words flow with grace, excitement and understanding.
your future spouse clasps their hands over their heart as they see you for the first time, having to close their eyes because they can't contain what they see before them.
your bridesmaid who stays along the perimeter of the room, not wanting to involve herself but instead witnessing your preparations of the day and soaking rather than interfering.
the material of your dress getting picked up by the fast moving wind that allows a break from the heat of the summer afternoon and pushes you two to embrace again.
a quiet moment on your dance floor amidst a chaos of moving to 90's hip hop.
the couple who has seen you both through hard times and good jumping with joy the moment after your pronouncement.
your mom and her sister sharing a piece of cake in the corner. quiet to them amidst loud music.
your wedding brings people together and pulls out feelings subdued and lingered. those who know you best come together to celebrate you both, to dance and laugh and exhale their blessings...