Matt told me he was going to take very good care of me today. He and my dad left really early to go get ready with TJ. My mom and I had breakfast and then we got ready too.
As soon as we got to the church, I started to recognize a lot of people that I knew. Everybody was telling me they liked my dress.
I was so happy when I saw my Grandma & Grandpa Hillick.
They were sitting with my new little cousin. Her name is Alana.
I am so glad my Grandma was able to make it. She has been very sick. Tim Vereb is her great-nephew. He is Alana's dad. His wife is so fun. Her name is Jen.
All of a sudden this woman came over and was hugging my dad. He introduced me to Mrs. Young. He has known her since he was a little boy.
Now we are patiently waiting for the wedding to begin.
It's time!! Matt looks so handsome. He told me I am beautiful.
He is a very good escort.
Look at all the cameras taking our picture. I feel like a celebrity.
Just like they practiced last night. TJ and Julie look so happy. And that makes me happy.
The wedding is over. Time to walk back down the aisle. Matt is there waiting for me.
That was really nice. I liked the ceremony very much.
Grandpa told me he was so proud of me. I did a really good job of being a bridesmaid.
Now it is time to go outside. My mom and I both wore blue. TJ and Julie are coming out soon and we are going to blow bubbles when they do.
My mom's friend Catherine was waiting for us under the tree. She knows I need shade.
Time for a family photo. This will be really special for a very long time.
And now all the wedding party. Christy let me stand next to Julie.
Everybody is heading to the reception site. All the bridesmaids and groomsmen are in that bus. Not me though because it would be a little hard for me to breath. So my mom is following as close as she can in her car.
We stopped at this barn for some pictures.
So we did. How do you like my pose?
I really like this one.
Time for the guys to get their pictures taken. So I decided to stand under this tree for some shade.
Then all the women came over with me.
It's time for all of us to have some pictures taken.
We are all lined up in front of the barn.
Oh this is really nice.
Ahh...just my brothers and me with my new sister.
Ahh just me.
Finally, it was time to go. Matt came to help me get back to the car. I was having a little trouble breathing and I was getting really tired.
My mom had a surprise for me. We had a room at the reception site.
I was pretending I was like the rich and famous wearing this robe.
Then I took a little nap while I had a breathing treatment.
All of a sudden I heard, "Wake up dollface!" LOL! I knew it. My friends Lisa and Stacy were here. They came up to help me get ready because they needed me downstairs for pictures.
Here we are looking our finest.
Time for a little relaxing.
My brother...the groom.
The whole family.
Our Florida family.
My daddio is always taking care of me.
Are you ready...
Introducing Sarah Ely sister of the groom being escorted by Matt Ely brother of the groom.
All night long my baby brother took such good care of me.
Grandpa came over to see how I was doing. He said he was proud of me.
My friend Lisa. The one who always calls me dollface.
Oh my gosh, now what could we be doing with this suitcase?
We asked for some helpers to unpack it.
It is the quilt I made for TJ and Julie.
All the people have signed a block with a special message to the bride & groom.
I think TJ is trying to read it. I think they were surprised.
Julie said "Thank you Sarah."
Then I made a little speech too. I shared with everyone that I love Julie and TJ. And then I cried.
This is Victoria. She is my new little friend. She is Julie's cousin.
OK everybody look out and don't try to stop me. I am going to change my clothes. I have had enough of this dress.
I am giving my Grandma a hug because it is time for her to leave. My Grandpa is going to take her home now.
Ok baby!! Let's dance.
They are playing some of my favorite rap songs.
Even TJ is dancing. Now that is a first.
Oh brother. What is he doing? Oh the garter.
Me and Victoria are getting down. We dance really good together.
And then came TJ. OMG this is my most favorite picture of all. We are having such a good time. Well that is it. The party lasted a long time. I was so tired my mom had to carry me up the stairs to go to sleep. Best Wishes Big Brother and New Sister!