Thursday, September 5, 2013

Meet the Maids: Sarah

Happy Thursday! This week has really gotten away from me and I am NOT sad about it! Currently I am sitting at my favorite coffee shop, about to meet with the Event Coordinator at our church to talk wedding details. This weekend I am looking forward to my bridal shower, hosted by my sweet and fabulous Matron of Honor, Karissa. 

Today though I want to introduce you to my final bridesmaid, Sarah! Sarah recently married her hubby Matt and I traveled to Iowa to be a part of her special day and had such a wonderful time. I can't express how happy I am to have her stand up beside me on my special day, and am so looking forward to spending some more time with her. Her friendship is so important to me and when I think of a true, loyal friend I can't help but think about Sarah.

How did you meet the bride? I met the bride in 4th grade at Frontier Elementary School. I had moved to Idaho from Tennessee and was “the new girl” with a funny southern accent. Brittany wasn’t the least bit shy and did not hesitate to tell me the boys liked me because I was blonde and pretty. We hit it off right away! It wasn’t long after that we spent every weekend together and every day of our summers together!

Sarah getting her miles in 2011
What is your favorite memory with her? I am not sure where to even start with all of the memories we have shared! Should I go with summers at Roaring Springs Water Park, slumber parties all weekend long, calling boys on the phone and getting in trouble at school, playing Barbie’s in secret, cold winter weekends at the mall spending every dime we had, telling boys we were older than we really were, Brittany visiting me in Nashville and Puerto Rico, running 100 miles a month in 2011 even though we were 1500 miles apart, or Brittany coming to Iowa to be a personal attendant in my wedding? I would have to say I loved when we recorded the message on our answering machine the summer of 8th grade. Brittany was visiting my family and I in Nashville for a week when her mom was in Hawaii. There was a 5 hour time difference and we did not have cell phones those days! Brittany, my sister Katie, and I were so busy doing fun things every day that we kept missing the phone calls her mom (Paula) made to check on her! At the time “Austin” sung by my favorite Blake Shelton had just become popular on the radio. In the song the guy records on his answering machine what he is doing and where he is at and at the end of the recording it says, “And PS if this is Austin I still love you.” We decided to copy the song and record our on message on the answering machine for her. The three of us changed the words of the chorus around of the activities we were doing and said “And PS if this is PAULA we still love you” This song is still one of my favorites and I think of my bestie Brittany every time I hear it! I played it at my wedding for her and my sister Katie! We all remember every word forever!

What are you most looking forward to while planning and being in her wedding? First off, I am excited to actually get to Idaho! I am sad I can’t be around earlier to help with other things! But she knows I am always a phone call away. After all- I just got married a month ago and the planning is still fresh in my head. I am most looking forward to meeting Ronnie. He sounds like a great guy and I know how picky she can be and how she requires perfection. From everything I have heard-he sounds like her soul mate.

  Have you witnessed any “bridezilla” moments from the Bride yet? Brittany is on a strict time schedule! I planned my wedding in a year and 4 months and she is doing everything I did in just 4 months! I know it is going to get stressful. When she first got engaged she was coming to my wedding in Iowa a few days later. Every spare second she had off from helping at my wedding, she was working on hers! She had some stressful moments and decisions and I am sure she has a lot more ahead of her in the next few months! BUT a funny bridezilla moment I read on Facebook, was when she interrupted her brother’s family dinner to have little Nora try on the flower girl dress!

Brittany Cooper June 23 near Boise, ID
Had a mini-panic attack when I received Nora's flower girl dress in the mail today. To my eye, it looked like a baby sized dress, not a 4 year old girls dress. In true Bridezilla fashion, I drove straight to my brothers house and interrupted dinner to have Nora try it on, and it fit like a gem. Oops Drama queen? Not me! PS: My flower girl is real adorable in her dress. — with Vivian Allman.

Tell her readers one piece of marriage or relationship advice: When I got married my grandma kept telling me to “Put Matt first” and “Matt put Sarah first.” When you first enter a relationship you are very much independent and have your own interests. When you get together though, you must consider each other feelings and interests. It is so easy to be selfish and keep doing the things you have always done. You might want you both to hang out with YOUR friends or YOUR family or do the things that interest you. Your spouse comes before ANYTHING or ANYONE else. They come before friends, family, kids, your hobbies and interests. Don’t let anything or anyone get in the way of the most important relationship you have.
There you  have it! I just love this girl to the moon and back and can't wait to see her in a few short weeks. Honestly, I have been blessed by some AMAZING girlfriends. Some here in Idaho, and some all across the United States that are just as important and dear to me. It wasn't easy only picking four bridesmaids, but these girls are girls I couldn't imagine saying I Do without them by my side. 

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