Hello Everyone! Happy Tying the Knot Tuesday!
This week I am excited to introduce two of my bridesmaids to all of you. My cousin Alyssa and my girlie Katie! But before I do, I thought I would give a little background about each of them. Also, since I have ben so horrible at updating I am going to be introducing my bridesmaids in duos from now on! So introducing this amazing duo.
First my cousin Alyssa is the daughter of my mother’s sister Suzanne. My mom’s side of the family is the Sullivan clan. My mom and her two siblings, Suzanne and Kirk, were born by only children and thus grew up with no aunts, uncles, or cousins of their own. My grandfather was also in the Navy so they grew up constantly moving around the world. All to say, my mom’s family grew up extremely close. So when it finally came time for them to settle down with their own families, it is no coincidence that they all moved to the same city and haven’t moved since. And because my cousins and I have all grown up together, I have always thought of them as more like siblings than cousins. I swear you couldn’t go to school in Irvine during this time without knowing at least one of us. And it’s thanks to our close family that I actually met my future husband. Thanks Connor!
We grew up with annual ski trips, St. Patty’s day celebrations, Christmas Cookie parties, Hawaiian vacays, Emerald Bay 4th of Julys, USC in our blood and Disney in our hearts. It is the fault of my family that I could never imagine leaving Southern California because I can never imagine being far from any of them! It is a constant joke amongst the people who have married into our family, that you better get used to everyone knowing your business and being “adopted.” There are no other people I’d rather share my happy news with and no other people I would rather cry with. They are my people and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
And then there is Katie! As she will more eloquently explain, we can’t exactly pinpoint the moment we met. Katie is honestly one of the most positive, vivacious spirits. She is my little bohemian fairy and I love her for that. There is no one quite like her and that’s what makes her so special! It honestly couldn’t be more fitting that she is Tinker Bell at Disneyland. In college, I had so much fun watching her go through recruitment. As someone who rushed her, she was definitely the person I wanted to join DG the most. And I am so glad she did! It was such a rewarding experience to see someone from my childhood running towards me on Bid Day. It was pretty surreal.
In college, she and I became incredibly close and I love to think I took her under my wing. She and I had so much fun at every single event we went to. Every invite we would always make sure to find each other for a dance. And no matter what the event, I could always count on her to come along for the ride. During my Senior Week in college, Katie honestly made me feel so loved and special, and I will never forget that! Now my little honey has graduated college and is out in the “real world.” As an aspiring actress, I have all the faith in the world that this one is going to make it in lalaland. If I had to put my money on anyone winning an Oscar. It is her! She is so talented and dedicated.
How did you meet Hayley?
Alyssa: I met Hayley not too long after she was born, I was two and the Pattons brought our family’s Georgia Peach to California for the first time.
Katie: This is a question I don’t think we’ve ever been able to figure out. I was best friend’s with Hayley’s younger cousin, Kyle, in preschool and we probably met at some family party soon after since we all live in the same neighborhood. Our first photographic evidence of friendship, however, is from what we believe to be a big/little ceremony in Girl Scouts. But one of the coolest things about Hayley growing up was how her and her cousin, Caitlin would occasionally leave bags of their old clothes on my front doorstep when they out grew them. I remember coming home from school and finding those bags and being so excited to rock the world’s two coolest people’s old bejeweled denim jeans.
What is one of your favorite memories with Hayley?
Alyssa: There are just way too many! I love our family vacations together, from our ski trips at June Mountain and Park City, to running around Disneyworld, to cruising the Mediterranean, to our spa getaways at the Beverly Hills Hotel. However, I will always love when Hayley asked everyone at one Thanksgiving what their patronus was and tested everyone who didn’t already know.
Katie: Definitely DG recruitment and Bid Night! For anyone who doesn’t know, sorority recruitment is a whirlwind of emotions. All of the houses were so beautiful, but Hayley made sure DG felt like home. It was years since we had talked, but in that moment I knew this house was where I wanted to spend my next four years, and I knew this girl was really a friend for life.
What are you most looking forward to for the wedding?
Alyssa: I am most looking forward to the dancing at the wedding. With Hayley and Calvin it’s guaranteed to be full of joy, fun, and spontaneous outbreaks of dancing and so I’m most looking forward to celebrating their love and Calvin officially joining the family in the most Hayley appropriate way!
Katie: I can’t wait to see Hayley in her JAW DROPPING dress, but you know I’ll be keeping my eye on Calvin to see his face when he sees her for the first time. I’m hoping for a tear!
What song do you want to hear at the wedding?
Alyssa: The Cha Cha Slide is a classic and linedancing is underrated!
Katie: Let’s go with a classic – Dancing Queen by ABBA. That wedding ain’t got nothin’ on The Clark’s!
Love always, and see you next #TyingtheKnotTuesday