Our guest blog this week comes from Whitney Hoover, who is Meredith’s best friend. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Whitney loves nothing more than experimenting in her kitchen. When not perusing a farmers market or behind a stove, she is usually enjoying the great outdoors whether hiking, reading, jogging or training for an upcoming triathlon. Read her blog, ‘Nursing My Appetite,’ to learn more about how she navigates through her culinary adventures as well as the rest of her life… with a happy heart!
Note from the editor: Whitney served as the maid of honor at Meredith’s wedding that took place in Beverly Hills, Calif., on April 23rd. Today, Whitney is sharing some of her most cherished memories from the celebrations. From the engagement party to the Big Day, take a walk with Whitney down memory lane…
The Engagement Party:
The engagement party was such a fun night because it was the first time that family and friends of both Meredith and Denison had a chance to all come together. I had a ton of fun planning it with some of Meredith’s closest girlfriends, and seeing all of our ideas come to fruition – and seeing Meredith and Denison’s faces when they arrived – was just the best. I’d already had a chance to meet Denison’s sister Erica (whom I have come to absolutely love), but it wasn’t until the weekend of the engagement party that I met his parents… which was undoubtedly one of the most special parts of the evening.
The Bridal Shower:
Meredith was lucky enough to have not one, but two gorgeous bridal showers! I was able to attend the one in the Bay Area, which was hosted by the lovely Laura Nathan. In addition to the conversation, laughter and games, I’d have to say my favorite part was hearing everyone share their favorite things about Meredith, from memories together to the beautiful qualities she brings to life in her relationships. It was also fun to see Mere’s reaction to the giant gold glitter that wrapped my gift (because who doesn’t love anything covered in gold glitter?!). Shout out to Paper Source for the awesome wrapping paper. 🙂
The Hatchelorette Party:
For The Hatchelorette, we headed to Palm Springs and somehow lucked out with renting Sonny & Cher’s vacation home – which was all kinds of awesome. The weather cooperated and the weekend was filled with laughs, dancing and great conversation, but what made this weekend so special for me was the women whom I shared it with. Meredith has an incredible group of girlfriends who are hilarious, bright, kind, genuine, creative, thoughtful and a ton of fun to be around. Of course, this is a true testament to Meredith as a person, sister and friend. I had the time of my life celebrating with everyone!
The Rehearsal Day:
In the year (plus) leading up to the wedding, Meredith and I shared countless conversations, text messages and emails regarding all of the planning and coordination (not to mention elbow grease) that went into bringing it all together. However, it didn’t really become real until we lined up and rehearsed the ceremony. Standing next to my best friend as we ran through everything for her wedding the next day was surreal. One of my favorite parts of the day was how it ended. Meredith had asked her sister Kendra and I to spend the night with her, and Mere wanted to do 100 sit-ups before the big day (something she’d been doing nightly for awhile). 100 sit-ups soon turned into 300, and I will always remember the groaning and giggles that accompanied the late-night workout.
The Big Day:
The day kicked off on such a fun and happy note when, bright and early at 6am, Kendra and I woke Meredith up by tossing tissue paper confetti at her and yelling: “IT’S YOUR WEDDING DAY!” The rest of the day was filled with so much love and joy that it’s impossible to pick a favorite moment, but I will always remember the fun of getting ready with the girls in our darling matching PJs (a surprise gift from Meredith), seeing Meredith looking absolutely radiant in her wedding dress and beaming as she prepared to see her groom for the first time that day, tearing up the dance floor at the reception, and being filled with joy and gratitude as I stood next to my best friend and soul sister as she exchanged vows with the man of her dreams reality.