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My Maid of Honor: A Natural Choice

Dec 17, 2012 10:28PM ● Published by Anonymous

However, the easiest decision I made besides saying “YES,” was selecting the ladies I wanted to join me on the alter as my half of the bridal party. Over the next few blogs I will introduce you all to my Maid of Honor, Jill, and Bridesmaids, Chelsea, Becky, Nikki, Mary and Katie. Yes, I have six ladies and Travis will have six guys standing behind him—which apparently is not a lot. The average wedding party includes five attendants on each side; however, the world record for the largest wedding party was 79 bridesmaids and 47 groomsmen. WOAH! Can you imagine personalized gifts for each?!

I met my Maid of Honor, Jill, in 2010. At that time, I was working for the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections as an Election Clerk. I was responsible for hiring the 3500 election judges that served the polls on Election Day. Jill was hired on as one of our Election Judge Trainers. It makes me giggle to know that she was intimidated by me upon first impression because I was one of her bosses. Over the following months, we got to know each other, and came to find out that she was a sorority sister of my childhood best friend, Laura. Small world!

By the end of the primary election of 2010, Jill shared my cubicle. Outside of work, she was looking for a new place to live, and I put her in contact with my now mother-in-law, who was renting a room in her house, where I also spent much of my time on the weekends. When she moved in, we essentially became roommates both in the office and on the weekends. We spent many nights laughing, going out to Griffin’s Grill, checking out new restaurants, and creating memories to last a lifetime. One of my favorite memories was last Thanksgiving; we spent the holiday weekend together enjoying margaritas, watching the movie Grownups, and starting a new tradition of making gingerbread trains, while Travis and his family were in North Carolina. It was so much fun!  

In the short amount of time that I have known her, I don’t think there has ever been a time when she wasn’t there if I needed her. She is a great listener, a great shoulder to cry on, a good cook, always ready for a late night run to Taco Bell, drinking margaritas on the deck, or watching Lifetime movies.

When Travis popped the question, I knew right away that I wanted to ask Jill to be my maid of honor. And when I asked her, of course she said yes—I could already see all the planning of events and speech writing in her eyes…Whether that’s a good thing or not, we shall see.

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