This weekend I traveled to North Carolina for a family wedding. My mom has first cousins in North Carolina and one of their daughters got married. Even though the girl that got married is my second cousin because my mom is close to all her first cousins us kids remain pretty close as well. I come from a big Italian family. My grandma on my mom side is one of 8 siblings. Five of those siblings including my grandma moved to America with their children. Getting together for every holiday and party. Even though nowadays it isn’t the same when I was little because family expands and people move away. There is still a strong family connection. There is definitely fights and drama and not everybody necessarily likes each other but family is generally important to most of us and we have done such a good job of still being a strong family together.
This is generally why Weddings are so much fun for me. Sure, most girls love wedding because most girls are romantic and love the whole fairy tale aspect of it. While that has something to do with it. Finding your soulmate and having a happily ever after. Wearing a white dress and planning this beautiful wedding. What I really love about weddings is the family aspect of it. Especially with my big Italian family, weddings are a great excuse for the whole family together whether near or far. All of a sudden it doesn’t become just a one-day thing. It’s a whole weekend affair.
For example: This weekend we got their Thursday night and stayed by my mom’s cousin house. Then the next day was the rehearsal dinner which is usually reserved for just the imitate family and bridal party. Not in my family, since there are people from out of town basically the whole family is invited. We got to see family we haven’t seen in years and all finally be in one room. Then the next was the wedding which of course was fun. We are again all together. We all laughed, took pictures cried (happy tears) and danced together. The following day the bride’s parents (my mom’s cousin) had a BBQ at her house and all the family came over again. It’s a whole family affair with constant food, talking and catching up.
The thing I cherish most in my life is my family. Even though it can be complicated and full of drama at times. I am grateful for this big crazy family and it is always a great time when we all get-together.