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All in the Family

Posted: Friday, Apr. 19, 2013

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Ashleigh has been living in Charlotte since 2008 with her oversized yellow lab. She is a communications professional, grad student, runner, and lover of all things wedding! After attending 13 weddings in three years, it's now Ashleigh's turn to be at the altar. Join her as she blogs about her adventures in step-by-step wedding planning and tips for other brides-to-be!

My brother and his wife threw us an engagement party with our friends and family in Charlotte (of course our parents too even though they don’t live here!). It was an awesome night that left us feeling very lucky and very loved. Having so many of our friends and family members in one spot was an incredible feeling – I can’t wait until our wedding!

My brother gave a toast to us towards the end of the evening and he said, "She's the best sister I've ever had." I'm also the only one, but back at ya, Bro. Seriously though, our relationship has continued to get stronger over the years and I know he is there for me 100%. We both migrated to Charlotte after our undergraduate graduations and even work for the same company!

Now, I know, most little girls plan for their Dad to walk them down the aisle, but I don't have that relationship with my father. I have never had that relationship with my father and it didn’t make sense to me to ask him to do something that didn’t seem “real” to me. So, while we were hanging out by the fire pit at the engagement party, I asked my big brother if he would do the honors of giving me away.

AND HE SAID YES! So both of our favorite siblings have major parts in our big day and we couldn’t be more excited. My heart smiles over the fact that we both have such good relationships with each other’s siblings. It’s really nice having family members that are also friends.

I’m very excited for the special, once-in-a-lifetime moment of my brother walking me down the aisle. And I imagine him walking me towards my future husband will give us another picture like the one attached from 1997, to cherish forever...

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