We all know that the relationships which we form at Meredith College hold a special place in our hearts. We’ve also seen the gallery of wedding photos on the blog and it undoubtedly brings a smile to our faces because we know that the Meredith bond is something only we can understand. You just have to experience it.
We recently received a photo submission from a 2012 alumna that we wanted to share with you all. It’s such a sweet story and we hope that you will enjoy!
On the first nerve-racking night of college, after the hours of move-in and the first hall meeting of Heilman’s second floor, I found myself in a moment of history. There sat the women, the Meredith College Girls that would be with me through it all. In that circle on my suitemate’s fuzzy pink rug, I met my best friends. Little did we know, Whitney Windsor, Christa Key, Abigail Tester, Becca Yow, and I were in for a four-year-long ride.
And it was the ride of my life. Together, we ‘experienced it.’ We shared the traditions of semi-formals and formals, Fire and Water, Charming Evening, Ring Dinner, Twelfth Night, Class Days, Cornhuskin’, Stunt, and more. Our little circle has celebrated new beginnings and banned together in times of loss and disappointment. Our friendship has had its fair share of profound moments, but it’s the ordinary moments that are the bread and butter of a sisterhood. Like spying on each other’s first dates, weekly must-see episodes of One Tree Hill, creating the ‘Young Whoadies’, late night trips to Cook Out, and producing our own music videos.
It was during one of these ordinary moments that the idea was born. As we sat around talking about boys we’d like to be our boyfriends and boyfriends we hoped would be more, the girls and I decided that we wanted to have something small to share for our walks down the aisle. But I guess decided isn’t the right word, because it wasn’t decided at all. We didn’t know what it would be, where it would go, who would have it first, or even who she would be walking towards. The idea stuck, nonetheless, and was tucked away with our ordinary, bread and butter moments until one of those profound moments brought it back to the surface.
And that profound moment was my bridal luncheon. Where I’d gathered all my favorite women to celebrate them, they once again reminded me just how amazing they are. The girls surprised me with a card and a box, and as I peeled away the gift wrap and peaked inside, I discovered a sweet heart-shaped charm engraved with MC ’12 coupled with an adorable little ring. I could not have imagined a more perfect gift, and on my wedding day, it charmed my bouquet in every sense of the word. The doors opened, I clenched my bouquet tight, and carried the love and support of my sisters along for the ride down the aisle. And now a newlywed typing away in my living room, I am honored to keep our little treasure safe and sound until it’s time to pass it on to another blushing bride.
-Elizabeth Alexander Green, ’12
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