We kicked off the wedding week of one of my dearest friends with a lakeside shower in Tuscaloosa.
I was both anxious and nervous about seeing Tuscaloosa in its post-tornado state.
I'd seen so many pictures and heard so many accounts of the devastation, some straight from the bride, whose home was destroyed in the storm. I wanted to see it in person, and yet, I knew it would be awful.
And it was. It was really, horribly, sickeningly terrible to see whole neighborhoods leveled and only rubble left, where homes and businesses once stood. So many people's lives.
But there is beauty still.
The celebration continued that night with cocktails and dinner for the bride and groom.
We were up early for a fun morning of getting dolled-up together.