My sister-in-law Kaitlyn is getting married in May and she’s really lucky because I’m so good at wedding planning.

Like with themes. I think I’m pretty talented at choosing a theme that will tie an event together, and leave the guests thinking “whoa, that was unforgettable.”

For instance, for Kaitlyn’s wedding, I had an “Aha!” moment about a really striking theme: St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not sure what made me think of it… it just kinda “came to me” out of nowhere. When I told Kaitlyn I thought she should do a St Patrick’s day theme for the wedding everyone was in an uproar, and I think it’s because people were so excited by this idea. But Kaitlyn–who PS is of Irish descent and whose name is Kaitlyn Shea (formerly O’Shea) which is about the most Irish name you could ever imagine, and who has freckles and very fair skin–was like “I don’t think a St. Patrick theme is going to work. My wedding’s in May.”

Whatever.

I said, “you’re being too particular” but then she viciously Z-snapped me and said, “It’s my wedding.”

Fine. Do what you want, Kaitlyn. But if you don’t do it, you probably can’t work Lucky Charms into the event anywhere. Just sayin’.

She did concede that it was a good idea to have me help with choosing the cake.

I take this kind of thing very seriously.

I have an especially well-trained palate, most especially when it comes to anything lard-based. Or anything made primarily with sugar and fat.

I worked hard. It got a little intense.

Things started out relatively chill.
 
But then shiz got REAL.

And then I got ridiculous, and started using the frosting kind of like war-paint.
It was at about this point that a Hazmat team consisting of Wife and Kaitlyn came in and cleaned me up. There was a lot of yelling about “we all were supposed to try the cakes!” and “the bride should have final say in her own wedding cake, not the brother-in-law!” but the details are hazy because it was so traumatic.

Final verdict? I liked the cake with frosting.

Finally, I also offered to create a wedding invitation for Kaitlyn and Blake. There are a couple of samples I worked up, but she decided to go with a professional. She said that she really liked them though, and I have the feeling that she’s planning something special with them. Like maybe some kind of mural as you walk into the reception. I don’t know, I don’t wanna jinx anything. (crosses fingers)

Here they are:

I couldn’t get the picture in because I forgot to start with it. But you can paste it in with actual paste, and it’s no problem.
Sometimes when I finish editing a picture, I actually give myself chills.
 

Shhhh! Don’t tell Kaitlyn, but for an early wedding present, I’ve already started sending these off to people on her address list! How surprised will she be when she’s like “It’s time to send out my wedding invitations…” and I’m like “Actually, NO IT ISN’T! I already sent them for you! SURPRISE!!!!”

I think I feel a St. Patrick’s day hug coming on…

Peace, St. Patty’s style.