To my lovely wonderful kind hysterically funny about-to-be-married Jillian -
Today is your wedding day. You've dreamed about this day for your entire life. And while I so wish I could be there to see you walk down the aisle, say your wedding vows, see your first dance with Patrick and watch your special day unfold, I sadly will be there in spirit only.
From my own experience, this day will fly by. You will be the center of attention from sunup to sundown and even later than that. Enjoy it. Bask in all the love and attention and good wishes. Don't forget to eat. I'll say that again...don't forget to eat. Lots of wedding toasts + no food in the tummy = uh oh.
Live in each moment. It might be hard, but try. Not only are you thrilled to see all your friends and guests, but they are also thrilled and excited to see you. You will get hugged more this day than any other day of your life. Hugs are never a bad thing and even more special on your wedding day, so savor each and every one of them.
Your first dance with your beloved Dad will be awesome & amazing. You two are so close, you are his only little girl (no matter how old you are, you are always your Dad's little girl) and I'm already tearing up thinking how special that dance will be and how you'll treasure it for the rest of your life.
You are a beautiful and loyal friend and Patrick is getting the best possible wife and life-partner ever. In sad times and happy times and trying times, you will be there for him, as you've been there for all your friends...especially for me!
Have a happy, wonderful wedding of a lifetime today, Jillian!