Most of you know that I am a big family guy. Having lived in a different state from my parents and siblings since I was 18, you learn to appreciate them more. This appreciation grew even greater a couple years ago when the distance between us went from just a “different state” to a “different coast.”
Needless to say, I was beyond thrilled to welcome my family to Myrtle Beach for our wedding week. Loved ones would trickle in throughout those days. It all started when my parents and brother landed here in town on Monday morning and ended when my aunt and cousin drove in during the middle of the night on Friday after landing in Charleston.
My parents rented a big condo in a popular area of Myrtle Beach. Well, it seemed big on Monday. The three bedroom unit was spacious at the start of the week but by the time Friday rolled around, my parents and brother had welcomed several other people into their quarters. At its peak occupancy over the weekend, the condo had 11 people sleeping under the roof.
And it was so awesome.
The place was stocked with food and drinks. A cozy patio provided a great gathering place with a perfect view. Couches and chairs provided plenty of seating inside. The condo owner had the place decorated in a way that gave it a nice beach feel. Speaking of the beach, it was just five minutes away. So was our house, Broadway at the Beach, and the church we got married at.
However, the amenities and location wasn’t the big reason why it was so spectacular. Rather, it was because we were all together. Like I said, 11 people slept there. Combine that with Sidney and I plus other visitors and that place was rocking. We watched the NBA Finals, played Phase 10, enjoyed drinks, and just hung out. It was the Reser Family Headquarters and we loved it.
Of course it wasn’t just about one family. When the condo was empty, it was because the Resers and the Mathis clan were hanging out together. On Thursday night, Sidney’s sisters hosted a big picnic dinner. Chicken bog was served, corn hole was played, and a beautiful South Carolina evening was enjoyed. Our two families got to know each other and everyone was able to put names to faces. The same thing happened the next night with the rehearsal dinner. By the wedding and the reception, relationships were made and the fact that the two families would forever be connected was appreciated and embraced.
So many memories were made over the week and weekend. Whenever I drive by the Myrtlewood condo area, I will always remember the fabulous time we all had. Whenever I am in the backyard of Sidney’s sister, I will always have a glimpse in my head of when it was filled with a bunch of different people celebrating the start of our marriage.
Thank you to Miranda, Jay, Zella, Mikayla, Glen, Ashley, Nancy, Abby, Cody, and of course my parents for making that condo experience so much fun. Also, thanks to Sidney, Kenny, Barb, and Denny for taking time to stop by and add even more joy within those walls. The #SidAndBrent wedding would not have been so sweet without the support and enthusiasm of our families and friends. We are blessed. Don’t Blink.