We Got Married and There Was a Flash Mob.

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We got married in August in a barn in Wisconsin. It was a perfect day — the weather, the dress, the groom, the ceremony, the Winnie the Pooh readings, the cocktail hour, the friends and family, the barn, the music, the food, the drinks, the first dance. Everything. And then there was a surprise flash mob. And it got even better.

It’s always been my dream to be in a flash mob, but having a flash mob thrown FOR you is a hundred times better. Just watch it right now and maybe you’ll have an inkling as to how I felt. First it was a few members of the wedding party, then it was the whole wedding party, then it was my college friends, my cousins, my high school friends, my friend’s parents, and finally MY parents. There were probably 50 to 60 people who joined in on this dance.

How do you organize a flash mob? My bridesmaid Jody choreographed the whole thing — big, easy movements! — then recorded herself on Vimeo performing the dance and breaking it down for the guests. The secret link was then distributed to the wedding party who were each in charge of passing it along to respective friends and family members in hopes of reaching all 200 guests. Then some bridesmaids and groomsmen reached out to our DJ through some super sleuthing and gave him a heads up. Our wedding party had no idea how many people would jump in once the music started. They were hoping for 20.

The flash mob was the perfect example of what really matters on your wedding day — celebrating love with friends and family. That was the biggest display of love I’ve ever seen in person and I bawled my eyes out — and laughed — throughout the whole thing. It was such a special night.

Here are more wedding pictures from our photographer’s blog if you’d like to see them.

Aubre Andrus is a freelance writer in Chicago who specializes in copywriting, blogging, reporting, and social media consulting. View her website and portfolio at www.aubreandrus.com or find her on Twitter @aubreandrus.

The Best of AG Issue: I Styled the Cover!

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I’ve been styling a lot of covers for American Girl lately but I was extremely lucky to be a part of this cover contest photo shoot. Girls from all over the country wrote in stories of their friendship for a chance to win the big prize — the cover of American Girl magazine. All of the stories were amazing but something about these girls stuck out. I don’t want to summarize it here because I won’t do it justice. But it was a tragic story that ended with happiness and a friendship that was stronger than ever.

At one point during the shoot, they were having so much fun together. It made me want to tear up. Friendship is so important, especially at that age. I was really happy the girls had each other. When they are adults I hope they look back at these photos and remember how they were feeling in that moment. There was a lot of love in the studio that day.

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It was easy to dress these girls. We had racks of bright and sparkly clothing and these two girls rocked them all. Although they were not professional models, hamming it up for the camera was second nature to them. The photos were insane. You know you have a good shoot when the feature ends up with a photo collage instead of just one big one!

The issue is on stands through January 2014. Pick up a copy to read Isabel and Emma’s story!

All images copyright of Mattel. 

Aubre Andrus is a freelance writer in Chicago who specializes in copywriting, blogging, reporting, and social media consulting. View her website and portfolio at www.aubreandrus.com or find her on Twitter @aubreandrus.