Sunday, October 30, 2011

Oh My, Where to Start??

 Rest assured life has been happening at an alarming rate around here.  Though not so much blog action, to be sure.  I think we will have to work backwards from last night.  Yesterday, I got to remove the 'Almost' from my Almost-Sister-In-Law's title.  Finally, finally my brother, Kurt, and his dearest Christina, got married.

We were lucky enough to be part of the festivities.  All of us.  1 Groomsman, 1 Bridesmaid, and 3 adorable little flower girls.  Since we were part of the wedding party I do not have pics of everything but when I do, I will be sure to post.

It's funny how a wedding day is planned to be 'perfect' and yet the imperfections are the things that make it so memorable.   For example...Turns out that getting an entire family with 3 small kids wedding ceremony ready requires more than 3 hours to not feel crazy.  Note to self for next time:)  And that 2 stylists at a salon is not enough to get a Bridal Party ready even if you plan 3 hours for them.  So when the salon is an hour behind, that means the limo is also late getting the guys and they will have to, at the last minute, drive themselves from point A to point B, arriving at the church when the wedding is supposed to be starting.  Which means the bulletins will be handed out by some of the bridesmaids instead of the ushers.  And that an hour before the ceremony, Christina found out that the airline that was to take them on their honeymoon the following day to Australia and Fiji, has cancelled ALL flights due to labor strikes.  And during the ceremony, the 2 yr. old flower girl takes a facial on the stairs(while wandering about the front of the church), not too bad though and she managed to hold back the tears which was most impressive.

Now to the things that did go perfect.  The ceremony was lovely.  Two 'I Do's were said at the correct moment.  Petals were thrown by flower girls with gusto.  A cool sand ceremony with my brother and his kids,Tia, my Mom and Tia's Mom all alternately pouring sand into a glass jar went smoothly.  Pictures were taken with everyone smiling.   Bubbles were blown.  A bridal party ride on the Mall Carousel happened without incident and with 3 VERY happy flower girls.  Outdoor pics were taken while hudled around the outdoor heater and throwing coats and shawls to a 'coat holder' at the last minute.  Golf carts were driven without accident.

Kid-favors placed at tables led to many happy, silly moments.(seriously, they really went out of their way to make sure everyone, the big and the small, had a great time).

Dinner was absolutely delicious(I mean so far above standard wedding fare I can't even begin).  A power nap was taken at dinner by a certain 2yr old.

 The most fantastic 1st dance was followed by the best family dance with the Bride and Groom and the 4 kids to a collage of very cool songs that I'm hoping to post via youtube once I can find someone who was smart enough to video it.

Cake was cut and not smooshed.  Cupcakes and chocolates were a plenty.

 And there was dancing, dancing and more dancing!

 Including Adalyn's own unique moves.

 Adalyn was too busy dancing to pose for a family shot.
 All in all, it went by wayy too fast.  Not enough pictures by half!
But so happy for my brother and his Beloved.  Wishing them a lifetime of happiness, health, and love.