Since I had a workday on Friday, I packed my bags the night before. Jesse got everything else ready and we were on the road by 2 p.m. The wedding was held at a winery that also had several cabins on site. The bride's parents generously allowed us to stay in their cabin. We had our own bathroom and spacious bedroom. I was curious how Jackson would sleep since he's never slept in a pack-n-play. Though it took a while for him to settle down, Jackson slept peacefully the entire night.
The only thing I would have changed about the weekend was waking up every hour to these guys staring down at me:
The bridesmaids were kept very busy throughout the weekend! Friday night's agenda included the rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, ice cream social for out-of-town guests, and bachelorette bonfire. Saturday's itinerary included getting a manicure and pedicure, bridal luncheon (yummy salmon BLT), and getting ready (hair, make-up, dress) before the photographer arrived. The photographer had us doing some interesting poses such as sitting on the ground, jumping in the air, playing tug-of-war with the groomsmen, and carrying the groom.
The outdoor wedding ceremony was simple and beautiful. I tried to get a nice family photo at the reception but I waited to late. My feet aching required flip flops and Jackson's exhaustion eliminated his smiles.
My favorite part of the reception was the father-daughter dance. They danced to Heartland's I Loved Her First. It was so very sweet!
Both the bride and groom were such great hosts and didn't show the slightest level of stress. Everyone seemed to have a genuinely good time at the reception. Here is the groom with his new, enthusiastic siblings: