In early January our family happily celebrated the marriage of one of my older brothers and his now wife! God bless them, their wedding was during that ridiculous, bitterly cold snap- although it wasn't a snap because it lasted weeks!
But all the family members coming from out of town were still able to come, and everything was beautiful.
We had a family gathering at my parent's on the Thursday before, so all the siblings + in-laws and nieces and nephews could visit (it felt and sounded a lot like the opening scenes to Home Alone but without the fake cop). We also did our family Christmas gift exchange- it was a full but fun night!
Friday night was the rehearsal and dinner at an Irish pub; it was such a great place for the kids (all but two of the nieces/nephews were there). We talked and ate, celebrated and sláinte'd.
The day of the wedding was frigid, but at least it was sunny! The mass was beautiful, as was the bride. :) Evie and Audrey were flower girls with their cousin, and I wish I had a photo of the lovely bridesmaids dresses but I don't have a one!
I happened to go to Franciscan with the two photographers (husband and wife team- they are so great!), so it was fun to catch up- the Catholic world is small, after all.
|NONE of the kids fell into the fountain that night- miracle!|
|Evie and the googly glasses- I can hardly handle it!|
The kids especially loved it (of course!), and I was crying laughing looking through all of the photos the next week. There were so many like this:
My Aunt was out on the dance floor doing the Chicken Dance with all of the kids, and I think my favorite part of the reception was watching her and my dad's cousin dancing a mean polka together! I want to be her when I grow up.
The reception was such a good time. Poor Heidi was running on the fumes of her second wind but she was a trooper throughout. The kids had a great time on the dance floor, AND *whispers* two of the members of Scythian were there!
My cousin was so sweet dancing with all of the kiddos.
Last year at my great aunt's funeral, one of my uncles said, "The family needs to stop meeting like this". We had all just been at my grandpa's funeral a few months before, and my uncle was right- life gets busy and it's hard to gather family together. My youngest brother is getting married this weekend and I'm grateful this winter has brought (mostly) everyone together for two celebrations!
Congrats to Bryan and Caitlin!