Last weekend my brother Scott got married. It was a very happy time, but also provided some challenges because Elias was only 6 weeks old, and Nathan and I were both in the wedding party. Elias got to have his first hotel stay, meet tons of family members on the Bartle side, have his first dance with his new Auntie, and much more.
Our weekend actually started on Thursday with the wedding rehearsal. After the rehearsal, we went to dinner at the Spaghetti Factory. Elias stayed awake and happy the whole time. Maybe we need to get a whole bunch of interesting lamp shades and lighting in our house too. He loved looking around at everything.
On Friday, a lot of my aunts, uncles, and cousins made it into town from Idaho and Hawaii. Elias also met my Auntie Jeani and Uncle Jim for the first time. We started out the morning by getting manicures….but Elias didn’t have to come to that. He was babysat by Grandpa Bartle and Uncles Scott and Greg. Then we had a lot of fun at a family wedding shower where we got to meet a lot of Kristy’s family too. They played some hilarious games and had some great food. We dressed Elias in his Packers outfit to win over all of Kristy’s family from Wisconsin.
Friday night we had a lot of fun hanging out with our family at my parents’ house. Then on Saturday, we had the actual wedding. When we were at my parents’ house getting ready, the boys wanted to do some funny pictures. I love how Nathan cannot act serious in the picture. That makes it even more funny. I don’t know what the fascination with guns is, but it is there just the same.
The ceremony was really beautiful and I am so happy for my brother. I knew that I love him and was very happy for him, but did not expect to get quite so emotional. I know I saw Nathan glancing at me and smirking because I was tearing up when Scott said his vows. I know he will be such a good husband and I am proud to be his sister.
Then the reception was also very fun. The whole night went by so fast. Elias got to meet lots of new people, and he had his first dance with Auntie Kristy.
I was really glad we had booked a hotel room at the Embassy Suites so we didn’t have to drive all the way home.
When we got back to the room, Elias was still in a very happy mood as he had been all night so we decided to take some really cute pictures of the three of us all dressed up.