Well we finally made it to the best day yet…the real reason we even came on this whole adventure…THE WEDDING DAY!!!!
I had to be over to the brides room early with all of the ladies so that we could begin getting ready. The boys got to sleep in and have a nice leisurely breakfast and some play time. I guess that is just one of the luxuries of being a man.
After I got my hair and make up done, there were still hours to go and a bunch of the girls still to get ready. Since I was finished other than getting dressed, I decided to go hang out with my family. The last of us was getting married!
I checked back in on the bride, who had plenty of company and was still getting her hair done and figured I wasn’t needed so I went to check on the rest of the boys…my husband and children. They were doing just fine. The boys got to hang out in the tavern room all morning. There were snacks and drinks, a jukebox, shuffleboard, high-backed leather chairs, and much more fun. They were doing just fine. Greg was so relaxed he was even doing the Tunak Tunak Tun dance.
Simon, however, was not having any of the make up. When I first walked in with my hair and face all done up, Elias gave me a long look and then told me I looked beautiful. Simon, though, refused to let me hold him, and when I tried to kiss him as he was in my mom’s arms, he pushed me away. It was pretty heartbreaking. But I stole him away anyway and leaned him against my shoulder, and when he couldn’t see my face he was just fine. Eventually I left him back in the care of the men and went on my way.
I wandered around and took pictures of all of the beautiful decorations. I was most impressed by the arbor. This picture has bad lighting, but it helps you imagine how beautiful it was.
Finally, it was time for the boys to get ready. It was Elias’ first experience in a tux. He was so cute.
My mom and I stopped to pose for a picture together.
Simon, who had just woken up from a nap was not really into pictures, but we tried to get a few family shots anyway.
Then was time for the actual ceremony. It was beautiful and I admit I was holding back the tears pretty forcefully. I don’t have any pictures because I was a part of the ceremony, but I’m sure when they come from the photographer they’ll be great. After the ceremony we had pictures taken, and then the long wait began.
At first the boys were pretty good about waiting for the reception to begin. Although they couldn’t enjoy cocktails, they found ways to entertain themselves. Such as posing in front of the golf course.
Or finding a seat on a windowsill.
Nathan and I posed for a selfie…..
and while we did so the boys found a way to get dirty. It only takes a few seconds…but it was enough.
So we waited inside and enjoyed the company of Auntie Kristy’s daddy again.
Then, we were all told to head outside and down the street for another surprise. We did so and waited some more. Here is Auntie Kristy and baby James.
And the boys finding more ways to get dirty while waiting.
Pretty soon we heard a low hum in the distance.
Uncle Greg and Auntie Shaina making their grand entrance!
Look what Simon found while we all had our backs turned! Typical. At least one of the junior bridesmaids seems to have it under control.
We headed back to the reception hall and helped Shaina get ready for her entrance to the reception. She looked stunning on her wedding day!
While we were waiting for the wedding party to be announced into the reception, Elias got pretty nervous around the girls again. I was inwardly laughing and outwardly taking pictures. I’m such a mean mom.
Here he is being forced to hold hands. I overheard the flower girl tell him quite forcefully, “You have to hold my hand!” It was all a show he put on, though. I heard from people who watched him walk in that he was smiling and waving, and once he reached the dance floor he ran and slid on his knees to his spot amidst cheering and applauding from the crowd. Who would have thought?
After the wedding party was announced, the cake cutting happened first, then dinner.
During dinner there were toasts. My brother, Scott, gave a very heartfelt toast. I was very impressed and proud.
After dinner the boys took over the dance floor.
They had to give it up for the first dance, the father-daughter dance, and the mother-son dance. But then when dancing started in earnest the boys were very into it, and Elias got us all involved.
He took a turn with Uncle Greg.
No one took a picture, but I was out there dancing with him a bunch. He also got Ama and Simon involved.
They even slow danced together.
Then after quite a while of exerting themselves, they sat down to rest. Look at those rosy cheeks and that glazed look in his eyes. This boy was tired!
There was still about an hour left in the reception, but the boys were pretty much expired. It was a beautiful day and went pretty much a smoothly as anyone could have hoped. We got to be with family and have fun too. We said our goodbyes and headed back to the inn for bedtime.
Congratulations Greg and Shaina! We love you!