I think I have finally recovered from the wedding weekend, but the exhaustion was worth it! We had a great time, and we owe a huge THANKYOUSOMUCH to my sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Christina and Tony, who came down from NY to watch the kids. I know it was a long day for them, but they still met us with a smile when we dragged ourselves in at midnight. (Midnight! The last time I was up at midnight I was feeding a baby or helping someone on the toilet, definitely not as much fun as drinking champagne and dancing with Rob.) We have deposited a big, fat IOU into their Future Favors Savings Account, payable at any time.
The wedding itself was truly beautiful. My cousin Carrie looked like a princess, like someone out of a movie. My aunt made Carrie's wedding dress, because, you know, she had so much free time being the mother of the bride, helping to plan the wedding, and working full time. But Holy Project Runway, Batman -- what a dress! The pictures in the slide show don't do it justice. It was an ivory silk sheath covered with a delicate lace over-skirt, which was detachable for the reception. Carrie's hair was pulled back and studded with little pearl pins, and her bouquet was made of clusters of dark red roses. Oh wait, did I forget to mention that my aunt also made all of the bridesmaids dresses and her own dress for the wedding? And that the bridesmaids dresses, while all the same burgundy color, were a different design for each woman? And that the last time my aunt slept was October? Wowie, wow, wow, those dresses were amazing!
The reception was so much fun; the food was delicious, the champagne was flowing, the music was good, and I got to see so many people that I haven't seen in years. My cousins came out from Ohio, and all my aunts and uncles were there, as well. Good times.
But the best part was being there with Rob. I love going to weddings with him, because it makes us feel like we are renewing our own vows to each other. We seem to fall in love all over again, we siphon some of the new-ness and excitement for ourselves, we remind ourselves just what we see in each other, which is something that can get lost when you live with someone day in and day out. I think it's one of the best dates a couple can have, and at this time of year it was magical. (Did I mention that we owe Christina and Tony some serious paybacks?)