Last weekend, Connor & I drove up to Fredericksburg for his middle sister's wedding weekend. We drove up after work on Thursday. It took us 6 hours and one Agatha Christie book on CD to keep us entertained. I was so glad we went up there that night so we could wake up on Friday and get to work!
Friday, we had a nice breakfast catching up with Connor's oldest sister, Marianna, and her family. They live in Reading, England, and we see them only about once/year for Thanksgiving. She has a son, Etienne Michael, who is turning 4 in January, and a 4 month old daughter, Maxine, that we hadn't met yet. It was awesome spending time with them!
We then all got to work. You can see we had lots of piles to be taking various places: out of town gift bags for the hotel, flowers, vases, & burlap runners for rehearsal space, champagne for reception, tulle for church...we were busy!
We also spent lots of time doting over our niece & nephew.
Isn't Maxine the cutest?
That face. Making her smile was the most rewarding experience!
I can't believe Etienne Michael is almost 4! He's such a big boy. Here he is showing off his new firetruck shirt. He's obsessed with trucks!
I just can't. She's ADORABLE!
Connor and I went over with the Bride-to-be to the Rehearsal dinner space. We put linens on the tables with the help of one of her bridesmaids.
One of Mrs. C's friends helped put the flowers together. She was so quick and amazing!
The finished tables. I thought they looked so good! Florence & Brian had a BBQ caterer, so the checked tablecloths, the burlap, & the galvanized buckets looked so great together!
The event space was gorgeous! The view from the windows was spectacular.
Card table & an awesome arrangment
Gary Melcher's house, Belmont. It was a perfect day with perfect weather!
This is the event space. Love the stone work!
The walkway from Belmont to the event space
Love old southern houses!
After setting up the space, we went back home and cleaned up around the house. We also got to babysit more! Love these kids!
Etienne LOVES Bowser
Helping his Granddad with the yard work
And posing in front of his favorite car!
After we finished up the yard work, we got ready for the rehearsal at the church. Connor's mom was over most of the day helping set up. It looked beautiful! I was baby-wrangling during the rehearsal so I didn't take any pictures. I'll post the professional photos when they're up!
We then headed over to the venue for dinner. Brian's dad made an awesome slideshow that he spent 100+ hours on! It was great. The speeches were hilarious and heartfelt. It was an awesome evening!
Florence with her bridesmaids that made it that day! Due to the Hurricane, they were 2 short as most of their friends live in NYC!
Saturday I didn't take any pictures at all. Blogger fail! Our day consisted of cleaning his parent's house top to bottom to set up for Brunch the next morning as well as babysitting.
Florence came back to the house around 2 with the Bridesmaids to take pictures. That meant we had to wrangle the kids into their outfits and get ready ourselves! It was a very quick 2 hours.
We got to the church around 3:45 for the 4:30 ceremony. Isn't Etienne Michael dapper in his tux? He was MAJORLY cheesing! Cracked me up.
Miss Maxine in her sweet knit dress. That smile. I melt.
After the ceremony, with beautiful readings and music, we stayed to help clean up the space. Then we headed over to Fredericksburg Square for the reception. My parents & aunt were invited so they happily took Maxine off of Marianna's hands during the cocktail hour!
Family pictures were taken, and then it was time to eat! They had buffet food set up, including lots of veggies, salad, prime rib, and chicken. It was good!
Dinner was followed by dancing and cake. Such a fun night! After it was over, all the young people headed back to the hotel and we all had drinks. It was so much fun!
Sunday, we set up the house for Brunch. Mrs. C prepared about 8 quiches, and we also had ham biscuits, pumpkin muffins, bagels, and fruit salad. About 50 people came, so it was quite busy! Connor & I hit the road around 11. It took us about 5.5 hours to get back, and we were exhausted!
It was such a fabulous weekend, meeting Brian's family and celebrating the marriage of his sister to an incredible guy! They spent the week in Mexico relaxing and soaking up the sun.