We made it to town late Wednesday night, ready to roll right into bed. No such luck with two little boys who were very sick of sitting still! When we separated them (Lucian and I ended up on the couch upstairs) they were finally able to quiet down enough to fall asleep... although I found out the next morning that the crash I heard around 1:00am was Max falling out of his pack-and-play in an attempt to make it to the big bed with Daddy. Oy.
Thursday was set aside as girls' day- Luncheon with the future family-in-law, followed by manicures at the beauty college in town. I found myself nodding off while getting my nails painted (did I mention Lucian woke up at 5:00?) so when the rest of the girls went to Bully Blends for coffee and wine, I made the hard decision to forgo my favorite spot in Rapid City to catch up on a few winks before dinner.
Oh my, dinner... I haven't laughed that much in a long time. Annie and Bridget joined us for a delicious meal at the Pirates Table, complete with chocolate wine! Two of my favorite things in one glass ... someone is a genius. Our waiter was fun, outgoing, and he happened to be dressed like a pirate. Get a load of this:
Then Saturday arrived! I met the girls at the Best Little Hair House in downtown at 8:30, and I was greeted with a spread of bagels, cream cheese, orange juice and champagne! I have an amazing mother-in-law, have I ever said that? (I love you, Maureen!)
I did get a picture of them all smiling nicely, but I'm posting this one instead as payback for never smiling when I ask them to!Well, we got our hair done, then headed to the church to get ready for pictures. Photography was done by Jacques Daniel- you can check out his work here, he's super awesome!
That doesn't happen every day. Wow, I was so glad to be a part of this- what a perfect start to a life together.
Pictures after the wedding were done quickly, and off to the reception we went! I forgot to mention earlier that my parents came into town Friday afternoon to watch the kids for the rehearsal and wedding. Monica wanted to make it clear to them that they were invited regardless of whether they babysat, but it sure was a Godsend to have them there!! They juggled the boys for the whole reception, freeing us up to relax and enjoy the evening.
Max and Luci ... he looks like he's about to go for the "yawn, stretch, arm around the shoulders" moveThe food was wonderful, the music was fun, and the decorations were awesome! Each table had an individual cake on a vintage cake stand, and each cake was to die for. I think I tried five different kinds... lucky for me, my dress had extra room in the tummy area. Thanks to Annie Daniel (yes, the photographer's wife... very very creative, artistic family) for help with all of the decorations. She has such an eye for detail that made the overall effect stunning!
We partied long into the night, and the workers finally had to shoo us out the door. The party migrated elsewhere, but I headed back to baby and bed. The whole family came together again for Mass in the morning, then the rest of the day was spent chilling at the Yantes home, eating leftover cake and drinking coffee (lots of coffee...). In the evening was the gift opening, and Max got to swim with his daddy at the hotel swimming pool. Thanks hun for skipping the gifts to keep our child happy!
The happy couple said their goodbyes to the family Monday morning, and headed off on their first adventure as Mr. and Mrs! I am so excited to have a new brother-in-law, and I can't wait to see where life brings these two. Congratulations, Monica and Glenn Gerardi!