Wedding Weekend

Oh what a fun weekend last weekend was. My beloved brother (best brother ever!) got married to a wonderful woman, and we had so much fun. So very very tired now but it was totally worth it.

By the way, here’s that owl painting I mentioned. Wedding gift for Alison and Matt. We went to the Enchanted Forest with Alison’s niece and nephew (and her mom, dad, brother and sister-in-law). The littles needed something fun to get out some energy, and frankly, Matt and I LOVE this place. At one point Alison said, “Thanks for coming with us” and we said, “No, thank YOU for coming with US — because we were going to go no matter what!” We had so much fun. I think we had the most fun there of anyone (in the entire park) that day. Dorks. (click on any of these photos for a larger version)

Then it was back to work, making flower arrangements, going to rehearsal dinner, steaming dresses, checking into the hotel, etc. etc. Very busy but so much fun.

Flowers (500 dahlias plus filler… so pretty!)

Old West rehearsal dinner:

Most of the close family and friends stayed at the hotel (the beautiful Balch Hotel) which was really fun. It was like Wedding Camp: we all popped into each other’s rooms, had breakfast together, etc. It was a great way to get to know everyone, too.

And the beautiful couple (so happy it made me cry):

My family, plus a new sister:

My mom, her three sisters, and my grandmother:

Me and BFF Erin:

So much joy, beauty, and happiness last weekend.

The next day we all relaxed by going on a white-water rafting trip. Woohoo!

There was a moment at the reception, when Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” was playing (say what you will about her, she’s got great party songs). I was suddenly overcome by the absolute joy around me: the beautiful party decorations, the happy couple, the life-long friends and family all dancing, all smiling, all jumping and dancing and singing along, faces lit with complete, selfless joy. It was a really beautiful moment: this is what it’s all about.