Tuesday, June 24, 2014

My Big Brother's Wedding

My older brother Michael is now officially a married man. He and his wife Melissa, were married on June 7th up in York, PA. It was a beautiful wedding and everyone had a wonderful time. It was such a pleasure seeing my brother so happy and marrying such a wonderful woman. We've all waited a very long time for him to find the right person and he finally has!

Kristian, Hunter and I were all in the wedding party which made things a bit chaotic at times, trying to figure out who would watch Hunter while we were doing our bridesmaid/groomsmen duties but it all worked out in the end thanks to family and friends.

The rehearsal went well and Hunter did great at dinner even though it was about 3 hours long and lasted until past his bedtime. He was very well behaved and just the cutest thing, everyone kept commenting on what a good boy he was.

The future Mr. and Mrs. 

I love this photo which was taken by Melissa's brother with is fancy camera.

Hunter got a little fishing kit including a vest as his ring bearer gift. 

Hunter did pretty well going down the aisle. Being that he's only 2 1/2 you just never know what to expect. He did great in rehearsal but got a little overwhelmed once the pews were full of people. I really couldn't even see him from where I was standing at the front of the church but I'm told he walked most of the way and then ran towards the end. Once he saw me he ran over, grabbed my legs and cried. I tried to get him to quiet down but he wouldn't. Fortunately the organ was still playing very loudly so it wasn't too noticeable. My other sister-in-law came over and grabbed him real quick and tried to settle him into the pew with her but he wouldn't calm down so she took him and my niece (the flower girl) who is 6 out to the lobby of the church. Not sure what we would have done if she hadn't been there to take them out. As for formal pictures, I haven't seen them so I'm hoping the ones that he is in came out okay. The photographer said she got some where he was looking but not really smiling. So that's not too bad.

With my new sister-in-law right before going down the aisle. I LOVE her dress. The lace at the top of the dress actually was a separate piece that she took off during the reception. I also loved my dress which I was able to choose myself. All the bridesmaids had different style and color dresses. It was a vintage theme. 

The cutest little ring bearer ever. He has his GQ pose down pat!

Me and MY Groom. It was so nice getting to walk down another aisle with him. Brought back so many wonderful memories.

The reception went well. Hunter got a bit antsy at dinner but once the dancing started and he could get up he was fine. Since he decided to start finally using the potty right before the trip there were a lot of trips to the bathroom. He was wearing a diaper the whole time, just in case, but he did well with going on the potty despite his diaper. And even though he wasn't able to nap all day he partied until he was in the car at 10pm where he proceeded to pass out and sleep until 9am the next morning.
The Happy Couple!

My brother and his groomsmen which included my husband, my other brother, his best friend from childhood (who flew in from Namibia for the wedding!) and Melissa's brother. 

Me and my gorgeous mama. I loved her dress as well!

After MANY MANY attempts this was the best family photo we could get.

The photo booth was a blast!

I kept having flashforwards of us dancing together at his wedding one day. I know the time will go by way too fast.

I think this if officially my favorite picture of Hunter from the end of the night in our hotel room. I plan to put this in his senior yearbook. 

The whole weekend was pretty exhausting and non stop but we all had such a wonderful time with my family. Hunter really enjoyed his first wedding and even now a few weeks later says "Go to wedding?" Now we get to look forward to the newlyweds moving into their new house just up the street from us and hopefully a future niece or nephew in the near future. 


princess apr said...

I loved all the pictures you were posting. It looks like a great wedding and a fun time.

I went to college York, PA. *g* Brings back different memories for me.

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

hahah that last pic is adorable!

Vodka and Soda

Shannon said...

These are all great. You need to frame the "fancy camera" picture of your family. It's gorgeous!

Krysten Quiles said...

I loved seeing all the pics on Instagram, it looks like a fun time!

Sara McCarty said...

You look beautiful and Hunter is so handsome! What a gorgeous wedding! Love that last photo - hilarious! I love it when kids just pass out from sheer exhaustion where ever they happen to be.

Stephanie said...

How fun! I think that's awesome that all three of you were able to be a part of the wedding and that Hunter did such a great job. That picture at the end is pretty awesome. You look beautiful and have two handsome guys by your side...lucky girl! :)

Venassa said...

The first family picture of yours is gorgeous! Couldn't be more perfect. Too bad the official 'day of' pictures weren't as nice though. Sounds like a great day. Toddlers at weddings make me nervous too, but luckily we don't have any to attend this year. I'm next :p

Jamie said...

Her dress was beautiful!

Brandy said...

Weddings are so fun!

Laura said...

So beautiful and ohhhh hunter's pose with his hand in his pocket...I can't!!