- Again, iPhone photos I snapped just before the wedding. Since the rain spoiled any chance for more professional before wedding photos (I wasn’t crying over that), we waited in a hall for a bit before we went into the reception. People were already eating, and the line wasn’t bad, so I didn’t have to wait long for food (and I wasn’t particularly hungry, and I was rather in an out-of-body state of mind).The dance floor is right in from of this. My sister has already hung the map in her living room. She spray-painted the bottles and decoupaged the maps onto the smaller ones. I don’t have a photo, but she also decoupaged a grape soda label onto bottle tops which she glued with a pin onto the table numbers (another reference to Up).These vases are for the wedding party’s flowers.I bounced around for most of the reception. Getting my food, getting candy, talking to people at various tables, begging for cake (the bridal party got the special home-made by a friend of Mom’s wedding cake which was amazingly delicious, but hardly anybody ate any, so we shared some and pigged out at home the rest of the week), watching the dancing, wondering if I would dance, sort of trying to dance, getting mad at myself for it, and generally wandering around.The reception flew by (and the dancers, meaning mostly our half of the bridal party and friends weren’t at all done dancing), and we lined up outside to blow bubbles at the bride and groom, and some children chased them to their car with bubbles.More Up quotesAnd then we cleaned up the place. An idiot (yours truly) caused us to have about 6 whole Costco cakes left. We shared quite a bit of cake, food, and candy. Although I was overwhelmed at the time, I think we easily cleared all the food and decor away since a month later almost everything has a place. My sister took quite a bit for her condo and the little girls took some decorations for their rooms.
- I cannot share or link any professional photos because of privacy, so I will show you the quick snaps I took on my iPhone before the wedding.My sister drew this herself. By the end of the wedding, people had filled out the balloons and spread the colors beautifully.My sister made this herself, and people filled it up wonderfully. She left places to put in her and her husband’s travel photos as well.My sister painted that painting ages ago (she’s always loved Up). And she and her now husband painted their hands on the mailbox.
- The day before the wedding, in the morning one of Mom’s friends (so many of her friends helped with the wedding) helped me with the all the flowers. Mom ended up having to buy my sister’s flowers from a variety of stores, so I ended up doing the bridal bouquet all myself. I think our bouquets were as pretty, if not prettier than professionally done ones, but the corsages and boutonnieres were droopy by the end of the day.My sister had her four sisters, her sister-in-law, and three other friends as bridesmaids. We each picked either a grey/silver or blue dress. My sister gave us rose gold earrings to wear (they are so elegant). My sister’s wedding dress was off-white; her rings, shoes, and hairpiece rose gold; and her bouquet peachy coral. The groom and groomsmen were in grey suits with blue ties.
I bought a brand-new J Crew dress on eBay for $35-$40 (including shipping) which I brilliantly waited to alter the day before the wedding. I bought my shoes from 6pm.com, and I got them in wide, and they are comfortable for heels and fit just about perfectly.She had planned for an outdoor wedding, and we had had such lovely weather all the month of the wedding, until the end of the wedding week. Mom and the wedding coordinator (also her friend) bought grey and blue umbrellas the day before the wedding. We knew that rain was pretty much guaranteed, and although we practiced for an indoor wedding in the reception area, we ended up having it outdoors.We had most of the photos before the wedding, and then waited indoors, taking fun selfies with Up themed props. The rain stopped briefly, long enough for most of the bridal party to walk out (I’m not sure what we walked down to, but the grandparents walked down to a theme from Up), and then we were given the umbrellas (and one blew inside out and the photographer got an epic photo out of that moment). And though weather was cold and rainy, the wedding was memorable and the photos quite fun and pretty (certainly prettier than they would have been indoors).
- We threw a shower for my sister at the end of MarchMy grandmother has a lovely open floor plan, so we had my sister’s shower at my grandparents’ like we did my sister-in-law’s a year and a half before. And I made cookies as I did before except I think I used a different recipe (this one by Alton Brown, except I added vanilla; they are nice and soft inside yet firm enough to decorate nicely). This time I did a MUCH better job planning (last time I made myself and a few sisters late to the shower we helped throw!). And I also made punch (not super impressed with the recipe, but I’m not sure I followed it right . . . I sometimes have “trouble” following recipes) and a ranch cheese ball (I will try to post the recipe at some point).My sister loves to travel (out of all of us kids, she’s been to the most states,and the only one to travel outside the U.S.; she’s been to several countries outside the U.S., once to teach for about nine months), and she wanted a Pixar’s Up themed wedding and travel themed wedding. So, we had some touches of that at the shower. Not shown include her ocean and travel themed bathroom items, and her friend’s gift of the Up house hand-painted on a plate.Yes, I know this looks like a Pinterest Fail, but I don’t care, much, look at my other cookies! I’m so proud of those.I made the traditional rehearsal “bouquet” out of the bows and ribbons from the gifts. Luckily almost all of them went together well. She had some strips of purple tulle that didn’t match, but I didn’t want to waste, so I braided those all together for the ring and wrapped it with the ribbon that matched. I was quite proud of my handiwork. Of course, she forgot to use it, but then I’m surprised we even managed to take it to the rehearsal.