Wedding Extravaganza

December 21-23, 2012

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I’m travelling to exotic locations home this holiday season because of my baby brother’s wedding.  After arriving home from Sydney very late Monday night I’ve been busy doing my Christmas shopping and getting ready for this weekend…IMG_0274

By Thursday night most of the relatives have arrived (minus the ones who got caught in Chicago by a storm) and mom hosted another amazing meal (food deserves its own post – actually my mom should just write a food blog – hint, hint).

Friday morning we all pack up and head to the lodge where the majority of the events are hosted for the weekend…  It’s a gorgeous location right next to Maryville College not too far from the mountains and perfect for a Christmas-themed wedding.

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Events include a Bridal luncheon, where the highlight was grandma meeting one of the bride’s friends who was a participants on last year’s Bachelor, unbeknownst to the rest of us – grandma is a BIG fan.

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(The happy couple being toasted roasted).

Friday afternoon was a rehearsal at the church, followed by a rehearsal dinner with loads of speeches and many funny moments.

IMG_0185(After all these year’s we still getting matching pj’s…) 

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Saturday morning we are up bright and early for hair and make-up, followed by photo shoots, a limo ride to the church, more pictures, the wedding, and the reception.  IMG_0265(First dance)

 

It is a fun, action-packed weekend, one of those rare times when so many friends and family are all in one place but of course there is never enough time to catch up as much as one would like.

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IMG_0286IMG_0283IMG_0244IMG_0232Probably shouldn’t mention the ‘Chip ‘n’ Dale’ act which followed as it was not on the official itinerary but was most entertaining…  IMG_0333 IMG_0342

(PHOTO DISCLAIMER – MOST OF THE PICTURES TAKEN ON MY NEW IPHONE – INDOOR QUALITY NOT GREAT IN LOW-LIGHT SITUATIONS – AM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING OTHER PEOPLE’S PICS)

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