Our Trip to Michigan: The Wedding
OK, We finally get to the whole reason of our visit....Molly and Michael's Wedding!!! The wedding took place at St. Isidore's Catholic Church on August 9, 2008. First of all, I love weddings! It is such a special time in a couple's lives. The church was beautiful, the bride was gorgeous, the music was perfect. The couple just beamed at each other and I knew that we were all taking part in something truly amazing. It was obvious that they loved each other and now they had officially made God a part of that love. That is such a blessing and that is why I love to go to weddings.
The beautiful bride, Molly and her dad, Jerry.
Can't you just feel the love!?
Hannah was very disappointed because the priest never said "You may kiss the bride." She was waiting for them to kiss so that they would "be married." Apparently she thinks that you have to kiss on the lips to be married. Ummmm, I saw no reason to explain that isn't really true. It works for me! But don't worry we saw lots of kissing at the reception!
It was also really neat to see my daughter, Coley, as a junior bridesmaid. She has truly grown into a beautiful young lady and that was very apparent that day! I just kept thinking back to our wedding when Coley bounced down the aisle as our flowergirl. Her little red curls, and her fancy white ballet slippers have given way to a sophisticated updo and grown up evening sandals. She carried herself with such grace and poise, I couldn't help but be proud. Where have the last 8 years gone?
Coley and her cousin Sarah
Have you ever seen such beautiful junior bridesmaids?
The Pennsylvania contingent, our family and Joan and Patrick
After the wedding we headed to the reception which took place on Aquinas' campus. It was really beautiful and kind of reminded me of Grove City's campus. We took our seats at our very own table. Molly pointed out to me that we were the only family who took up an entire table just by ourselves and that was with Coley sitting at the head table with the bridal party! By this point the kids were getting pretty rowdy. (I know that you are shocked, right?!) There was a candy table that the little girls LOVED. They kept filling their bags with candy and more candy! Just what we needed, more sugar! Brian and the boys were entertained by trying to replicate the fancy folding of the napkins. Once they had mastered the "how" they started to have races. My family is so weird!
Here is Isaac modeling his folded napkin...did I say how weird my family is?DJ and Jake with their cousin AJ, can we say looks like trouble?
Here is Coley at the head table. Gia kept asking when we were going to get our Sissy back! She didn't like that she wasn't sitting with us.
After dinner, the dancing began with the father-daughter dance. Molly and Jerry had gone to dance lessons and it really showed. They did a really great job. It was beautiful. Molly and Michael danced their "first" dance and then there was the bridal dance. This was the first time that Coley had ever danced with a boy who wasn't her brother. I kept snapping pictures and she kept glaring at me! I think that this is a theme that will continue on for years. I can't wait for her first dance! Maybe, I'll chaperone? hmmmm. Anyway, she danced with Jackson, the son of the matron of honor, Sue. He was really cute! Coley was terrified by the thought of dancing with a boy, but she did great! I asked her later what they talked about. She told me that when they first started, he said, "I'm not really good at this. I've never done it before." To which she replied, "Oh, that's ok, me neither." That was it, their entire conversation!
This is Coley and her dance partner Jackson. Sooooo cute!Hannah and Gianna with Dianne, otherwise known as the beloved, Nana Rose
Finally Gia and Hannah had their Sissy back! Once they got her "back" they wouldn't leave her side for the rest of the night!
The rest of the evening consisted of much dancing and good times! Brian and I got our token "Wedding Slow Dance" that I insist on whenever we go to a wedding. It's the only time that we ever really get to dance with each other! All of the kids had a blast dancing, which was good for Brian and I. They were so tired at the end of the evening that they basically passed out when we got back to the Roses' house. It was such a nice wedding and such a fun reception. It is definitely a night that we won't soon forget!
Hannah and DJ are ready for Dancing with the Stars! Seriously, how cute are my kids!?
This one turned out a little bit blurry, but it was too cute not to post. Jake , his new buddy Jackson, and Bubba with sleeves rolled up leaning back, checking out everyone's moves on the dance floor!
Bubba is ready to bust a move like a white guy!
The girls doing the Cha-Cha Slide, Gia's favorite!
Brian with Noah and his mom, Joan
The next day we rolled out of bed, dressed the kids and went to Mass. When we returned to Jerry and Dianne's they were getting ready to had brunch with everyone and decided to head out. We had an 8 hour car ride ahead of us and we figured that the sooner we left the better. It worked out pretty well between naps and some movies on the portable DVD player, the kids were pretty good! We even had the pleasure of seeing a rainbow! All in all, we had a very enjoyable vacation! I hope that you enjoyed the blogs. I know that they were long, but it was a very busy time and I like to talk....alot.
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