We made the whole trip up there on Thursday. CRAZY. Hunter and I left our house at 4 to meet up with our ride by 5. After crossing the time zone, we finally landed at our hotel at 12:30 am. And of course my lack-of-a-gallbladder decided to give me major fits after dinner (still 5 hours from the hotel...and it lasted until Saturday morning...miserable).
We all crashed pretty hard that night and woke up the next day to go meet Jacob and the rest of the guys at the Country Club for lunch. We had a great time getting to catch up--there was a lot of laughing that weekend. Then we all split ways to go home and get ready for the rehearsal and dinner. While the boys napped, us three girls did a little shopping at the little strip mall by our hotel. After an 18 hour car ride, we didn't feel like cramping into a hotel for 3 hours of nothing...
The rehearsal went smoothly and quickly (I've been to some doozies that seemed like they'd go on forever...) and dinner was fabulous! Little secret--George Clooney's parents were eating dinner at the restaurant where we had the rehearsal dinner! And Barbara (the bride) is related to them through some connection I don't know well enough to explain... Starstruck.
I digress. We hung out at the Pub there in town that night, shooting darts and laughing some more. We avoided a major possible catastrophe by steering Hunter back out of the Karaoke bar around the corner (or Scary-oke as the locals called it...). And headed back for a somewhat early night to get some rest.
The wedding party rode around town in a trolley that afternoon taking pictures all over the place and getting to know each other. From what I can tell, country met the fancy side of life between the two sides of the bridal party...those Kentucky girls got a big dose of the real south with that big bunch of Louisiana boys :)
|we clean up nice|
|The girls that belong to all of the guys in the wedding. I am so thankful that they all also came and that we all got along well so we could hang out for the weekend!|
They had the reception in a massive (6,000 sq. ft.) outdoor tent in the yard of one of their close family friends (and the view onto his house was gorgeous!).
|First Dance as Husband and Wife!|
|the wedding party|
|The groom and his men completed the night with their own rendition of Hank Jr.'s "Family Tradition"|
|The groom and all his fellas|
Here's to their happiness!
--we got wise and split the trip up on the way home landing us a visit in Nashville with some of our closest friends...but that'll get its own post soon--