All of our wedding guests started arriving on Wednesday night. My friend Callie that I hadn't seen in 5 years came out with her parents for the wedding. That was great because I hadn't seen her parents in like 7 years and they came all the way from Virginia to spend the special day with us!
Me with Callie and her parents at the wedding
Then everyone else came into town on Thursday. All our friends from Wyoming, Dave's family, my family...everyone! It was so much fun to have everyone here, but at the same time very overwhelming. You feel like you need to spend time with everyone, and at times, it's hard to mix everyone together. I have to say I was so happy with my dad that weekend. He was good about doing everything with us and even came to lunch with all us "kids" after the rehearsal. We took my niece and nephew with us and went with all our friends...we didn't figure my dad would want to come. Then my sister called and said to add 3 more because they were coming. He was a good sport the whole weekend and stayed the entire time at the reception...never once complaining about anything...that added to the perfect weekend in my eyes!
Here I am with my daddy...
Here are Allie and Daunte at lunch...once they met each other, we had a hell of a time separating them. They actually got along really well, again something that added to the weekend. This is why Allie came to lunch with us...she got the sad pouty face and walked up to Daunte and said "bye Daunte" in the voice that says...nobody invited me to go. So the kids came with us!
After our lunch, we all just went and hung out. I should go back and tell you what a disaster rehearsal was. The lady seemed like she didn't have a clue what the hell she was doing which bummed me out because when we met her she seemed to have it all together. The priest didn't even come to rehearsal, which is probably why Dave and I were suprised to have a kiss in the middle of the ceremony! Fortunately, we worked all the kinks out at rehearsal and you wouldn't have known they happened by the looks of the ceremony.
I should also back up and tell about the fight with the mother in law Friday morning before rehearsal. Thursday night I called Dave's sister and told her there was no way that I was going to be able to go with her to pick up her cousin at the airport on Friday morning. I had to get Dave's brother at 9:30 and hurry to the tux shop to make sure his tux fit (only two of the tuxes fit when we all went in to pick them up! and if I didn't have him there before 12, his tux couldn't have been fixed and rehearsal was at 11). She said she forgot that she had to pick him up so she called her mom. Is it my problem that her mother was drinking and partying it up and so she didn't apparently pay attention to the fact that she said she would pick up the cousin (her nephew) the next morning...I think not. However, I get a phone call while I am up picking up Gabe and Bubba that morning before getting Dave's brother asking me why I couldn't wait 15 minutes for the cousins flight. Dave's mom started giving me a bad time and I calmly told her that I didn't have time to wait for him and that I didn't have room for him in the car. This is why I called Kayla the night before to let her know that she needed to make sure she got him! Well she just kept saying over and over so I leave to go out of my sister's room to talk to her and I hear Dave's grandma say "that's just great, he would do anything for them and then last minute they can't even pick him up!" That pissed me off so I calmly told his mother that I could hear grandma and I did not want everyone fighting. I told her I couldn't get him, I had called to let Kayla know that I couldn't wait for her to get him (originally we were going to the airport together to get everyone) and that there was really nothing I could do. So I hung up and called Dave pissed. I started crying becuase when I told his mom that I didn't want everyone fighthing she said oh get over yourself Angie no one is fucking fighting. Well my sister finds me crying and says give me the phone (as if more drama will make it better!) Ask Shannon my sister is a fiesty one. So I yelled at her and told her if she caused a scene I would be pissed. Then his mom called back and "kinda" apologized but I was still annoyed. She was just pissed because she had been up partying and she wasn't going to make it into town on time to get him...again not my problem, I got my stuff taken care of and it was never my responsibility in the first place to get the cousin! Oh well, she got the cousin, Dave told her to knock her bullshit off, and everyone made to to rehearsal on time. And it's a good thing I didn't give in because Dave's brother's jacket was way too small so we had to make another stop to get another jacket!
Ok back to where I was before I had to backtrack...after lunch on Friday we all went home and just hung out. Then Monica, Kayla and Callie and I went up to decorate for the rehearsal dinner. For my little luau going to an inside deal, it actually turned out really cute. The boys from Wyoming were staying at Boomtown so they came down with their wives and helped us. It was nice to have them there because when I got to pick the boys up was the first time that I didn't feel any stress whatsoever during the wedding. They were both great in calming me down after my little upset with the MIL and made me laugh the whole way to the airport. Here's a few pictures from the rehearsal dinner Friday night...
Dave's grooms cake that I made for him!!
no idea why it's sideways...it's not that way on my computer!
Dave cutting his groom's cake
Dave and his brother Brian
Dave's family and me
Baby Cambrea...you all remember she was supposed to come 6 days before the wedding, but came a month early! She is doing great and getting big. Her dad, Eric, and I thought the picture with the flask was funny...we got her to smile haha! (PS getting annoyed that blogger is turning my pictures around and I can't fix them grrrr)
Brian, me, Dave, Robert, Courtney
Lisa, me, Shasta and Callie...friends since grade school
My dad and us
After the dinner I told Dave bye as we spent the night apart. I'm glad we did because when I finally saw him as I walked down the aisle, I understood why you don't see your groom the night before. It's what you wait for all day while you get ready to see him and then there he is and it's a perfect moment! Dave's sister stayed in the bridal suite with me and so we figured it would be fun if we had all three kids stay with us, her son, and my niece and nephew. It was seriously the best thing I could have had the night before the wedding. Having the kids with us made me remember what life is all about...it's not about the stress of planning a wedding. It's not about worrying about if every detail is right or if something is going to go wrong. It's about having fun and spending time with people you love. That's what's important! We started off by piling into the jacuzzi tub and letting our feet sit in the water. We tried to all jam together for a picture but you can see it didn't go so well! Then we decided to play a little elevator tag and run down to see if the reception room was done...but they had locked the doors on us! So we ran around the casino (well the part that is actually the convention center) in our pjs and bare feet playing elevator tag. Then we went upstairs to go to bed. Surprisingly none of the kids argued when we said it was time for bed. The only argument we got was a few tears when we had to separate Daunte and Allie and they had to sleep in separate rooms. We bribed them and told them that the sooner they went to sleep, the sooner they could play together again!! It worked and we all headed off to bed.
Tiptoeing around to play elevator tag
Smashing together in the elevator for a picture
Allie and Daunte (our flowergirl and ringbearer)
Everyone in the jacuzzi tub
Me and my sister in law Kayla
The kiddos in the jacuzzi tub
Trying to separate them for bed!!
It was the perfect night before the wedding...