Well, it's here.
I'll be perfectly honest in saying that at times it felt like this week would NEVER arrive. After EIGHTEEN months of planning "the wedding" you so casually mention in conversation seems more like this mythical thing then a reality.
I'll also be honest when I say I sort of am in disbelief that it's happening. Like, I described it earlier today as that flaky friend, whom you make plans with. You know it's happening, allegedly, but you don't really believe it'll all go as planned until it's actually happening. It doesn't seem real that this is ME it's happening to, probably won't until Friday night or Saturday morning. This has helped me to be calm as a cucumber. Honestly, ask Matt.
Friday night we hung out at home. Saturday M's dad was in town, and his M's sister from Michigan has been here since Friday, so we got his sisters, dad, and gf over to the house Saturday for dinner. It was a lot of fun and there were a ton of laughs. They stuck around through Sunday afternoon for my dad's "kick off party" so to speak.
My dad has a couple-friend that have been in town from California since Thursday and are staying till Wednesday. They came early because they have a wedding in Boston the same weekend as ours. He also has another friend who got into town Sunday and is staying through the wedding to the following Sunday. And actually, my dad went to high school with the 2 guys, and the 3 of them haven't been together since 1985. My dad's seen both of them scattered in there, but not all 3 together. So that's been pretty cool for them!
Sunday night he hosted a party so that the 2 who couldn't make it could experience some kind of "wedding event", and it was a lot of fun!
M's dad and gf chatting with my dad's best friend and his wife
M's sister Natalie
Natalie with bridesmaid Molly
M's mom and step dad
My dad, M and I, and the priest who is marrying us.
Yes he had a handlebar mustache. He's pretty funny, too..haha.
It was fun to kick of wedding week with a party, but I'll tell you what: it's dangerous to get into party mode on Sunday and then have to suffer through 4 days of work this week (for me, M only has 3 days. wahh).
In somewhat related news, I've made the mistake of checking the forecast twice. Once last Friday, in which I saw rain, and then bought 6 umbrellas on Saturday. Sunday at the party a few people told me the forecast was clear and no rain. I checked again today at work just to see and it said rain again AND high wind gusts. So basically I just need to stop looking at it (or those people lied to me Sunday.. which is a possibility.).. I've made peace with it, if it happens (depending on when you ask me). It'll all work out. :)
I'll try to check back in later this week! Hope you guys had a good weekend, too!!