Finally, a real actual post about the wedding, complete with photos. So Friday morning I headed up to Massachusetts around 8:30. I got there and ended up having to go to Wal-Mart because I’d forgetton black dress socks for Jake (go me! I can never remember everything). Then I got back to my mom’s, ate a quick lunch and headed over to get a haircut. Came home, relaxed for a bit, then we all got ready for the rehearsal at church and the rehearsal dinner at The Federal. The priest was a little… erm, abrupt I guess you could say. He and Drew will be friends for life I am sure ::cough, cough::. Luckily he redeemed himself a bit by delivering a lovely sermon during the wedding Mass, but he stole some of Drew’s best lines for the toast. 😉 At any rate, rehearsal came and went and then we were off to dinner. The Federal was absolutely amazing. I would really love to go back there for dinner sometime. The buffet had so much food — pork tenderloin, salmon, chicken bolognese (which I am sure people are STILL talking about, LOL…), tons of antipasto stuff, prociutto (sorry, too lazy to spellcheck), salads… it was all wonderful. After that the guys slept at Mike’s, and Jenn (the matron of honor) and I went back to Kathy’s parents’ house for the night.
The girls who were doing our hair came at 6 AM sharp. I volunteered to go first because I’m a morning person (and used to getting up at the crack of dawn, like it or not.) The morning was a blur of getting ready, photos, all that good stuff. Jake did an awesome job as ring bearer. He took his position very seriously and he was very well-behaved at church as well. The Mass seemed to go by surprisingly quick and after some photos at the church we were off to Storrowton Tavern for the reception. Of course, with Hurricane Noel it was pretty windy and freezing. The weather could not have held off just one more day! Nevertheless we toughed it out for some outdoor photos. We froze our little buns off. Kathy’s mom had knit the girls all shawls to match our gowns, so we were so happy to have those to help us keep warm.
The reception was tons of fun! At least from my point of view, everything went absolutely perfect for their big day. If something was askew, I sure couldn’t tell! Drew’s toast was hysterical — random people he didn’t even know kept coming up to him and telling him how much they loved it! The food was fantastic. We are still talking about the bacon-wrapped scallops from the cocktail hour. Seriously, they might be the best I’ve ever had! So yummy. For dinner, Drew and I both had baked stuffed chicken breasts which came with twice-baked potato and mashed butternut squash — all delicious. The cake was a spice cake with cream cheese frosting and yummy as well. It was great seeing family and meeting Kathy’s relatives. The day passed very quickly, but by 5 we (especially the boys) were totally wiped out and ready to go home. They both fell asleep in the car within 15 minutes of starting on our way back home and barely even woke up to put their PJs on.
Now the happy couple is at The Equinox in Vermont, and they’re going on their real honeymoon in the Spring when they’ll be travelling to Italy and Scotland. Crazy how you plan and plan and in a blink — it’s over! But they did a great job and everyone we talked to had a fantastic time. I’ll leave you with a few photos from the day (it’s not easy snapping photos when you’re in the bridal party, so I will have to wait for the professional photos for good ones of Mike & Kathy). If you want to see more, you can check out the album on Flickr. (It’s friends & family only, but if you are a regular reader with a Flickr account, I will more than likely have no problem adding you.)