Wisconsin Wedding Reception {Round Two}

We were so lucky to have not one but TWO wedding celebrations. Four weeks after getting married in Nashville, and celebrating a beautiful day with our family and friends, my family hosted a second party in my home state of Wisconsin. It was such a fun way to celebrate with friends and family who would not have made the trip to Nashville, but who have been such an important part of my life and my parents’ lives over the years. You may not know who these people are…but I’m sharing a few pictures anyway! (And stay tuned for a look at our wedding pictures tomorrow!!)

One of the biggest treats of the weekend was to stay at the most classic Bed and Breakfast in my home town. I have always wanted to stay there, and it was so special to have a mini-honeymoon there!


They were so sweet, and even had a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for us in our room!


And can you beat this view of my favorite little town?


Then, at the party, we used many of the decorations from our wedding to decorate the space. We had great food, gorgeous weather, and so much fun dancing and chit chatting with everyone! We even got my grandma out on the dance floor in her wheelchair. All in all, a great night! DSC_0019 DSC_0020{Welcoming my grandparents}

DSC_0032{Greeting our guests}

DSC_0046{Families meeting each other!}

DSC_0051 {The Pink Ladies :) }

DSC_0061{So many sweet and special words were shared…}

DSC_0076{Dad even got a little teary-eyed sharing stories from my youth}

DSC_0090{It was such a treat to have my mom sing with her old singing buddies!!}

DSC_0101{My silly friends!}

DSC_0105{Happy reuniting!}

DSC_0114  DSC_0125{My sweet daddy}

DSC_0128{My sweet grandpa!}

DSC_0155{Grandma on the dance floor!!}

DSC_0190{Dad, Annette, Jonathan and me}

DSC_0196{Mama, Jonathan, and me!}

The Bachelorette (not as seen on TV)

In spite of my more serious post yesterday, I have to say I’ve had such a blast will all of the incredible showers, parties, and other events that have led us up to this point, just weeks from our wedding day. I just had to share a few fun pictures of the most recent goings-on!


Over Memorial Day Weekend, me and 12 lovely ladies got to spend a long weekend lounging, laughing, and libating (is this a word? doubtful.). I have attended a good handful of bachelorette parties, but I have to say that NOTHING is so special as looking around a room (or lake house) and seeing 12 of the women you love most in the world, gathered to celebrate the changes in your life. There were tears as some of us reminisced about the silliness of our childhood. There were secrets revealed through silly games, and heart to heart moments. There was also, of course, plenty of sun bathing and drink sipping.


Long story short – we arrived at a beautiful lake house outside of Atlanta on Friday evening (thanks to Katy‘s uncle!!) and immediately began chatting and everyone began getting to know each other better. Saturday, we slept in, laid in the sun, went out on a boat, got fixed up, took many prom photos, went to a fancy dinner, and went out dancing. Sunday, we slept in later, laid in the sun, ate sandwiches, and went on a winery tour before eating homemade tacos and playing many silly games into the wee hours. And then Monday, we did the laundry and cleaned up the house before heading back into reality. I really could not have asked for anything more…



#39: Try on beautiful dresses with friends

When I wrote this list item, I imagined a few girlfriends and myself venturing into some boutique, where we do not belong (pretty woman style) and trying on all these great gowns. The only difference between us and Julia Roberts is that we wouldn’t actually buy everything on some millionaire’s credit card.

Oh, and we aren’t hookers.

But here’s what really happened. In the not so distant past, my little sister (from Big Brothers Big Sisters) and I went on an adventure to the mall. She is a girly girl, through and through, but does not have a ton of self-confidence (I mean, did you when you were 11?). So we wandered the dress section, and I suggested that we try on some dresses. I told her she could pick one out for me, and I would pick one out for her.

I found a dress for her that on most women, would probably be very short. However on her, it was a perfect, knee-length dress. Pink with roses all over the skirt, and strapless. I think she was actually stunned with herself when she put it on. The color was great on her, and I’m fairly certain she’s never worn anything made out of any sort of decent fabric.

So while it’s not what I originally imagined, I think it was a great way to fulfill #39 on the list.