Friday, June 19, 2015

Walker wedding weekend

Two weekends ago we had the privilege of being a part of Steve and Brittany's wedding. Forrest and Steve are fraternity brothers and not only were we excited about the couple's wedding but we were also thrilled to spend the weekend with lots of our favorite college friends. Of course we took Charlotte, making it her very first weekend away. I was nervous about the car ride and her behavior at the wedding events but as my mom says life doesn't stop simply because you have a child so we prepared for the unexpected and hit the trail. Luckily she slept all the way there! Our friends Jody and Kristen told us one time that they took their son everywhere with them because they honestly didn't want to go without him. I loved that they said that because we feel the same way.  If it is safe and prudent we want to experience life with Charlotte so she is going with us as much as possible.

The rehearsal dinner was at sweet water brewery which was not only a really cool venue but also an appropriate one for a group of fraternity brothers from Alabama. It was great to catch up with old friends and to introduce them to our new love! The guys were all so cute as they talked baby talk to her and passed her around.

Little Miss C was wide eyed the whole time and LOVED being at the party. She is a party girl at heart--never wants to miss a thing!

On Saturday we went to visit my friend Deborah and her little girl Kaylee who is a year older than Charlotte. I hadn't seen Deborah in months and it was the first time she was meeting C. I loved seeing them but I really really enjoyed seeing little Kaylee and all she could do. The last time I saw her she was 10 days old!! I couldn't believe how much she had changed. Seeing her also made me excited for all the developments Charlotte will make over the next year.

Taking photos of a 3 month old and a 14 month old is next to impossible!

 After a good visit and a hilarious photo shoot we went to the buckhead diner for lunch before going back to the hotel for naps (all of us) and to get ready for the wedding. My brother and his fiancĂ© came to the hotel to stay with C while we were downstairs at the wedding. I know I just said I wanted to go everywhere with her but I didn't think a 3 month old would be a prudent addition to their ceremony and the seated dinner reception would definitely surpass her bed time. I just went upstairs to feed her when it was time and we had no issues!

Singing college fight songs with Uncle Roy

The wedding was the first Jewish ceremony that I had attended and it was quite beautiful. I loved the old prayers and traditions. The reception was quite over the top and fabulous, with a band called Simply Irreparable that played dance number after dance number and kept the crowd on the sparkly dance floor all night!

Dinner was steak and lobster--yum yum--and the black and white decor was timeless and modern all at the same time.

It's safe to say I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the evening! Charlotte actually celebrated by sleeping both nights in the hotel crib for 7 hours straight! Of course she hasn't done it since but it was nice while it lasted!! 

On Sunday we stopped by the farewell brunch to wish the couple well before we headed back home. The weekend was a complete success and we were really proud of ourselves for handling the new challenges that come with traveling with a baby with as much grace as we did. We didn't do it perfectly but we did our best and learned for next time!! 

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