Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Aaron and Karina's wedding weekend

I have to admit that this past weekend in Asheville, NC was really the first time I felt "normal" in a long time. We packed up, went on a trip, had fun--just like normal. It was a great time spent with family celebrating the new life of a wonderful couple! Here is a look!

We left home Thursday at lunch. Charlotte took a 2 hour nap in the car (unheard of with her--typically she won't sleep more than 45 min in the car) so she was refreshed and in a good mood when we arrived at the Biltmore Village Hotel. I was SO excited to be staying on the Biltmore property! Aside from being gorgeous, there were tons of activities right at our doorstep! That evening we met up with family and friends at the Red Stag for dinner and drinks and to kick off the wedding weekend. I took zero pictures, which is super sad because C looked darling and I really loved her outfit.

The next day we headed to the Biltmore house. Charlotte was so excited to ride the shuttle bus (an excellent perk of staying on the estate), and as we came around the corner and the house came into view, she screamed "Beauty and the Beast!!!". She thought the home was Beast's castle and spent the entire tour saying "Belle, where are you??". It really was the cutest. 

We met up with Aunt Paula, Charlotte's godmother, and Uncle Tom for lunch on the estate before heading to the petting zoo. While we napped, Forrest went to the rehearsal and we met him at the dinner at 12 Bones afterwards. This was a funky BBQ place and C loved that she could color on the walls!

The next morning, Forrest attended Range Rover driving school. He did a timed test and so far is the fastest time and if he wins, he gets a trip to drive in Peru. I don't think I will join him on that--I have had plenty of the Peruvian wilderness to last a life time!! Charlotte and I had breakfast and then headed to the stables for a carriage. Forrest was able to meet us in time and we really had a great experience on this tour. Charlotte loved the horses, Bob and Jay, or "Hadley's daddy" as C called him. The guides were very informative, views spectacular, and the ride was so pleasant. I highly recommend!!

Afterwards we went to the Lioncrest for a delicious lunch with Davis and Megumi. 
We also took a quick swim in the hotel pool before sending Forrest off to hang with the groomsmen. Of course we girls took a nap before getting dressed and ready for the wedding. The Crest Pavilion was a lovely setting for a wedding and even though it was super hot everything was gorgeous. Charlotte loved seeing the bride and bridesmaids (princesses to her) all dressed up but she did NOT like that Forrest was standing in the front. At one point she said "I want my daddy" quite loudly and I had to clap my hand over her mouth. When the groomsmen processed out after the wedding, she couldn't take it and ran to him and walked out with him. Luckily I was sitting in the back on the end so she didn't have far to go. What can I say, my sweet girl loves her daddy. We had a fun night celebrating and dancing with our family before she got too tired (and maybe hit Uncle Davis) and we had to go home.
The next day was Father's Day and we celebrated Forrest by letting him safely drive us home. He is so good to us and works so hard for us and we love him so so much! The weekend was a great success and a wonderful way to spend time with family while celebrating Aaron and Karina, Father's Day, and our anniversary as well!



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