Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Winter Wedding Recap

On Saturday, 12/13/14, approximately 13,000 weddings occurred. My baby sister's was one of them... 

Before I get into everything, can we all just take a second to appreciate the fact that my sister's name is officially Brittany Gross. Yes... she went from Brittany Bliss to Brittany Gross. #grosspartyof2 

We had a winter storm on Wednesday, so the ground was covered with a thick blanket of white snow, but the roads were cleared so everyone made it safely. We had spent a lot of time worrying about the weather (even though it was totally pointless) so it was a huge relief to get the perfect conditions. 

I had also spent a lot of time worrying about Ella's performance at the wedding... which were merited. We had to wake Ella up from her nap around 1:45 in order to have her ready for the 3 p.m. ceremony. It did not go well... she cried the whole time she had her hair done. But she started to pull it together & I was hopeful the ceremony would go fine. We made it down the aisle, hand in hand because there was no way I was going to risk having her walk alone, and she immediately went to sit with my mom. That's when I made the mistake of letting out a sigh of relief. Just as my dad sat down with my mom, she started crying. It only lasted a minute & a half before Eric's mom popped out of nowhere with a Curious George book, but I'm quite sure that my dad had his hand over her mouth at one point... 

She was content for the rest of the ceremony, and walked right up the aisle with her daddy afterwards. Then the tears started again. Then my mother-in-law (seriously, my hero of the day) swooped in to take her & get her calmed down. Thankfully... we got her pulled together again for family photos & I actually never saw her cry again the rest of the night. But OMG, she was a mess for awhile there people. 

a very blurry family photo... praying that her photographer got a better one!

Once we finished with family photos inside, the bridal party put on our boots & coats to head outside for our photos. It was cold, but based on even the most preliminary photos I've seen, it was worth it. The photographer was kind enough to let us wear our coats over our dresses, then her assistant held all of them whenever we had to strip down for photos. My sister was a serious trooper... she wore only her off the shoulder fur the whole time, except for the 5 minutes that they shot the boys when she let me wrap her up in a blanket. The girl must have been running on adrenaline, because I was wearing a puffer coat & still freezing! 

an instagram sneak peek from @teamswales

Cocktail hour started at 5 p.m. in the ski lodge's pub, then was immediately followed by the reception just down the hall. I cannot say enough good things about the food at Greek Peak or the DJ. They were both phenomenal. I always think a good wedding boils down to three things - a good meal, good music, and dessert. We had all three.

Instead of opting for a traditional buffet, my sister chose to do stations. So, we had a carving station with the juciest meat I've ever had on a buffet, a build your own potato bar, and a Mexican station. Yes - my sister had tacos at her wedding & it was awesome. 

Then there was DJ Napps... if you are getting married anywhere in Upstate NY, you need him. I've never heard a wedding DJ this good (and trust me, I loved my wedding DJ at the time.) What made him stand out was that he didn't just play a song, then another song - he actually mixes all the music into medleys & mashups so that the dance floor is packed all night long. My fave of the night? Easily Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" mashed up with Rihanna's "We Found Love." Although his 90's boyband mix was a huge hit too... 

So yeah... my sister's wedding was amazing. I am so happy that my whole family got to be a part of it. It was a weekend that I know we'll always remember & I hope it was everything my sister dreamed of. 

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