Well, time has certainly flown by since my last update. Since then pretty much everything revolved around our wedding.
After the fair, we turned around and went back to PA the following weekend for the wedding of my friends Cory and Austin. It was a beautiful wedding and gave us some ideas for our own!
We then turned around to come back on Sunday morning for another Latino music festival in Virginia.
Then it was planning, planning and more planning. I honestly don’t remember what else we might have done the entire month of September. Our wedding was October 10, and from what I know, all went well.
I drove up to PA on Thursday and got to hang out with some of my bridesmaids that evening. Friday we went for manicures and pedicures which was super relaxing. From there, we went to Olive Garden to eat and then to Tussey Mountain to decorate. The decorating went really quickly (I guess that’s what happens when you have 5 bridesmaids, 2 junior bridesmaids and a mom to help out!). I went to check the boys in at their hotel since we didn’t know what time they’d be getting there in the evening and then it was time for the rehearsal. Except the boys weren’t there yet.
So we took advantage of the time to decorate the pews (simple bows and leaves) and set up the church. Pastor Nathan also worked on his Spanish! The boys finally showed up only about 45 minutes late, minus the best man. Unfortunately he had to work and wasn’t there for the rehearsal at all! But it was okay because he didn’t really have to do anything during the service.
The rehearsal went well and then we had dinner in the church basement. There was a ton of food and a bunch of Grange folk came to help out (mostly because they wanted to see what was going on!). After dinner, the girls “kidnapped me” and took me to Jenna’s house while Matthew took the boys to Hooters.
The girls had gathered a bunch of ridiculous props for me (including a fuzzy pink crown, a Bachlorette sash, a veil and a huge blinking “diamond” ring), made even more food (which involved chocolate) and gave me a bunch of lingerie…I gave the girls their gifts which included a bag that I embroidered their first initial on, their jewelry for the next day, and a note.
Since some of my bridesmaids are good friends with the groomsmen and rarely get to see each other, we decided that it would be fun to get back together that night and just relax. We ended up at Cory’s parents’ house where we relaxed in the 12 person hot tub for a few hours before heading back to sleep!
Sleep? Who slept? Well, I did sleep, but not for very long! At 6 am or so, Jenna rolled over (we slept over at her house) and was like “YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED TODAY!” We did manage to get a little more shut eye before getting up for the day.
After breakfast and coffee (very important!), I headed to the church with Tina and Heather to make sure everything was in order. Susan and Greta brought the BEAUTIFUL flowers soon thereafter and we began to prepare for the day. Cory came to help the girls with their hair and make up while Jenna did mine. It took close to 3 hours for her to curl my hair, but it looked great when all was said and done!
We took a bunch of pictures before the wedding – mostly the ones with all the guys and the ones with all the girls.
The ceremony started right at 3:30 and went really well. The pastor did say that Elvis tried to call me every day for 6 months instead of 6 weeks (that would have been TOO long), but that just made everyone laugh. It was good that he made them laugh, because I made them all cry! 🙂 I said I think the second line of my vows and then realized that there was no way I was going to get through the rest of them without crying. I tried to collect myself and continue, but it just wasn’t happening! Tears poured out of my eyes and, according to Aunt Thelma, “there wasn’t a dry eye in the place.” Before we knew it, we were pronounced husband and wife! We dismissed everyone from the church and then took more pictures. Shortly thereafter, we arrived at Tussey.
Everyone was announced as they entered, Elvis and I danced our first dance (a marimba waltz) and then I danced with my Dad. Martha (the girl I used to babysit) cried the whole time I was dancing with my Dad…so sweet! I just didn’t look at my Dad so that I could avoid doing the same! Then there was a toast, food, cake cutting, surprising Philip with a cake (it was his 21st, after all) and DANCING!
We danced for the rest of the time and it was SOOOO much fun! The DJ played mostly latino music, which was wonderful for Elvis and I, but we weren’t sure how my family would like it. Before we knew it, Aunt Thelma and Aunt Barb were up there dancing with us and George Witherite joined in, too! We did play some more typical songs like the Chicken Dance (everyone said don’t do it, but that’s the song everyone danced to!) and the YMCA (at which Uncle Danny decided he was dyslexic and wanted to dance the ACMY) and some slow songs as well. It was a LOT of fun!
We also ended up with the absolutely most perfectly wonderful sunset which was amazingly gorgeous and led to some beautiful photos!
After the reception, we headed to the hotel where we called Elvis’ family and talked to them some more. I really wish that they could have been there on the big day, but we knew that it wasn’t going to be possible, so calling was the next best thing. Actually several of his cousins and family members called during the day and we had a chance to talk to them then which was cool. We’re also planning on having a party sometime if we can get there to visit!
On Sunday, we opened gifts and then drove back to Maryland. We slept in on Monday and then headed to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. It was absolutely gorgeous there with all the leaves changing color and the views over the mountains. We saw some deer when we arrived and camped on Monday night. It was REALLY cold, though, so we decided that we weren’t going to stay another night. We did head farther down Skyline Drive on Tuesday, saw a mama bear and 2 cubs, walked a bit to see a waterfall, and then left the park.
On the way back, we went to Luray Caverns because Elvis had never been in a cave before. It was kind of neat because it’s a self-guided tour (they give you earphones), so you can take your time to see the things you want to see. Elvis was kind of worried about a stalactite falling on his head, but it was really neat. There are actually some pretty cool formations in the cave. My favorite part is a section where there is water on the ground but it is absolutely still, so there is a reflection of the stalactites on the floor and it’s really pretty.
Wednesday I tried to clean some things up around the house while Elvis was back at work. That evening we received the news that my Grandma Walters had passed away which was upsetting, but was also something we knew was around the corner. We had already bought our tickets to see the US-Costa Rica World Cup Qualifying Match here in DC, so we decided that we would go there anyway. It was a really exciting match, but unfortunately we had decided to leave before the US scored the tying goal in the 5th minute of stoppage time!
Thursday and Friday were spent at the house cleaning and arranging things. Saturday we went to see part of the University of Maryland football game, but it was cold and rainy, so we went home early. Some of the guys came over to look at wedding pics and eat and such that night.
Sunday Matthew and I made the trek back to PA for Grandma’s viewing and funeral and then back to MD on Monday. Now things are back to “normal”, I guess. Worked some last week and this week is my first full week back in the office since…early August, I believe. Craziness, right? The one thing that isn’t completely normal is that Elvis is finally taking the class he needs to take to get his driver’s license, so he hasn’t been back home until 9pm or so. That means all the cooking, cleaning and other household tasks fall to me this week which is mostly okay, but somewhat tiring…oh well. Maybe someday everything will be normal…what is normal???