We had a big, exciting family weekend! Aunt Erica got married! The boys were the ring bearers, Alex was an usher, and I played the processional and a piece with my niece Emma on violin. So it was quite the family affair! I got to go to a bridal luncheon on Friday, which was nice and it was great to see all of Alex's sisters. The first picture is from the rehearsal. We brought the boys to familiarize them with the space and let them "practice" going down the aisle. Then the boys went home and to bed (thanks Ashley for babysitting!!) and we got to have a delicious Italian meal at the rehearsal dinner.
The next morning was busy trying to pack everything we thought we might need for the day. My friend Ashlyn came along as our extra pair of hands, since I was busy during the ceremony. The boys looked SO cute in their suits. I wish we could have gotten a few more pictures, but they did not want to sit still. I'm hoping for a few more good ones from the wedding photographer, since I didn't get to see them come down the aisle. But they did a great job!! Alex walked down with them, and I could hear everyone "ooh and ahh" over them and laugh at all the cute stuff they did. They kept stopping to say hi to people as they walked. We had decided not to keep them in the ceremony room, so the only time they cried was when Alex carried them back out after they walked down!! Ashlyn walked them in the stroller so Alex got to come back in for a bit of the ceremony. I was really nervous to play, but I knew no one was really paying attention to me...everyone just wants to see the beautiful bride, Erica! :)
After the ceremony, we went outside for pictures. It was a beautiful sunny day, but still cold. It was on a golf course, so we eventually let the boys out of the stroller to run around with their cousins for a bit. That was where I got some of my best pictures! All the boy cousins had fun "riding" and "driving" the golf carts. The twins were not very happy to be picked up for the family pictures, so hopefully some of them turn out without both boys screaming. We headed in for the reception and got to sit at the table with our cousin Josh. Just three handsome dudes in high chairs! :) After they ate, we let them roam around for a bit and they danced with their cousins Noah and Josh. That was so sweet to watch! But they were starting to get cranky from lack of a nap, so Ashlyn pushed them around in the stroller until they fell asleep. They napped for a while, which meant that Alex and I could at least socialize for a bit, but when they woke back up they were both still cranky and wanting to be held (by only me.) So we didn't get to stay as long as we'd have liked, but since we still had an hour drive home, we headed out!
It was a really beautiful wedding and so great to see all of Alex's family. Erica did an amazing job with all of the details. Can't wait to see a few more pictures from the professional! Congrats, Erica and Nathan! I wish we could have seen and visited with everyone more...it will be easier now that Erica is living in Indy again! Definitely looking forward to the family vacation this summer for more time to catch up and more chances to get some cute cousin pictures! :)