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Wedding Pics of People You Don’t Know

Hello, I’m back!  Did you miss me?  I landed back in DC at 11:20 last night, and wanted to cry when my alarm went off at 6 am this morning.  However, here I am back at work with a crap load of work to do.  The wedding weekend in Wisconsin was beautiful and a lot of fun, and I can’t even tell you how many times I had to answer the questions, “When are you guys getting engaged?” and “When are you moving here?”  Hint, it was a lot, haha.

I arrived in Milwaukee Thursday night at 7:11 pm without a hitch, and Darren and I enjoyed a lovely dinner at Carrabba’s before heading back to his house to watch a movie.  I made it about an hour in before I passed out… oops.  Friday, we spent the morning at the mall buying my love, summer appropriate dress clothes before hitting the road for the resort on Lake Geneva.

After getting all checked in, we made our way down to the pool to hang with the other members of the wedding party who also arrived a day early, before they had to leave for the rehearsal.

view of the pool from our balcony

After wedding duties were done for the day, the group of us headed out to a nearby bar for a few drinks before calling it a night.  The wedding ceremony was at 11 on Saturday morning, and I didn’t want to be dealing with a hangover.  Dar was up, showered, dressed, and out the door by 9 am, leaving me the whole room to get ready.

outside of the church

The ceremony was a full Catholic mass, lasting about an hour, with the only misstep being when the bride said she would take her groom as, “my wife”.  We all got a good laugh.

the bride and her dad

the new mr and mrs

There was a 5 hour gap between the end of the ceremony and start of cocktail hour, during which the bridal party was gone taking pictures.  I had no idea what to do with myself, so I took a nap, and it was glorious.  I was ready to party when 5 pm rolled around.

dar and andrew, ushers, at cocktail hour

The reception got underway at 6, with a lovely sit down dinner, and dancing commenced as soon as the speeches wrapped up, and the plates were cleared off the tables.  Dar and I were on the dance floor most of the night, and partied our butts off until midnight when the reception closed down.

Yesterday, I was feeling a little under the weather, but when Darren suggested we spend the afternoon before my flight looking at engagement rings, I instantly perked up.  I swear, he actually suggested that.  We spent an hour and half in a store learning about diamonds, well Darren was learning about diamonds, I was just trying on every ring in the store.  The last ring I tried on was the one we both ended up loving, despite it being completely different from what I thought I wanted.

Not engaged, just trying it out!

That center stone is a little bigger than what I would actually get, and it’s just sitting in the setting, but you get the idea.  Darren left the store with lots of papers, and feeling much more informed about the whole diamond buying process.  I left the store missing the sparkling piece of jewelry, haha.

My next visit with my love isn’t until October sometime, no actual dates are set yet, which made saying goodbye last night a little more difficult.  It’s easier knowing exactly how many days/weeks it will be until you see each other again.  He’s thinking about making a trip out on what would have been our 10 year anniversary.  It all depends on work though, so we’ll see what happens.

Anyway, fun weekend, lots of drinking, I’m really tired.  Off to catch up on what you all were up to!