Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Weekend Away

This weekend was a whirlwind. Here's the rundown. (I'm able to post today because I'm procrastinating packing for my next trip, which I leave for at 4am tomorrow morning.)

Matt and I flew up to Cleveland Saturday morning, spent time with my grandparents, caught an Indians game (and caught up with one of my fellow All Star teachers in the process), and popped by Meredith and Chris's rehearsal dinner.
Grandma made my favorite pie!
The pie has a meringue crust, lemon custard/mousse filling, and is topped with homemade whipped cream!
Me and Jacqui, the Indians' All Star Teacher!
At the rehearsal dinner, we saw the protests against the not guilty verdict at Brelo's trial. They were peaceful when we saw them, and I was really moved. If you're not familiar with the case, I recommend reading up on it.
Sunday we relaxed in the morning and took our time getting ready for the wedding. The ceremony and reception were held at the Tudor Arms Hotel, a huge, gorgeous old hotel in downtown Cleveland. I really don't cry at weddings, but this one got me.
Reciting the vows.
Pure joy!! Mere told me she brought a picture of my dress when she went shopping for hers; what a compliment! And hers was gorgeous!
Meredith and I went to school "together" for years, but she's a year younger than me; her friends from our school district were acquaintances to me, and I wondered if it would be weird to see them. It was actually pretty nice to catch up with familiar faces.
They provided yarmulkes embossed with the date of the wedding. Matt looked really good in his!
Waiting for dinner!
 One of the best parts of the wedding was the MOH's speech. She talked about Meredith and Chris's love and support for one another, but what touched me most was when she recalled that she and Meredith weren't easy friends, although they're sisters. They, as she put it, "built" their friendship, and that's made her more grateful for it. I remember Jacqueline as a kid, and the entire speech was so honest and heart-felt...It was just perfect.
With the gorgeous bride!
Doesn't he clean up nicely?!
With mom!
We flew out early Monday but didn't get home until after 7pm. I love how cuddly Archie is after a few days alone. I barely unpacked because I fly out again Wednesday. Washington, DC with 80 14-year-olds? I hope they're ready for us! (Obviously radio silence will resume while I'm on the trip. I really miss having a normal schedule!)

What's your favorite part about weddings?
When's the last time you flew?



  1. Safe travels and enjoy DC! Loved your halter dress from the baseball game.

  2. Oh my gosh what a great weekend! You look gorgeous and that wedding looks super exquisite!

    Question: How do you get your photos up on the top of the page near your title??? I have no clue how to do that!

  3. I've always thought your wedding dress was spectacular. When I saw your friend's dress it immediately reminded me of yours!

    (And re-reading this comment I feel creepy... like this weirdo who was totally not invited to your wedding but who knows and remembers what your dress looked like. Of course, I am that weirdo so I guess I should just own it and hit publish!) :)

  4. Looks like a gorgeous wedding! Wedding ceremonies always make me emotional... especially if the groom gets choked up. Your dress is so cute!!

  5. Wow you are such a jet setter! And you are rocking that dress! Good luck in DC- how long are you staying?

  6. Sounds like a great weekend! You looked great, by the way!

    Have a great time in DC! I'm not gonna lie, I don't envy having to travel with 80 middle schoolers, but DC is such a fun place to visit! Enjoy!

  7. The police brutality thing is a difficult one for me. I know that sometimes police use unnecessary force of abuse their power when apprehending suspects but there are also several cases where suspects shoot police and kill them because the police didn't use enough caution. It's kind of a double edged sword. That being said, I did read the report from your link and I have to conclude that I think it was excessive use of force in this case, especially since someone knew the pair wasn't armed.

    Have a great trip to DC! I still remember our trip in middle school- it was a pretty cool experience! Also you look fabulous in that dress :-)

  8. My daughter went on the field trip to DC a couple of weeks ago. They had a great time. However, you couldn't pay me to go on a trip with 8th graders!!!
    You look great at the wedding. I always cry at weddings...

  9. That dress is incredibly gorgeous! I am so behind on blogs, I am sure you are back from DC by now. I hope the trip was amazing!