Well, it’s official: wedding season has begun! One of my favorite things about Springtime (besides the increasingly
warmer hot weather-Atlanta is supposed to be in the high 80’s all week!), is the steady trickle of wedding invitations that start coming in through the mail. Our fridge has several save the date magnets for 2012 weddings on it! This past weekend we traveled back home to Kentucky, more specifically Louisville, to celebrate the wedding of Drew’s cousin, Evan, to Danielle. The weekend was absolutely amazing, especially since we got to visit and spend time with so many friends and family members.
Drew and I got an early start Friday morning, taking Theo to the boarder for the long weekend, and then making the drive Louisville. Unlike 99% of our other road trips to Kentucky, we didn’t encounter any traffic and were even able to make a leisurely lunch stop before reaching Nanny and Granddaddy’s house. That night we headed to the beautiful church downtown for the rehearsal ceremony. It was so great to see that side of the family, many of whom we hadn’t seen since our own wedding. We sat with Andrew and Bethany, and had a good time catching up with them since we last saw them over Christmas. Throughout the rehearsal, Evan and Danielle didn’t seem too nervous, I’m sure they were excited and ready for their big day as much as anyone.
After the rehearsal, we headed to Marketplace Restaurant for dinner. The restaurant itself is beautiful, but the back room that was reserved for our party was simply breathtaking. I can’t say enough good things about the food-all of us could have easily eaten plate after plate of their parmesan-crusted fries. They reminded Drew and me of the fries we always order whenever we have date night at JCT Kitchen. All of our entrees and dessert were delicious as well. It’s too bad we don’t live closer; I know we would be making quite a few trips back to Marketplace for dinner (more specifically, those fries!)
We spent the day on Saturday visiting with Bethany, Andrew and Venita, who came over for lunch. We can always count on being fed well whenever we visit Nanny and Granddaddy; there is never a shortage of sweets, that’s for sure! Drew’s parents arrived not long after, along with the always fashionable Smokey. We were able to visit with them a bit before heading on to the church. When we arrived, we were able to see Danielle posing for a few photos in front of the big red doors of the church. She and Evan did a “sneak peek” photo shoot, as he reached for her hand on the other side of the door. It was so sweet to see them both so happy, knowing that they were holding the other’s hand even if they couldn’t see each other just yet. No doubt those photos are going to turn out beautifully!
The ceremony itself was beautiful and the church was filled with friends and family. We sat closer to the front as Drew was to read a passage of scripture during the ceremony. When the doors opened and Danielle and her father walked down the aisle, I had to steal a glance at Evan. I know everyone always looks at the bride during this moment, but it was amazing to see the look on Evan’s face as he watched his bride walk toward him. I hope their photographer was able to capture that moment because it was truly special.
The reception took place at the Louisville Zoo and definitely turned out to be as fun as we thought it would. After being greeted at the entrance by several zoo animals, we took a short golf cart ride to where the tented reception was taking place. After grabbing a drink and heading inside to find our table, we took a look at the menu. Once again, there was no shortage of food–several stations were set up all throughout the tent offering different cuisines: sushi, fajitas, pasta and a mashed potato martini bar were just a few of the goodies being served. The highlight had to be the chocolate cake with the most amazing frosting I’ve ever tasted (and trust me, I’ve eaten a lot of frosting!) The lighting, table settings and decorations were absolutely beautiful; the zoo theme was in full effect with tables named after animals and a zebra-striped candy buffet table.
Mid-way through dinner, the weather outside took a turn for the worse and it ended up hailing the size of golf balls. It was a little alarming at first since it had been bright and sunny when we arrived. Thankfully it settled down after a bit and we were able to continue enjoying the evening. The best part is that I don’t think the weather even fazed Evan and Danielle as their smiles didn’t leave their faces the entire night. After mingling with the family and bit more and dancing to a few songs, Drew and I said our goodbyes to everyone and headed back to Nanny and Granddaddy’s house.
The next morning we awoke early and enjoyed a quick breakfast with Nanny and Granddaddy before they headed off to church. One of the things I was most excited for during the weekend was meeting my Mom and Dad and Uncle Doug for lunch at Cheddar’s before having to head back to Atlanta. I hadn’t seen any of them since around Christmastime, so it was a visit very much overdue! I’m so glad we were able to visit with them as phone calls and email just aren’t the same. Thankfully it sounds like we won’t have to go as long until our next visit. Mom and Dad sent us back with a large cooler full of goodies so it looks like Drew and I won’t have to cook for ourselves for quite a while. Thank you both so much for taking care of us as always. Uncle Doug, thanks for treating us to lunch!
It was a wonderful weekend, and we’re so happy we were able to see as many friends and family members as we did. Nanny and Granddaddy, thank you both so much for allowing us to stay with you-we always have such good visits with you all and are very much looking forward to a weekend at the lake. Bethany and Andrew, we had so much fun with you both—you all need to make a trip to Atlanta ASAP ;-) And finally, to Evan and Danielle, we wish you nothing but the best as you begin your new life together. We’re so incredibly happy for you two and we’re honored we were able to be a part of your special day!