The day after I arrived in Minnesota we headed over to my Grandma's house for my sister Megan's bridal shower
The lovely umbrella cupcake cake - cute!!
The lovely nibbles table - lots of very nice food
My grandmas - Sis & Sally
Aunt Denise & me
Mom & her friends - so nice for so many people to come to the shower
Me & the Bride Megan
Megan looking lovely in her dress
One of the fun games involved drawing a picture of the bride - but you had to do it on the top of your head - very difficult! Megan got to choose who was the winner!
Joni, Jolie & Jani
Time to open gifts!!! (notice my notebook - I was the gift recorder! :)
Lovely cushions to match her new beadspread - they match the color of her bedroom
Aunt sue with one of the toasting glasses Joni & Jani decorated for Megan & Mike
cousin Jenny showing off some of the lovely embroidered gifts Megan got
Megan was a BIT embarrassed by this one - ha ha!
Joni used her fabulous scrapbooking machine to make the designs on this package - so cool!
The hosts - the aunties - from left Jani, Sue, Lolly, Megan, Joni, Denise & Julie
Megan & her Godmother Lolly (Leticia)
Sisters - Me, Mariah, Megan & Mandie
(back row l to r) Molly (Josh's fiance), Mariah, Jenny, Megan, Jolie, Jenny
(front row) Me, Katie, Mandie, MacKenzie & Lisa
Mom, Megan, Grandma Sally & Grandma Sis
The following Thursday evening - we had a 'bachlorette night out' for Megan
All dressed up as the Bride to Be!
Megan & the Grandmas
Me & Megan
Megan with the aunties - Jani, Joni & Denise
Putting out feet up - time to relax a bit!
Megan & auntie Julie
She did really well with the bachlorette bingo cards!
Sisters - I guess we all like pink! That wasn''t even planned:)
& the 3 aunties who are sisters - with Megan
Mike was at the Twins game for his bachelor night out - so we got this picture of Megan with one of the Minnesota Twins:)
This random guy bought Megan a cocktail as a congrats - that was nice:)
Megan & Grandma Sis
Another guy gave her $20 !?! NICE - early wedding gift!
Joni, Jenny & Me doing our best 'Blue Steel'
Grandma Sally & Julie
Jolie & her Mom Jani
Mariah got a strike - YAYYYY!
Bowling Bride ! Pretty darn cute
Mariah & Megan both got strikes!
Jani & her 'embarassing my Niece the Bride' t-shirt - lol
After a pitiful run of barely knocking down any pins I actually got a STRIKE!
It was a REALLY fun night - great to get out and celebrate
The next evening was time for the wedding rehearsal
Listening to the Deacon telling us what would happen tomorrow - Megan & the boys
Us girls listened as well to the church's wedding planner lady
Dad & Megan practicing the big walk down the aisle
The lovely couple - Megan & Mike
We also practiced sitting down during the ceremony..... Me, Mandie, Mariah & Jenny
I admit Marcus and I did not go to the rehearsal dinner......
A long time ago Marcus bought tickets to go see the Scottish band Travis perform - and he got me a ticket for my birthday! So after the rehearsal at the church we raced down there. Travis was FANTASTIC!!!! And Fran the lead singer is so fab - his voice was better than the album, they played a LOT of great old stuff, and he even walked into the crowd at one point and was only a few feet away from me!!!! They ROCK - I would SO go see them again!
Next day I was up early - Jolie picked me up and we headed over to Megan's to get ready for the BIG DAY!
Megan getting her hair done by Mariah's boyfriend's sister who is a hairdresser (also named Megan)
Jolie helped out Mandie & I with our hair as well (THANKS AGAIN JOLIE!!!!)
Megan all set in curlers!
HEYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! (Jolie also did all the makeup - fab!)
Eventually we made our way to the church - Jenny was workin' it!
my brother Marcus with cousins Trevor & Kyle
The girls had a little 'waiting room' at the back of the church where we hid out until it was time for the show - doesn't Megan look SOOOOOOOOO happy and beautiful here?!?!!
Dad at the church
The ceremony was beautiful & went really well!
Afterwards there was a receiving line
Mike, Jani & Megan outside of the church
Then the bridal party headed off for some park photos.... when we were finished we made our way to the reception venue
Luckily I got there JUST as my cousin Jenny was getting ready to take a few photos before heading off with her date Pat to the dance (a wedding & prom all in one day!!!)
Jenny & Me - doesn't she look STUUUUUUUUUUUUNING!!!! (and only 16!)
Me, Jenny & her Mom Denise
and another one of us - I'm SOOOOOOOOOO glad I got to see her in her stunning dress before she had to leave for Prom!!!!!
We had some time to kill before the reception - so we had cocktails in my parent's room
Me & my friend Jessi - she was a great help too with the setup at the reception venue!
My great Uncle Norman (my Mom's uncle) and aunt Denise
Mandie, Pat (Mariah's boyfriend) & Mariah
My Mom's friend Beth (who coordinated all the gorgeous decorations in the ballroom), Grandma & Mom
Uncle Kevin with the bride
Aunt Joni, Me & Megan
Joni & Mandie
Norman with his two nieces my Mom Deb & Denise
Grandma Sis & Mike - her new Grandson-in-law
Kevin, Mike & Kyle toasting the happy day!
Me with my two good friends Mike & Beth
My Mom's friend Beth put flowers on the cake - doesn't it look FAB!
Posing for a cake cutting photo!
Megan & Mike enjoying their fabulous red velvet cake
Dad with his brothers Joel & Jay - it was a happy event for everyone - fun to celebrate :)
Me with my friends Beth & Jessi
The happy couple!
The reception room looks fabulous!
Pat & Mariah
There was a LOT of glass tinkling - promting the couple to kiss - fun :)
For their first dance Marcus sang, played guitar & played harmonica to their favorite song
I can't remember the name of the song...... Marcus ???? can you put it in the comments?
Megan thanking Marcus - he really did do a great job
Then the dancing began!!!
Mother & Son enjoying a slow song
Sisters dancing together too - wow I guess I DID get tan this summer - lol
Grandma & Mandie
I am guessing YMCA? or something like that???
Beth & Megan
And a family shot - Grandma Sally & her kids
Sisters looking lovely
Marcus & Jessi
Beth & Mike
Me slow dancing with Grandma - I'm laughing cause I had to stick my bum really far out to get down to her height:)
Getting emotional - Me, Mom, Dad & Grandma
Beth, Jolie & Jessi
The next couple in our family to get married - Molly & Josh set their day for summer 2009!!
Kevin & Joni enjoying a dance
The band was GREAT - thus the dance floor was always filled!
This is what happens when the band plays Mustang Sally (my cousins pointing at Grandma Sally!)
Jani with the newly married couple
Tossing the bouquet
My great buddies - it was SO SO nice to see them - I love them both like sisters:)
Father of the bride & the bride
Dance Dance Dance!
And more dancing.....
I even got my cousin Johnny to slow dance with me for one song!
Beth & My Dad dancing - they later cut in on me & Johnny so Dad and I could dance together too:)
Beth & Joni being silly
Anyhow - to wrap up it was a FANTASTIC NIGHT!
I flew out the next day, no fun to have to leave so soon after the wedding, but I had to get back to work. I miss everyone like crazy, but I also will treasure the happy times on Saturday night.