Monday, August 17, 2015

a tale of two weddings

Two weddings in two days in two different cities. We had a very busy weekend in early August!

Friday evening, we left work and drove straight to South Bend for Wedding #1: Dave & Julie (one of my college roommates). After dinner at the Fiddler's Hearth, Dan and I walked from our hotel at St. Mary's to the grotto at Notre Dame to light a candle for Nolan.

cozy birdhouse | the grotto at notre dame

Saturday morning, I jogged to campus. It was hot and humid, but I always love running around the lakes! I completed my first Couch to 5K program running around those lakes with my friend Susie!

cozy birdhouse | view of the university of notre dame from across the lake

The wedding was held Saturday afternoon in nearby Mishawaka. Julie looked absolutely stunning, and the bridesmaids were beautiful in varying shades of pink/coral.

cozy birdhouse | julie and dave's wedding

The church was bright and pretty, but my favorite part was its proximity to Ritter's Frozen Custard, my favorite ice cream place in the entire world. Thank goodness we had some time between the ceremony and reception to grab a treat!

cozy birdhouse | ritters!!!!

The reception was held at the South Bend Country Club in the main room and outside deck overlooking a beautiful golf course. Julie surprised everyone by hiring the DJ from my college friends' favorite bar. The look on their faces when they discovered this little Easter Egg was priceless. My friends and I have maintained one continuous email chain for years with the subject line "Subjects Are For Organized People" (abbreviated to SAFOP). Because we live all over the country, we absolutely must take a group picture when we are all together!

cozy birdhouse | SAFOP

At the end of the night, we sent off the newlyweds with a tunnel of sparklers!

cozy birdhouse | julie and dave's wedding

Sunday morning, we went to church and immediately began the drive back home for Wedding #2: Karen & Brian (one of Dan's friends from work). We made it home around 3pm, and I had time for some power-resting (laying on the couch and watching an episode of Elementary from the DVR) before getting showered and dressed up again. The ceremony was held at outside (also at a golf course), and finished up just in time to avoid a light sprinkling of rain that came through. We enjoyed dancing and catching up with some friends we haven't seen in a little while at the reception.

cozy birdhouse | brian and karen's wedding

cozy birdhouse | at brian and karen's wedding

It was an exhausting weekend, but we were happy to spend it celebrating with so many close friends!

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