I am a firm believer in destiny and that if you allow it, every adventure will lead you to exactly where you are supposed to be. Such was the case in the journey to starting our family and such was the case with my sister whose journey was now leading up to beginning a life married to a great guy.
On the other hand in order to allow our path to intersect with my sister’s, it meant that our current destiny would include a 13+ hour car ride with two kids.
Again, you don’t question they why, you just enjoy the where.
So after a few hours of sleep, we all piled into the car that thankfully Jenn had packed while I was out of town. I still had no idea what clothes I would have during this vacation.
Jenn & I did achieve a Pinnacle Parenting Success…no technology for the entire trip, just music (a lot of Cake By The Ocean and I mean a lot of Cake By The Ocean), coloring supplies and fun worksheets. Our success would obviously not last for the whole trip, but it was a great start.
Aunt ELO basically organized and planned her entire wedding to be a “seemingly” low key affair with an amazing Barn backdrop and unique food trucks and a beer truck. The only issue with having a wedding at an nontraditional spot, is that Friday morning Grace, Erin and I were moving hay bales and cleaning up.
This was my first exposure to all of her efforts, and I have to say I was impressed. It had a very hipster magazine type of feel and you could tell that the whole affair would be very detailed without ever seeming over the top.
The big day had arrived. We all got ready and made our way to the barn. Erin & Wayne would be taking all the pictures before the wedding, so that it could truly be a party once it started. It made it nice to have that finished and over with, then we could settle in and get a drink before everything started.
I settled in my place up front next to Wayne ready to play a Zach Brown song as the crowd parted and Erin walked down to a thunderous WWE applause with Nolin, Grace, Waverly and my dad. Apparently the mic was never on, so I looked more like the weird guy trying to keep Wayne’s attention in hopes that he wouldn’t run.
The wedding was awesome. My mom & dad cried (not sure if it was because they were so happy that Erin had found Wayne, or if they were glad that now she was officially someone else’s problem). Erin & Wayne laughed and just enjoyed themselves.
An outdoor summertime wedding can always be tricky, but they lucked out with temperatures in the low 80’s which kept most people out and about around the food trucks and beer trucks. This also meant that my kids basically owned the dance floor and the giant Jenga blocks which put me on pickup duty.
We stayed until about 9:30 before packing the kids up and heading home. Our kids could have stayed all night, but I think Jenn & I were exhausted. Erin & I have always been very close and I was so happy that it was the day she wanted and we got an excellent addition to our family!
It was a beautiful, amazing day and such a great venue!!! You all are a most AMAZING family!!! I’m honored to know all the O’Brien family💕