I will try to be brief so that we can get back to the topic of quilting, but I know that many of you are anxiously awaiting details.
The official wedding events began on Thursday evening with the traditional rehearsal.
Jon and Lauren included lots of personal touches. To decorate the ceremony site they used old black & white family photos. They also had Lindsay (Lauren's little sister) sing durring the ceremony and she knocked their socks off!
Rehearsal was followed by the traditional dinner for both families at the kids favorite French bistro. That's Lauren's brother & sister, Brandon and Lindsay on the left and Jon's brothers Chris and Alex on the right. The six of them are one happy family already! Parents were there too and we all had a fun filled and delicious evening.
Friday was filled with hair, make-up and last minute details which included finding a new indoor location to take photos because the weather was not cooperating and it had started to rain. The crisis was overted and the bride was finally dressed and ready to go!
Luckily the kids are friends with a wonderful couple that work at the museum that is housed in an old train station. The Moony's not only helped them out, but allowed them access to wonderful settings that "comon folk" would never have the opportunity to use. The photographer took over 400 shots before the ceremony!
I was a bit too busy trying not to cry to take any ceremony photos.
After the ceremony they danced and partied with family and friends until the reception ended and the old folks went home. Then the bridal party and friends continued the festivities well into the wee hours of the morning at their favorite local hangout.
The late hour didn't prevent any of them from getting up to attend the brunch on Saturday for the out-of-town guests that was held at Chez' Nora, a great little restaurant in Covington, just blocks from their new home.
The skies had cleared and it was a beautiful day for exploring their little town.
After brunch many of the guests enjoyed the Octoberfest activities, food and craft vendors along the main street before stopping by the bride and grooms Open House to see their new home and have yet another bite to eat.
To top off the weekend Lauren and Jon joined 50+ of their family and friends to walk across the river to attend the baseball game at The Great American Ballpark. The weather was perfect, the company couldn't have been better and even the scoreboard congratulated the new and very happy Mr. & Mrs. Olson!
The newlyweds are off on their honeymoon in Montreal, the guests have returned to the far flung corners of the world, so I guess it is back to the real world and playing catch-up with that to do list.
Fortunately great memories last a lifetime!