Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Winter Wedding Recap

On Saturday, 12/13/14, approximately 13,000 weddings occurred. My baby sister's was one of them... 

Before I get into everything, can we all just take a second to appreciate the fact that my sister's name is officially Brittany Gross. Yes... she went from Brittany Bliss to Brittany Gross. #grosspartyof2 

We had a winter storm on Wednesday, so the ground was covered with a thick blanket of white snow, but the roads were cleared so everyone made it safely. We had spent a lot of time worrying about the weather (even though it was totally pointless) so it was a huge relief to get the perfect conditions. 

I had also spent a lot of time worrying about Ella's performance at the wedding... which were merited. We had to wake Ella up from her nap around 1:45 in order to have her ready for the 3 p.m. ceremony. It did not go well... she cried the whole time she had her hair done. But she started to pull it together & I was hopeful the ceremony would go fine. We made it down the aisle, hand in hand because there was no way I was going to risk having her walk alone, and she immediately went to sit with my mom. That's when I made the mistake of letting out a sigh of relief. Just as my dad sat down with my mom, she started crying. It only lasted a minute & a half before Eric's mom popped out of nowhere with a Curious George book, but I'm quite sure that my dad had his hand over her mouth at one point... 

She was content for the rest of the ceremony, and walked right up the aisle with her daddy afterwards. Then the tears started again. Then my mother-in-law (seriously, my hero of the day) swooped in to take her & get her calmed down. Thankfully... we got her pulled together again for family photos & I actually never saw her cry again the rest of the night. But OMG, she was a mess for awhile there people. 

a very blurry family photo... praying that her photographer got a better one!

Once we finished with family photos inside, the bridal party put on our boots & coats to head outside for our photos. It was cold, but based on even the most preliminary photos I've seen, it was worth it. The photographer was kind enough to let us wear our coats over our dresses, then her assistant held all of them whenever we had to strip down for photos. My sister was a serious trooper... she wore only her off the shoulder fur the whole time, except for the 5 minutes that they shot the boys when she let me wrap her up in a blanket. The girl must have been running on adrenaline, because I was wearing a puffer coat & still freezing! 

an instagram sneak peek from @teamswales

Cocktail hour started at 5 p.m. in the ski lodge's pub, then was immediately followed by the reception just down the hall. I cannot say enough good things about the food at Greek Peak or the DJ. They were both phenomenal. I always think a good wedding boils down to three things - a good meal, good music, and dessert. We had all three.

Instead of opting for a traditional buffet, my sister chose to do stations. So, we had a carving station with the juciest meat I've ever had on a buffet, a build your own potato bar, and a Mexican station. Yes - my sister had tacos at her wedding & it was awesome. 

Then there was DJ Napps... if you are getting married anywhere in Upstate NY, you need him. I've never heard a wedding DJ this good (and trust me, I loved my wedding DJ at the time.) What made him stand out was that he didn't just play a song, then another song - he actually mixes all the music into medleys & mashups so that the dance floor is packed all night long. My fave of the night? Easily Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" mashed up with Rihanna's "We Found Love." Although his 90's boyband mix was a huge hit too... 

So yeah... my sister's wedding was amazing. I am so happy that my whole family got to be a part of it. It was a weekend that I know we'll always remember & I hope it was everything my sister dreamed of. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Recovery Mode...

Hello friends! I am still in recovery mode from my sister's wedding weekend and it's going to be complete chaos at work this week because Christmas Break starts on Friday... but I did want to stop by & share a few photos. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous & the day was practically perfect. I'll be sharing a few funny stories & some of my favorite moments tomorrow, but until then... 

heading down to the lobby for the ceremony

outside taking pictures on the slopes

pre-wedding selfie with my mom

DJ Britt in the House!

dancing with her daddy

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It's Go Time People!

This week... it's flying by & dragging at the same time. I have so much to do, because my baby sister is getting married this weekend! 

it seems like we were just wedding dress shopping! 
And while I'm trying to focus as much of my energy into the wedding, the rest of my life hasn't stopped, so it's pretty much been chaos all around. With all three of us in the wedding, I have lists coming out my ears. I'm trying to get all of our laundry done so we have everything we need to pack tomorrow night. Last night we had to pick up Eric's tux, which led to me picking up Moe's for dinner & nothing beats Moe's. Tonight I need to bake for a school function tomorrow, because I wasn't paying attention to dates when I volunteered. #oops And tomorrow night, I have a pedicure with my sister on top of cooking food for wedding weekend. Oh... and we have an Elf on the Shelf to move around every damn night too. 

Despite the craziness, I am so excited for tomorrow afternoon to arrive so I can officially go into wedding weekend mode! We have manicures & facials scheduled for Friday morning, then right after lunch we're headed to the lodge. It's about a two hour drive from Rochester to Greek Peak, so we should arrive mid-afternoon & have time to get things ready for rehearsal. 

where the ceremony is being held... only with a whole lot of Pinterest pizzazz added
My sister has me in charge of basically everything on the morning of the wedding. I'm coordinating arrivals & reception hall set up - which thankfully will all be taking place right across the road. We kind of went Pinterest 0ver-board on things... so we have a lot of setting up to do in both the lobby & the reception space.   So if you happen to be in the area & see a lunatic in Hunter boots with an up-do running around with her cell phone attached to her hand... that's me. Thankfully, Eric & my dad will be entertaining Ella at the indoor water park, so I won't have her to worry about.

So... I'm not sure I'll be around the blog for the next few days, but if I don't make it back, be sure to follow along on Instagram & Twitter! I'll be sharing pictures of the big weekend... and you won't want to miss Ella's flower girl debut! 

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