We spent all weekend in Kansas City for a wedding, which was a blast!
On Friday, Travis and I both got off work a little early and we were booking it to get to Kansas City for the rehearsal at 5 p.m.
Travis was one of the ushers in the wedding, and we all had to laugh when the priest and wedding planner gave them a printed out list of directions. They also basically told them every “worst-case scenario” that could happen, told them where to find the defibrillator, and even told them an exact amount of water to give anyone who looked sick or like they might pass out. Being an usher was sounding like more and more of a big responsibility. 😉
After rehearsal, the whole wedding party of Gabe and Cloe went to Lidia’s for dinner, which is known for their homemade pasta.
Travis and I both opted for the “Pasta Trio” option for dinner, which came with three homemade pastas: a broccoli/shrimp rotini, ravioli, and tomato fettuccine. We were stuffed and miserable- so tasty!
The night was a lot of fun meeting some new people, catching up with old friends, and hearing some special memories shared by their families.
We got back to our hotel that night, and unbeknownst to us, we got upgraded to a king suite room instead of the regular hotel block because they had overbooked (even though I made our reservations almost two months ago!). We weren’t complaining because it was the nicest hotel room either of us had ever stayed in. It had its own entryway, bar and living room, bedroom, walk-in closet and bathroom. We felt like we were living large!
I went to bed and Travis went out with the groom and another friend to grab some drinks as Gabe’s last night being single.
The next morning, we were able to sleep in and be lazy, and then Travis had to be at the church by 11 a.m. I was going to meet up with a couple friends later to drive to the wedding with so I had a few hours on my own. I took my time getting ready and watched some TLC wedding shows while I did a little school prep work (cutting out papers for an activity this week).
I ordered room service for the first time in my life for lunch, and it did not disappoint. Their cobb salad hit the spot- perfect fuel for a long wedding day!
I met up with one of Travis’ fraternity brothers, Petey, and his fun girlfriend, Matraca, and we all got an uber to the church together. The ceremony was beautiful (and pretty short for a Catholic wedding 😉 ). However, afterwards, we had about three hours to kill before the reception started.
Travis and the rest of the wedding party hopped on a bus they had rented to go take pictures (sneak peek picture from Travis).
The crowd of people our age all ended up at the hotel bar for those few hours, talking and drinking.
Luckily, the reception was only about a block from the hotel so we headed over at 5 p.m. for cocktail hour. Travis has the most fun group of guys that he was in Theta Xi with, and it’s always a blast talking to them and catching up at weddings.
At 6 p.m., we were able to go into the reception and the wedding party arrived. We had a fun table with several Theta Xi friends and other couples from Hiawatha!
Everything about the wedding and reception space were so classy. I felt like I was in the Great Gatsby. It was one of the fancier weddings I have been to.
Seeing Gabe in his element dancing was hilarious, and they had a good crowd on the dance floor all night!
This is what you get when wait to get a picture until the end of the night and you ask a guy who has been drinking to take it. Blurry, but it’s the best one we got.
The reception ended around 11 p.m.
We enjoyed one last night in our grand suite, and the next morning, we got packed up, spent way too long trying to find Gabe’s family to return Travis’ tux, and then we were on our way home.
We got home early afternoon and both crashed, but we eventually got it together to go to our softball game that evening.
I feel like I’m playing catch-up this week, as we usually get groceries and do laundry on the weekends, and I did neither this weekend.
Travis is gone a couple days this week for work, and we’re planning on going home next weekend to get in some harvest time, so it’s not going to slow down anytime soon!
Have a super week!
Question of the Day: Would you rather have a large wedding or a small, intimate one?