Weekly Wrap-Up: The one with a prom, a wedding, and a new car

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Happy Friday, y’all! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful two weeks since our last Wrap-Up. It’s been pretty amazing here. We had a prom and a wedding since last we spoke.

Y’all, I’ve got to tell you, this week has felt like a vacation after last week. I told Megan that I feel like you do when you return from vacation and you have no clue what’s been going on locally while you were gone. Last week was a whirlwind of activity, but the wedding went beautifully.

{I don’t have a whole lot of photos of the wedding. I took a few, but I decided that we paid the photographer to capture the day and I was going to let him to his job while I just enjoyed the memories. So, I’ll share some more in a few weeks once we get the pictures from him.}

Friday before last was prom. Josh opted not to go this year, but Megan went with a group of friends and had a blast. I went downtown and took photos for them. Megan and her friend Abigail have discovered some fantastic spots for making pictures, and we got some great ones.

The first part of last week was fairly normal. The craziness started Thursday. When we first started planning the wedding, my step-mom mentioned the possibility of getting into the church (which she attends) on Thursday to begin some of the decorating. At that time, I couldn’t imagine that we’d need that much time.

By last week, I couldn’t imagine how we could not need that much time. I’m so thankful we were able to go Thursday and decorate the fellowship hall. We’d never have gotten it all done if we’d had to wait until Friday.

Brianna wanted a Disney-inspired wedding with each table centerpiece representing a different princess. My in-laws took on most of the work for that and spent the weeks leading up to the wedding scouring stores looking for the pieces for each table. Brianna and a friend made the Rapunzel tower and the spinning wheel for the Sleeping Beauty table.

My mom, sister, and aunt saved us hundreds of dollars by insisting that we could handle the finger foods for the reception ourselves. They prepared veggie and fruit trays, sandwiches, cocktail wieners, and punch. My mother-in-law contributed chicken salad sandwiches and cheeseballs. They all did an amazing job!

My step-mom saved us a few hundred dollars more by making the bouquets and boutonnieres, along with the wedding and groom’s cakes. She makes fantastic – and beautiful – cakes.

Megan and my Aunt Carol were a tremendous help. My step-mom provided chair covers that had been in storage. None of the easy methods for removing the wrinkles worked, so we had to iron each one of them. Megan and Aunt Carol spent hours ironing on Friday morning (along with the hour or two Carol and my step-mom had already put in Thursday night).

One of Brianna’s friends did hair and makeup for all her and three of the five bridesmaids. My ex-brother-in-law took Megan and my niece to get theirs done a  makeup artist friend of his who is their go-to person for proms and Halloween.

I am so thankful for all the help that everyone gave us. Without their contributions, the wedding with either have a) been so stressful my head would have exploded, b) cost us twice as much, or c) both a and b.

As it was, it was a beautiful day that we thoroughly enjoyed, proceeded by a night of delicious food courtesy of Andrew’s family and the rehearsal dinner venue.

Sunday, a group of us went to see Avengers: Infinity War where I was psychologically traumatized. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I may never be the same. Brianna and Andrew went to see it a few days later on their honeymoon, and the following conversation ensued between us:

If you’ve seen it, you probably understand her concerns. {grin}

The final big, exciting thing that happened was Josh bought his first new-to-him car! He’s been working almost fulltime hours since December and was able to buy a gorgeous 2013 Mustang GT. He is ecstatic!

He spent a lot of time shopping around for the best price on the options he wanted. He’s learned a lot about financing and purchasing a car and figuring in interest rates and the cost of insurance. In addition to being an insanely exciting purchase for him, it has also been a great learning experience.

I’ve also been planning his graduation party. He didn’t want to participate in a graduation ceremony with a group, so we’re going to do a party at my mom’s with family and a few friends. I ordered a cap and gown so all the grandparents (yeah, and me too) can get pictures. We’re also getting a friend to do some senior photos.

Brian and I will present him with his diploma and have a small celebration. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.

That’s it for my busy, exciting two weeks. I’m looking forward to a relaxing, quiet, fairly normal weekend at home.

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10 Comments

  1. Wow! What a week. Or two. Congratulations to your daughter. The wedding looks amazing. You guys did a fantastic job with the decorating. I hope your daughter felt as magical as she looks! Beautiful. Then a prom and a new car. I can’t wait to read next weeks wrap up. 😉

  2. Wow! A wedding week and a prom; I bet that was crazy. Sure looks and sounds fun though.

  3. Congratulations to your newlyweds. And to you for surviving with minimal stress. Our wedding also went well. After reading here I’m really glad we oursourced the chair covers though 😉

  4. What a beautiful wedding, and I just love the Disney princess inspired center pieces! What a great idea, I can see my daughter doing something like that for her wedding (someday). Congratulations!

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