Weekend Wedding Bliss

This weekend was a whirl wind of wedding adventures for us and for several of our friends. This is just the start of "2010 - The year of the Wedding" If you could see our calendar most of our weekends from here until November look just like the one we just had. It was a crazy one, but probably the most blissful and joy filled weekend we've had in a while. Our recap goes a little like this...

Friday... Our Engagement Party...

We had such an amazing time. Caroline and Kevin Gray hosted this fantastic night for us and we are so grateful to them! We had family and friends who will be part of the bridal party or ceremony in some fashion at the party and it was wonderful. We missed a few of our guests but there will be lots of other party opportunities along the way. By far, the most special part of this evening included Michael's Grandparents, Nene and Papa Clyde. They were a pretty big hit at the party. Papa Clyde and Nene have been married for almost 68 years and have had the most adventurous life together. Traveling cross country for 6 months while in their 70's with a couple suitcases and a skillet, trips to Florida for 2 months every year, and many more...find them at the wedding and they will tell some tales! Papa Clyde wanted to pass on some of their wonderful wedded bliss to us. Papa Clyde passed on his wedding band that has his wedding date (in 1943) and his initials engraved inside to Michael for him to use as his wedding band. I could not think of a better marriage to model ourselves after, and what an extra special meaning it will have for us when Michael gets to wear this ring. Many tears were shed during this portion of the party, but they were all the happy kind! Nene and Papa Clyde are two of the mot special people I have ever gotten to meet. I feel like they are my grandparents. One really cool discovery we recently made was that my grandfather and Papa Clyde played football together in high school at St. X. It always makes me think Michael and I were destined to be together when I think about that. My grandfather is probably really getting a kick out of this looking down on it now.

My Brother and Sister-in-Law

Nene and Mary Beth

Stacie and Jess

My Mom and Dad

My Lovely Girlfriends!

Saturday....work... bridal luncheon...shower!

I started with being very tired and working a couple hours in the morning. Then I went to a bridal luncheon for the lovely Sarah Billiter, where I got to catch up with some of my lovely pageants friends Mackenzie Mayes Walter, and Lindsey Sheckles. Sarah's luncheon was at the Greentree Tea Room... a lovely Lexington gem I never knew about until Saturday. Very lovely and very sweet, perfect for a bride to be.

Saturday night Stacie and I hosted a couples shower for Jess and Kellon at my house. Despite the rain early in the day, everything was perfectly dry outside for that night. Lots of food, drinks, music and silly wedding fun was had. We converted our backyard into a nice little party space with tents, tables, linens, and more. Jess and Kellon are getting married in September and it will be a super fantastic event!

Bride and Groom! ( Jess and Kellon)

Hostesses with the Bride

The Guys getting "Iced"

Post Shower Shenanigans...Typical

Sunday... Celebrating our Fathers!

For our first fathers day event we headed to lunch with Michael parents and grandparents (the now famous Nene and Papa Clyde) at Equestrian Woods. I had never been here before and it was so nice. Great buffet food, and as always great company. We got to recap all the fun from Friday nights party and make a few plans for things to come!

Next we went over to my parents house to celebrate with my family. My parents recently built a pool in their backyard, complete with a party deck  sun deck. We got my dad a volley ball net for the pool and played for like 2 hours. Bean also got to go she cried the whole time we played volleyball (because she wanted the volleyball for herself) and fell in the pool a few times until my mom decided to put her in the dog stroller and entertain her. Eventually Bean gave up and decided she would rather float on a raft in he pool like a little diva. Exhibit A...

We laid in the water, chatted, and had a yummy dinner my mom made (ribs for my dad of course) I think this was probably one of our best fathers days ever!

This was such a blissful and joyful weekend. I loved being able to spend time with so many people I love. I felt like there was so much to celebrate, and what a great weekend to do it all in. I ended the weekend feeling so blessed to have had so many fun, exciting, and special things to to be grateful for...our wedding day to come, several friends weddings to come, and of course both of our families!


  1. what an awesome weekend full of non stop activities! haha :) Love it!!

  2. Dana!

    I LOVE the wedding band story. You need to talk to Molly Brown. Her dad passed away while we were in college. Molly's husband Griffin now wears Molly's dads wedding band, and they gave it to Griffin the night of the rehearsal dinner. It was the sweetest thing. Of course yours truly was crying ha. You look gorg in all the pics! So proud to call you my lil sis!

    PS I spy a cowboy casanova in those pictures... LAME. ;) get him outta there.

  3. Awe that is so sweet that Griffin wears his. I didnt know that about Molly. There was a Cowboy in the mix, but he's got some words coming his way from me the next time he sees me!

  4. HA! Our boys do the whole "ICE" thing too!! It's so fun! Apparently this "bros icing bros" is a nationwide thing! Love your blog! <3

  5. OK I need your blog login info. It is time for makeover to commence : )

  6. I just found you from your guest post on Allison's blog. I grew up in Lexington and my parents still live in Equestrain Woods. Such a small world!

  7. Of excuse me June 24, 2010 for not being totally prepared for the picture. hmmmmm I am going to start a blog soon.

    ( ok im kidding relax )