This past weekend I was in Philadelphia with my family to celebrate my younger brother’s wedding.
I got into town Friday afternoon just in time for the rehearsal at the church, and I have to admit the whole weekend was such a whirlwind of fun that I woke up Sunday morning wondering how it was all over already.
The rehearsal itself was a little bit on the earlier side, so afterward my brother and his now-wife hosted a happy hour back at the hotel bar for guest coming in from out of town. It was great to get a chance to catch up with a lot of my family members who were in town for the weekend that I hadn’t seen in a while.
It was also really nice to catch up with a lot of my brother’s friends from college that I probably haven’t seen since they all graduated back in 2010.
Happy hour was followed by a delicious Italian dinner, and then my brother, some of his groomsmen and I grabbed one more drink at a bar down the street before we all turned in for the night.
I was up bright and early to meet up with my brother’s wife and the rest of the bridesmaids to have our hair and makeup done. It was such a fun morning hanging out with Justine and the other bridesmaids before we headed back to the hotel to get dressed and hop in the limo…
There aren’t really words for this limo…it was massive…
The wedding ceremony itself was really nice. I cried a bunch because I am a sap…and because my baby brother was getting married…and because Justine looked so beautiful…and yea…really because I am a sap.
Afterward the bridal party piled back in the limo for pictures around Philly. Tom and Justine’s photographer put a single shot from the session on Facebook already. Based on this one alone, I cannot wait to see all the others.
Then it was back to the hotel for cocktail hour and the reception.
My bridal party partner and I entered to an Eagles chant (which I thought was most excellent, and I think many of the guests felt the same way).
And then I spent the rest of the night dancing nonstop. My feet still hurt today from all the dancing.
It’s crazy to think the wedding weekend is over. I feel like I’ve heard Tom and Justine and my parents talk about it and plan things for it for so long, and now it’s done. I don’t think things could have gone much better though. Everyone I talked to had such a good time, and I know I’m really excited to finally have a sister (which has pretty much been a life-long dream of mine that my mom squashed every year since I was about four years old ha). If I write any more about that I will probably start crying again out of sappiness, so I’m just going to leave it at this: I’m excited to have a sister. Justine is wonderful, and my brother’s a really lucky guy, and their wedding weekend couldn’t have been more perfect.
(P.S. I am off to Iceland in a few hours with my friend Meghan. I will have some excellent travel updates for you when I get back and hope to post some fun Snapchat stories while I’m there!)