We flew out of Phoenix Thursday morning (thanks Anessa for the ride), and spend Thursday night at the Queen's house. We ate some great food and saw a lot of people who we don't get to see every week. Also many people there were able to meet Thomas for the very first time, including Don's Grandmother, Teta.
Friday was a split day because Jenn spend the day with the other bridesmaids and got some work done on their fingers and toes, while Don and Thomas went on a school visit to go see the school Don used to work at. It was fun seeing students who had grown in a year, and teachers that were still up to their old tricks. Everyone also loved seeing Thomas, obviously!
Friday evening we were all at the church for the rehearsal (which went well), and then we had an amazing rehearsal dinner downtown at Fogo De Chao, thanks Mr. & Mrs. Holloway, it was sooooo, good!
Saturday was the "big day" so all the bridesmaids came to the house and they all got their makeup and hair done, which Don and Thomas did not enjoy being a part of. Then it was time to change into our nice wedding clothes and drive over to the church. The church was pretty packed and it seemed like there might have been one or two more people sitting on the Ash side than the Holloway side, but I didn't count.
The wedding ceremony was perfect with both people saying "yes" and no on standing up yelling, "I object!", so that was nice. Afterwards we took some pictures with the family and Thomas made it very clear that he did not want to be in any pictures (he was crying like a baby, what can you do?). But the rest of the family looked great and so hopefully the pictures will turn out well.
The reception was downtown at the Wardmen Park Hotel, and we had a little cocktail hour, and the flowers were blooming and the sun was shining, it was very nice. Finally the hour came where we headed into the ballroom for dinner and dancing. We saw people dance, and give toasts and there was a cake cutting and all that good wedding stuff.
Finally at the end of the evening, when the reception was over, a bunch of people (wedding party, bride and groom) decided to keep the party going and headed down to the hotel bar! It got wild, that's all that I'll say!
Sunday was great because my parents had some of the family and friends over for a brunch, and they had me run to the store and buy some Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, it was amazing. But it was nice to sit around with some cousins and relative and just relax and enjoy the day, oh yeah, and eats tons of doughnuts!
Monday was fun because Jenn and I ran down to Bethesda to see an old friend and I was extra excited because I was able to show Jenn one my favorite restaurants, the Moon Gate! It's a Chinese joint, and it's goooood! The rest of the time we really just hung out with family and relaxed, it was sorta sad because every day more and more people were leaving to go back home, so on Tuesday, Jenn and I started packing up.
Our flight left Baltimore to Salt Lake and then to Phoenix, so that Tuesday night, we were all back home and back to the grind. Overall we had a fantastic trip and the wedding was oh course great, and Thomas can't stop talking about how excited he is about his new Uncle Jack. Congratulations go out again to Allison and Jack and we'll hopefully get to visit them soon.
Check out some pictures from the trip!