I Wasn’t Going to Do This…

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I wasn’t going to post this…

Because it was such a personal family event…

But it was so much stinkin’ fun!

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After 8+ years with his girlfriend, on Friday the 13th, my brother {and only sibling} finally got hitched.

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And he couldn’t be happier…

That is a classic JR smile. And he is actually about a foot taller than his bride. Danielle is standing on a chair in that shot!

I swear I was the only bridesmaid without a tattoo! ūüėČ

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At least my hair turned out smashing…

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Shout out to 9th Street Salon!

There were so many perfect little details about this event…

Like the fact that my nephew {their only son together} was the one walk Danielle down the aisle. What a special way to finally tie their family together. In fact, her three kids from a previous marriage were also in the wedding. They’ve all lived together for a number of years. So at this point, the marriage¬†was just a formality… And a reason for a big party!

We only got one shot outdoors because it was so freaking cold! The guys were kind enough to lend us their jackets and, boy, that made a huge difference!

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Since the wedding was at noon and the reception not until six, we all got on a fancy bus and made a few stops.

I was highly impressed with White Dog, Black Cat Cafe, where we stopped for lunch.

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It’s one of JR and Danielle’s favorite places, where they’ve taken us in the past.¬†But how on earth the crew took care of this many people so efficiently impressed me. The food was prompt and tasty and after a bottle of wine, all was right with the world.

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I hadn’t been to the Riverside Ballroom¬†in years and almost forgot how big it is…

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With 270 in attendance, it kind of had to be!

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It was a traditional Northeast Wisconsin Chicken and Tips Family-Style dinner. And although there were a few desserts on the table, there was cake, too!

Including a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cake…

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JR was a huge fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when he was a kid. Since the Heroes in a Half Shell have become popular again, JR passed that love down to his son. Here they are in the photo booth!
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We’ll come back to that photo booth in just a bit…

But there was dancing:

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Mother-Son Dance

Now you can see the height difference between the bride and groom:

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The band was phenomenal – the music teacher at Danielle’s daughter’s school!

She even joined them to sing a song…

IMG_1491There was a lot of catching up with cousins…

{I have 30+ first cousins! And they have 40+ kids between them.}

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And some selfies may have been taken…

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Now back to the photo booth…

JR and Danielle were so lucky to have their friend Rob take professional photos for the wedding. He and his wife¬†also manned {and womanned?} the GB Photo Box¬†photo booth. I’ve been to weddings that have had photo booths before, but this one was the best by far! The quality of photos was¬†so much better.

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The last time these three cousins had a photo together was at another wedding 13 years prior!

The backdrop was classy. There were props to make it fun. There was room to fit more than half a dozen people in each¬†shot! And the fact that the photos are printed with¬†“JR & Danielle ~ February 13, 2015” on the bottom make them the best wedding favors ever. Memories captured!

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More shots with cousins!

Each strip of photos printed out two copies Рone for you and one for the bride and groom. I saw the photobook that was put together the next day and, by far, this one was my favorite!

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My only regret that night? Not getting more photos! I wish I had¬†more photos¬†taken with¬†all of my cousins, my grandma, my aunts and uncles, my niece and nephews, my parents and most importantly – the bride and groom! Can we have a do over? I’d like to go to a party like that again.

Congratulations, JR and Danielle.

Wishing you many great years to come!

Cheers~
Carrie

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9 responses »

  1. Yep, my husband was a foot taller than me too – he used to make fun of me because I could only reach the first shelf of our kitchen cabinets!

    Wow, 30+ first cousins! How fun. I know it’s hard to remember to take pictures in the moment.

    And Carrie, you’ll be so proud of me, I’ve been a whole week without wine! I know, even over the weekend! I just realized it was a crutch to get slightly buzzed enough each night to not think about my husband, which usually backfired, but I have to carry on without him, and wine isn’t going to bring him back. I just decided that I can only have a glass of wine when I go out, not have it in the house ūüėÄ

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