Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year's Weekend

This past weekend we went down to Jekyll Island, Georgia to celebrate my best friend, Carrie's, wedding!

This was the first time I've left Wyatt. Mom and Dad kept him over the weekend, so I was confident that he was in good hands but it was a little stressful leaving him. For a number of reasons, but one big stressor was the amount of milk I calculated that he would need for the weekend.

Wyatt takes a bottle or nurses 5 times each day. 7 ounces each time.

According to our plans, we were going to be gone for a minimum of 13 feedings. Or, to put it into ounces for you that is 91 ounces of milk!

NINETY-ONE ounces!


Omg. I'm still having heart palpitations.

Well, I did have a freezer chock- full of milk that I had been saving up for this very occasion. But it still completely stressed me out.

Was that TMI? I'm sure it was .... Let's move right along then, shall we?

The weekend started out with a lovely bridesmaid's luncheon at the Jekyll Island Club. We were so lucky to have a pretty weekend and warm weather!
After the luncheon, the guys all finished up playing golf and we got ready for the rehearsal followed by the rehearsal dinner. We started off the evening with a nice cocktail reception and it was followed by a 4-course wine dinner. Burke's father has a wine distributorship and is very knowledgeable about wine. There was a different type paired with each course and it really was interesting to see how the different wines paired with the food.

After/during dinner, there were several toasts given to Burke and Carrie. Here is a picture of them during one of the toasts -- I think it was Megan's which explains the laughter!

We then went to a different ballroom at the Jekyll Island Club for a New Year's Eve party. After a 4-course dinner and lots and lots of wine, its a miracle any of us made it to midnight! But we did and fun was had by all (as evidenced by the photos!)

New Year's Day started off early for all the golfers, but for all the ladies' it meant that we got to sleep in and relax a bit! (Well, I think Carrie probably didn't get to do much relaxing between hair and makeup appointments, etc)

Isn't Carrie a beautiful bride?

After the ceremony, some of the Marines did a sword arch as Carrie and Burke were leaving the church. Here they are walking out of the church and about to go through the arch!

When they get to the end of the arch, one of the Marines drops his sword and will not let them pass until they kiss. Then once they do, he raises his sword and lets them through. As the bride walks away, they slap her on the bottom with one of the swords! (And it isn't a light little pat, either!). I realize this is a tradition, but I've never seen it before so it was really neat to see!

Shortly after the ceremony, the reception started and Carrie and Burke were introduced. Due to where I was sitting, I just couldn't get a good picture of the 2 of them, but here is the glowing bride!

I will leave you with a few (or a lot, depending on your definition of 'few') pictures from the reception!


Michelle said...

I love all of the photos. You girls all looked so pretty, and Carrie was a beautiful bride! The amount of milk you had to leave behind totally stresses me out!

Tara said...

wow! carrie was a gorgeous bride! and all of you ladies looked great in that blue:) i am sad i missed the weekend, but it looks like fun was had by all and katie you did a wonderful recap!