Tuesday, June 27, 2023

In Which Our Katie Girl Gets Hitched

The past several days have been a whirlwind of activity for our family and I am only just now finding time to get caught up.

Last Friday, I spent the day preparing our house for houseguests: Hugh's brother, his girlfriend, and his son were scheduled to arrive on the same flight as Hugh's sister and her husband; everyone was coming in to surprise Oscar and Emily at their anniversary party the following day. Hugh's brother and his group were staying with us, while his sister and her husband and son were staying at Oscar and Emily's (Surprise! You have house guests!).

We were meeting Hugh's brother's girlfriend for the first time, which was exciting, and; I wanted the house to be presentable. I was also in a bit of a time crunch because Friday night was Katie's wedding on a ranch a little over an hour away from Petticoat Junction.

I managed to get everything done in plenty of time for Hugh and I to pick up Queen B's "Plus one" (a friend of both her and Katie from High School) on the way to the venue (Queen B had been there since Thursday, helping with set-up).

The wedding was definitely reflective of both the bride and groom's personalities. The ceremony took place in a hay field, with a stunning backdrop of the surrounding rock formations and hills. The groom and his party rode in on horseback before tying their horses to a strategically-placed hitching post, after which they assembled at the front of the crowd.

The bride and her party made their grand entrance in an old farm truck, which was just about the cutest thing, ever.

The groomsmen made their way to the truck, where they paired up with the bridesmaids to escort them down the aisle, followed by the flower girls, whom are the groom's nieces.

The groom's first glimpse of the bride was all that you can hope for; proof positive of his adoration of his soon-to-be wife, which, is exactly what our Katie girl deserves.

And, of course our girl was absolutely stunning in her ceremony dress.

Once the vows were spoken, the wedding party proceeded to the reception tent, where we all gathered for a Tex-Mex-style dinner and lots and lots of opportunities for pictures with my favorite people.

Including Queen B's "Plus one"...

...a very handsome cowboy...

...these two cuties...

Please ignore the Man-Cub's hair; he is growing it out so that he can have it braided into cornrows in the DR later this fall...insert Mom-style eyeroll, here...

...and one of Katie and Queen B's college roommates, who made the trip up from Mount Pilot with her husband.

I even managed to sneak into a picture with Hugh.

I avoided the group selfie, however.

After dinner, I convinced Shanti and the Man-Cub to pose for some pictures on that cute farm truck and I'd be lying if I said that I didn't secretly covet that old thing. I mean, wouldn't it be cool to have that on hand for photo shoots all the time? 

Queen B introduced us to the Best Man to her Maid of Honor; he also lives in Texas, which is a fun coincidence since he is the groom's best friend and Queen B is Katie's best friend. They also hit it off and are going to try to connect for some fun times in the Lone Star state.

Katie changed into her reception dress for dancing, which I could not partake in because my feet were already killing me from being on them all day. I fear that foot surgery that I have been putting off is looming.

We did, however, have company waiting for us back home, so maybe that's for the best. I ended the evening by snapping my favorite girls in their favorite pose. If I had a dollar for every time I've caught them in this pose since Middle School, I'd be a semi-rich woman.

Eh, who am I kidding? I have something better than riches; I have these two.

I couldn't be more blessed.

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