So like I said in my previous post, Mom and I were on the road fairly early Saturday morning. However, I must interject that I actually went running that morning before we left. In fact, I worked out EVERY DAY on vacation – craziness! I kind of figured that I’d be eating and drinking to excess, so the least I could do was work on maintaining. 🙂
Anyway, we stopped by a little town about 90 minutes down the road to pick up my 25 year old sister (who is the head volleyball coach of a MN college – how cool is that?!) and kept on with our trip. It was about a 5 hour drive to the hotel and fairly uneventful – just filled with good girl talk and bonding time! Once we reached the hotel is when the craziness began…
*note* I am not known for my punctuality to work in the morning, but usually in life, I am not actually late. However, when you get my entire extended family together, it tends to be a bit of a … well, shit show. LOL.
Let me break the situation down for you…
-The wedding ceremony & reception took place at a winery about 20 minutes from the hotel.
-The bride’s father had arranged for a shuttle to take people between the two, and the final shuttle departure was at 4:15.
-The wedding began at 4:30. Are you seeing the issue here?
-Most of my family was all in the lobby by 3:30, but my brother and his girlfriend were late arriving (I loved her outfit)…
…and there were so many people waiting for the shuttle that we let others get on and said we’d wait for the next one so we could all ride over together.
-When I say “my family,” I mean 14 of us that are all extended family. My Dad & sis and her boyfriend had gone ahead b/c they were doing the music, but the rest of us were still at the hotel.
-The final shuttle finally returns for us and departs at the scheduled time of 4:15 with all of us on it (iincludng about 10 other wedding guests – probably 25 of us total).
-Now we feel awkward as all get out. It was awful! By the time we arrived (4:32) we were ushered in VERY QUICKLY and practially ran to our seats and as we were still finding seats the processional started and the wedding party was coming down the aisle. I’m just praying that the bride doesn’t think her wedding wasn’t important enough to us to show up on time for!
I am so happy that I was able to make it back for her wedding. It was a beautiful day and a fun party. I made sure I properly thanked her the next morning for my hangover, and she indicated that she was just returning the favor b/c she hadn’t felt so hot the morning after my wedding either. LOL.