A New Year’s Eve Wedding.

I think since I started this blog I’ve talk about Alyssa. I talked about how she was engaged, about planning her bridal shower and dedicated a whole post to her general amazingness. Well the wedding finally arrived…New Years Eve….in Milwaukee. Now I’m thinking Milwaukee, end of December, it’s going to be tons of snow and freezing BUT they got lucky. The weather was amazing, only cold when we had to take pictures outside, and when I tell you she was a stunning bride I am not exaggerating. I don’t think she could have picked a more perfect dress, or more perfect bridesmaids dresses. I went up early to help her get some finishing touches on things and to hang out with my friend because honestly I’ve missed her, she’s been gone all of 2 weeks and our schedules were kinda crazy before that. Her family welcomed me with open arms and I am forever grateful for the support and love they showed me that weekend.

First let’s discuss the rehearsal dinner. It was fabulous and tons of fun. Note to any future brides that having activities for people to do during/after dinner is a great idea. They held the dinner and Rock Bottom Brewery downtown Milwaukee and had a pool table, dart machine and a wii set up for the guest to enjoy. And did we enjoy them! Not to brag but I may have a had a turkey or 2 during wii bowling! ha ha. I think the dinner set the weekend off with a bang. Everyone laughing and enjoying each others company. I got to know a couple of the other bridesmaids and their husbands throughout the night and I’m so grateful for that opportunity. I reconnected with an old friend and had so much fun!

I stayed with Alyssa again the night before the wedding and we woke up bright and early to get the day started. She was so calm and ready for this day, or she was hiding her feelings really well! The make up and hair dressers got to her house and started working on getting us ready for the day! I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a wedding prep go so smooth. My hair and make up was done before 11 am and I had time to just hang out with everyone before we left for the church. The rest of the afternoon is kind of a blur but I do know we were ready early and the ceremony went off without a problem. Next came pictures, pictures and more pictures then the fun really began. The reception! I must say this is one of the best receptions I have ever been too. The bridesmaids and the groomsmen danced, laughed and partied the night away. We rang in the new year with the best of emotions and spent the night celebrating love. (which is something I’d like to do everyday)

The weekend ended with breakfast with a couple of the bridesmaids then a long trip back to Indy. What I can say in reflection of this weekend is that I am completely 100% happy and ecstatic for Jeff and Alyssa. I am just getting to know Jeff but he is a stand up guy and I love the 2 of them together. That my confidence in love and just in myself have grown so much over the past year. I just had fun, no worries of what others thought about me. The point was to celebrate and have fun so that is what I did. Lastly, I loved the family aspect of the wedding. I got to know both of their families a little bit more and the support these two have is amazing. I know I am blessed with the same type of support and it just brings a smile to my face to think of what future holds for us all!

Here are some pictures from the wedding!

This is Hannah, Lauren and Laura. Waiting for the ceremony to start

Alyssa and her bridesmaids!

Look at that dress! Amazing. This photo is from Kim White Photography! If you are in the Indy area you should check her out. She is a friend of the groom’s family and took great photos!

This was an effort to catch Nathaniel, our waiter, who was amazing and the best glider I have ever seen. I think we may have creeped him out a bit though.

Laura and I. Love her. I don’t think she even knows how much I appreciated her this weekend. Plus her husband might be one of the funniest people I’ve met and Milwaukee Casinos love him!

Last a picture of the night. Love her beyond words. Her friendship means so much to me and I don’t know what I would have done without her this past year.

To Jeff and Alyssa. Congratulations. I love you two.

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2 comments

  1. Alyssa · January 18, 2012

    Even though being married has taken me to a different state, I feel closer to you than ever. I’m so thankful for your unwavering friendship and support throughout this whole process. You are the best friend a girl could ask for, and I look up to you so much. For your self confidence, compassion, and loyalty to those you care about most.

    I have so many good memories with you leading up to the wedding. Going out to dinner where “There’s no way Grandma has her seatbelt on yet!”. The hectic day before the wedding…getting our nails done with my mom while listening to tales of flesh eating viruses, and watching the woman who just had back surgery and crying in pain….but darn it all, she was going to get her mani/pedi!! Frantically stamping place cards while snatching bites of frozen pizza. Freezing our butts off in the church. And the wedding day. It meant so much for me to have you there and to feel the love and happiness radiate out of you that day (looking luscious of course ;)). So…thank you. I miss you a lot, but I know we are both on the road to where we need to be.

    Keep up your blog…I love to read it!

  2. mistykathleen · January 19, 2012

    I love every memory from that weekend! So much fun. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a special time. Yes we are both on roads going to where we need to be and I love it. We are many many miles apart but I do agree closer than ever. I appreciate your support in my life and I’m lucky to have you and Jeffy in my life.

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