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Friday, July 14, 2017

Wedding: Friday and the Rehearsal Dinner

Friday morning Leif and I joined Shannon and Eric at the Point au Roche Lodge for breakfast. My Dad had been going on about how delicious breakfast is at the B&B
so I was excited. After watching what I ate for months, I still had to be careful with
what I ate because I had cut so many things out, the last thing I needed was to have
some weird symptom for adding it back in the day before the wedding. I could not
 wait until Sunday morning, when I could eat whatever I wanted. Just two days away.  

But for now, this would definitely do!

When we got to the vineyard, Uncle Dan was eating food truck leftovers from 
the night before waiting for us to arrive. Lucky was clearly just waiting for any 
food to fall! 

Again, we were in such good shape we did not have too much to do. Honestly, it was such
a blur, I cannot really remember what we did. I do remember trying to get a mani/pedi
but that proved to be impossible at 3pm on a Friday in Plattsburgh. Apparently nobody
works at 3pm on Fridays in Plattsburgh because the whole town was out to get their
nails done. So, we went back to the B&B and we did our own. Thank goodness I have 
gotten really good at doing my own nails! 

That evening Leif's family and our friends started arriving. We had informed everyone to
join us at the Vineyards at 5pm for some Michigans and music on the deck! Clearly, as 
Michigans are one of our favorite things about upstate, we had to let everyone in on
our secret. 

After everyone arrived, it was finally time to give Uncle Dan his big birthday present
we had been hiding from him for a month. If there is anything to know about Uncle Dan,
it is that popcorn is a way to his heart. If you go to Target with him, his first stop is 
the popcorn counter. We figured, what better gift than his own popcorn machine!
I'm pretty sure he liked it! He looks pretty excited to me! 


My first other half! My little bro. We did everything together and still, even with
five states between us, manage to talk almost everyday! Don't know what I would
do without him! 

We eventually made our way down to the vineyard for a rehearsal. Of course Uncle
Dan had to steal the show! 

It was great to have Leif's family there, sharing one of our favorite spots! 

That evening, we went to bed fairly early. We both needed our beauty sleep! 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wedding: Thursday

 Leif and I arrived Wednesday in the early afternoon. We spent time with the family
and enjoyed a delicious dinner at Arnies. That night, we slept at the cabin my 
parents had rented for the week. It was right on Lake Champlain and it was perfect.

On Thursday, we were so organized, we actually did not have much to do. We fine
tuned details and had some time to relax a little. I went with my Dad to the airport
to pick up Andy, Jennie and Bennett. Bennett was all excited to ride on the ferry!

That afternoon my best friend Shannon and her husband Eric arrived! I was so excited to
see her! It had been nine months since I saw her pretty little face! I told her to come 
prepared to do yoga as every Thursday night at Vesco Ridge Vineyards was yoga on the
deck! The weather was perfect and there were about 30 people there. Aunt Nancy
and Steve also joined. With it being my first time to do yoga in about four years, I
was so scared I was going to be sore for the wedding that I did not try as hard as I 
should have. However, my legs and arms were still very sore! 

After yoga, my parents hired a food truck to come to the vineyard for dinner! It 
was a hit! Everyone over ate and the food was delicious! Even down to the 
dessert, bread pudding!

It was starting to sink in now that all of my family and friends were arriving! 

Love my bro!

Even this one was having a good time! 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Marriage License

One step closer to wedded bliss! Today we got our marriage license! Only 4 
more days to go! 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

4th of July: Vesco Ridge Vineyards

Our 4th of July did not seem like 4th of July at all. We were so consumed with 
getting everything done for the wedding that we did not see a single firework.
Tear. This might be the first time in my life that I had not see fireworks on the
4th of July. 

Leif and Uncle Dan kept busy with painting and all of the heavy lifting.

Doesn't the place look amazing?

Our aisle...

Uncle Dan also built this arbor and the guys dug holes and placed it in the 
field behind the vines. 

The ladies were busy inside making all of the decorations which included 60 mason
jars filled with blush and clear pebbles, with raffia tied around the tops and a 
floating candle. Water will be added for the wedding so the candles float. 

We also made 13 mason jars with a burlap and lace ribbon and a smaller ribbon
tied in a bow. These are to hang on shepherds hooks which will be placed 
strategically in front of the wires that hold the vine posts up. The last thing we
need is someone tripping over a wire! See the decorations schedule below for
all of the amazing details my Aunts and friends helped out with! 

We had chalkboard signs to write on and bins and baskets to find and this wonderful
picture frame Uncle Dan made that will hang with the vines in the background! 
Oliver, our little model was particularly fond of the picture frame. 

Aunt Nancy and I even managed to find time to go to Target and get new curtains
for the tasting room. 

While Oliver pretty much laughed at all of us the whole weekend. 

For those of you who know me, you know I had a color coded schedule noting who was responsible for what and floor plans showing exact location of all decorations at the vineyard.  What more do you expect from someone whose middle name is 'Organized'.

But for those of you who don't know me, I'll give you a little example..

Oh, did you think I was joking? Here's the decorations schedule then...

Here have the floor plans of the venues showing the use of each location and
where everything goes.  This is the reception floor plan. 

Finally, we have the ceremony floor plan. 

We got everything and more done! Oh yeah, how could I forget, that is a piano in the
drawing up there isn't it.... 

I had a dream a few months ago that my brother played the piano in the field as I 
walked down the aisle. I called my Mother up to tell her. She laughed at me. So, I called Aunt Nancy up to tell her. Not an hour later she called me back and said I have a piano
for you. No joke. We also picked up the piano from these kind people who gave it
to them for free. FREE. Not only did we have a free piano, but the people who gave
it to them were amazing and already had it loaded up on the truck ready for us to 
come follow them back to the vineyard. Then even helped us get it off the truck and
into the garage. I have to say, people really come together and help out up there
in North Country. What a successful weekend we had! An exhausting, but
very successful weekend. 

PS, Uncle Dan also gave us a rider mower for the cabin. So we stopped off at the
cabin on the way home to drop it off and stay a night. We slept and slept. 

Two weeks until the wedding!!!