Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Jessi and Ally's Wedding

Jessi (Josh's sister) married her long time girlfriend, Ally, on Saturday (August 29) at the Brule River Barn. They were married on the five year anniversary of the first time they met! Aww... :-)

Josh and I made the 8 hour trek from Indiana to Superior on Friday. We arrived in time for the BBQ Rehearsal Dinner at Grandma and Grandpa Carlson's house. Clay and Grandpa cooked and the food was delicious! It was also fun to hang out with the brides, bridal party, and the family before the big day!

The next morning Josh and I went over to the Brule River Barn to help Jessi set up. Ally has been planning this wedding for two years! She made all of the center pieces herself and they all looked great!

After setting up I went back to the hotel to get ready. I came back to the venue immediately (just in case I was needed) and I'm glad I did because I was able to see the brides to their "First Look" photos. It was so CUTE!

During the photos we all hung around and waiting for the ceremony to start.

[Bridesmaids: Karla, Miranda and Danielle]


[Jessi and Ally]

[Josh and Jessi]

[Cousins: Kennedy and Cassidy]

[Karla, Miranda, and Jessi]


[Junior Bridesmaid and the flower girls]

[All the ladies like the beard]

At 3:30 I grabbed my seat (front row!) and the processional started.

The ceremony was very sweet. There were a lot of tears and laughs.

Jessi said "I do" a little prematurely (like I did at my wedding).

The rings.

The brides then went over to the paint canvas where they created a painting.

They came back over and they were announced wife and wife!

After the ceremony there was a cocktail hour and family pictures.

[Grandma, Grandpa and 4 of their great-grandchildren (just missing Brodee)]

[The painting]

[Man of Honor and Maid of Honor as witnesses to the marriage license]

[Girls putting flowers in Josh's beard]

After pictures the bridal party did a "Run Away" which means that Jessi's bridal party took Ally to get shots at a local bar while Ally's bridal party took Jessi to a local bar to get shots.

Once they all got back dinner started. We all sat down in the barn and heard speeches from Josh and the Maid of Honor. Josh did such a great job. I know he was super nervous but he made the speech short, sweet, and funny! Perfect!

The girls were not nice to each other when it came to the cake cutting!

Then we all headed upstairs to watch the first dance between Ally and Jessi.

Then Ally danced with her dad and Jessi danced with Suzi.

The beer and wine continued to flow through out the night. There was a dance party and also a money/selfie dance with the brides!

[Me and Ally]

After the dancing we went outside and lit lanterns in honor of those who had passed away.

We spent the rest of the night dancing and hanging out with friends! 

[Dave and Karla]

It was such a great wedding! Congrats again to the happy couple! We love you both!

The next morning we got up, went back to the Brule River Barn to help clean up and then we hit the road!

About 135 miles from home we got a notice on the dashboard saying that our speed was limited to 55 mph! UGH! The DEF System was acting up and if you don't get it fixed within a few hundred miles then the speed will drop to 4 mph! 

Luckily we were close to Chicago and the speed limit drops to 55 mph (not that anyone goes less than 80), but at least we could stay in the right lane and not get run over!

Always an adventure!


S Mad said...

Looks like a wonderful wedding! Hope you got the truck fixed.

Suzi Stilley said...

You always do such a beautiful job of putting your blogs together - thank you for sharing!!

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