What a wonderful weekend we have had!!! The wedding was a blast, and everything went smoothly – including the gorgeous weather!! Mazen was awesome the whole time and barely cried. Maybe his fussy days are slowing? He also gave us two great nights of sleep!!!! It usually takes us 30 minutes or more to get him to sleep after each feeding, but this weekend he fell back to sleep within minutes. I wouldn’t say we were well rested, but we were not too tired to enjoy the weekend to the max.
Hotel breakfast – oatmeal, milk, apple, peanut butter. Not bad!
Meredith’s family farm was a stunning back drop for a wedding.
Matt and I brought a selection of Great Harvest spreads, breads and sweets for everyone to munch on while we got ready. They were a hit! I had half a pimento cheese sandwich with hummus + cucumbers and some cookies – plus a bit more throughout the afternoon for snacks!
Getting ready was a lot of fun – all of the bridesmaids got along so well.
We all had our hair and make up done by two fun gals from a nearby salon (ironically called Meredith’s!). I absolutely loved my hair and make up! Yay for Bare Minerals! I asked for something “off center and loopy” for my hair and 70 bobby pins later (I counted!) my head was a work of art.
As a bridesmaid, I loved that we were able to choose our own dresses – they just had to be red! I waited until after Maze was born and went to town looking for red nursing dresses online. I totally lucked out with the one I found on at Figure 8 Maternity! The top lifted up for nursing and worked so well.
Matt and I were a bit worried about how the day would go since I didn’t know if I should nurse him after putting on my dress (for fear or spit-up, dripping milk or poop!) and so we had not one but two bottles and my hand pump on standby. Luckily, Mazen was an angel and alternated playing with his dad on the farm and sleeping. We didn’t need either of the bottles because the timing was perfect!
Here is his cute outfit – an Uptown Boys onesie and bowtie with some Baby Gap overalls and the Etsy crocheted boots!
The ceremony was held at a church just minutes from the farm, and we were driven there and back in a horse drawn carriage!
My walk down the aisle went well, and the ceremony was short, sweet and romantic.
Happy Wedding Meredith + Scott!
The reception was held in their barn, which was decorated beautifully with all kinds of surprises tucked in corners – from kegs to homemade apple butter! All of the details Meredith and her parents planned came together so well.
We wore black heels for the ceremony, but we all changed into cowgirl boots for the reception – SUCH a great idea because the boots were warm and comfortable! It got quite chilly in the evening, but Meredith had given us all pashminas to wear! I ended up layering this with the baby (a little furnace!), a jacket and a baby blanket to keep warm later on! Dancing helped too.
The buffet was an autumn feast of soups, sweet potatoes, greens, pork, beef, crab cakes and desserts. I certainly ate my fill!!
The desserts were also incredible! Peanut Butter Chocolate cupcakes to start and then later on, a Chargers groom’s cake, trifle and hot apple crisp!
Baby love! My baby love!
Seeking warmth! Matt and I were (friendly) fighting over who got to wear the baby to keep warm.
The best way to get a baby to sleep? Hit the dance floor! The band played and awesome selection of beach music and oldies and with Maze on my chest in the carrier, Matt and I could dance as usual! Just a little farther apart Maze was asleep in minutes with all the rocking.
Meredith and me with our third roommate, Alaa’!
The next morning, everyone was invited to the final event of the weekend – a gourmet brunch hosted at a family friend’s farm. I am in love with these gorgeous farmhouses!
The brunch was incredibly delicious – perhaps the best brunch spread I’ve ever seen! From quiche to a sausage rolled in a pancake to pumpkin cream cheese spread to cheese grits, freshly baked muffins and tarts, crème brulee and more. I had hoped to get back to eating normal portions by Sunday, but I had to taste everything one final time!
Our little boy slept most of the event before he woke up to eat one last time before our trek home.
Traveling with a baby wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Time I would have spent getting up early to exercise and blog was replaced with baby care, so life felt about the same. I could not have done this weekend without Matt, who did most of the baby duties so I could enjoy my role as a bridesmaid. Major father son bonding time!