Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Lemur L'amour: Welcome!

One of the things that I was most excited for was our welcome dinner! This was going to be a chance to see our families and out-of-town guests more than we would be able to at the wedding. We would have gorgeous weather, everyone would arrive on time, and...oh wait.

Personal photo / This is how cold it was...in South Carolina...in May!

It was freezing and raining! I went from being worried that everyone would be too warm to trying to find blankets and jackets. My brilliant sister raided her closet and brought seven coats with her—so I forgive her for being her usual 45 minutes late. (Side note: If your family members are typically late in real life, they'll probably be late when it comes to your wedding! And yet you love them in real life, so you'll love them when your wedding comes around.)

While we were waiting for everyone to arrive, the guys hung out and the kids hit the playground. The playground, by the way, which was the BEST PLAYGROUND EVER.

Personal photo / And Mr. Lemur tackled the ropes course with the girls—gahh so cute!

Finally, it was food time! It was your basic Southern fare—pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, coleslaw, and sweet tea—delicious, although if I had known it was going to be 50 degrees instead of 90 degrees I would have had hot chocolate instead of sweet tea. 

Personal photo / Let's eat!

Thanks so much to everyone who braved the cold! The rain died down and some of the guys started throwing a Frisbee around. The trails we were going to run on were still soaking wet and everyone was freezing—so instead of a formal run we walked a half mile down the trail to the tiny park where Mr. Lemur and I got engaged. Nearly everyone at the welcome dinner made the walk down the paved trail with us, including my grandparents and the little kids in the group. 

I wish I had better pictures of this part of the night, but by now it was starting to get dark. The pictures I do have are special to me though!

Personal photo / The beautiful waterfall! This is practically the exact same spot we got engaged.

Personal photo / Pausing for a serious moment

Just as the night was ending, we all gathered at the base of the waterfall for a group photo. This includes almost everyone who was there—except for a few people who had to leave early.

Personal photo / Love all of these people!

Remember that Frisbee the guys were throwing around? An inadvertent throw landed the Frisbee twenty feet up in a tree—and the football thrown up after it ended up in the tree too. After a heavy stick got stuck in the same branch, it was time to bring in the big guns...my dad shimmied up the tree in the dark twenty feet above the ground with thirty people gathered around the base cheering him on. Those are the crazy good memories I still smile at nearly five weeks later.

What special moments did you have at your rehearsal dinner?

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