Weddapalooza: Sunday, August 21 and Monday, August 22

21 Sep

We could have slept forever, but Addam and I wanted to maximize time spent with friends and family. Chris left Sunday morning to catch a flight back to Virginia, but Addam’s Uncle Dave and Aunt Ginny were still in town, as was Emily, Ryan, Ben, Andrew and Winston.

Ben, Andrew and Winston met us at the apartment first thing Sunday morning, followed by Emily and Ryan. Emily brought a fabulous futon with her, a gift from most of my bridesmaids. Addam and I haven’t had a couch since we moved to Miami, so it was definitely appreciated. Not only do we finally have a place for guests to sit, we don’t feel as bad about having overnight visitors now that we have something better to offer than a plastic cot. It’s made our apartment  much more comfortable. I couldn’t have asked for a better gift from my fabulous maids. 🙂

After a brief pow-wow, Andrew and Winston decided to go kayaking through the wetlands with John and Tati, while Addam, Ben, Emily, Ryan and I opted to go airboating through the Everglades with Dave and Ginny. Following a quick stop at Wendy’s, the gang picked Ginny and Dave up from the Hilton and headed out to the same spot that Addam and I went airboating when Ben last came to town.

Airboating is always a blast, but we didn’t see as many gators as we did the last time we went. To make up for it, Addam splurged and let me take a photo with Snappy, a baby gator that’s featured during the show that follows the boatride. I felt pretty gangster because he didn’t have any sort of tie around his mouth, but I’m sure that guests wouldn’t be able to hold him if there was any sort of risk.

Ryan made the outing even better by buying me a photo the group took before heading onto the airboat. I have the picture sitting on my work desk as a constant reminder of all the fun we had after the wedding.

After hitting up the Everglades we all made it back to the Hilton for an afternoon swim. I didn’t stay in very long because the water was actually kind of cold (a rarity in Miami), but I had a great time relaxing by the pool. After a week of running around in an effort to put together a wedding, it was nice to sit back and enjoy the sunshine.

Everyone was getting pretty hungry at that point, so Ginny, Dave, Emily, Ryan, Ben, Addam and I headed to Primo’s, an Italian joint a few blocks away. It was realtively ritzy, but there wasn’t much I could eat. I had a small salad and some brushetta, while Addam maxed out on some chicken alfredo.

Once everyone was full, Ginny, Dave, Emily and Ryan headed back to the hotel to pack up for their early morning flights. Addam had somehow picked up a card for a free drink at a bar above Primo’s, so Ben and I stuck around while he took full advantage of it. After a few minutes of watching boats pull into a port by the water while Addam had a Sam Adams, we headed back to the Hilton to say our goodbyes.

We went by Ginny and Dave’s room first, followed by Emily and Ryan’s. It’s so hard to hug my sister goodbye without knowing when I’ll see her again, and no matter how many times we do it, it never seems to get any easier. As strongly as I believe that we should be in the same city, in the meantime I’m crossing my fingers that Addam and I will be able to make it up to Athens for Thanksgiving or Christmas. I don’t know how I’d ever make it another eight months.

Winston and Andrew met us at the hotel, and after a bit of confusion, we finally found them both and headed home. (We found Winston flirting with some girls while coming out of an elevator, but at that point he had lost Andrew and seemed to have several different stories about what happened to him. We finally found our Marlboro Man in the hotel lobby, asking a concierge if he had seen anyone who matched our description.)

Once everyone was accounted for, the boys and I dropped Winston off at his hotel to prepare for his flight the next morning. The rest of us headed back to Addam and my apartment to listen to some tunes, put together the futon and pass out for the night. (The guys were supposed to leave that day, but Addam and I convinced them to hang out and leave Monday afternoon.)

Unfortunately, Ben and Andrew’s “bonus night” didn’t end very well. Addam and I live in a pretty shady neighborhood, and someone broke into Ben’s Tracker. Addam discovered two broken windows after heading by Winston’s hotel for a quick goodbye on Monday morning. Whoever broke in took everything, including a dufflebag full of Andrew’s clothes and Ben’s laptop. Addam spent the morning filing a police report and saran-wrapping the windows so that the boys would have a relatively safe trip home.

After some tough goodbyes, our boys were on their way, completing our wedding weekend.

While I wish that I was still surrounded by friends and family, all good things must come to an end. As sad as I was to say goodbye to everyone, and my wedding day, I feel incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to share the most important day of my life with the most important people in my life.

It was a weekend that Addam and I will remember forever, thanks to the incredible people we shared it with. Our lives are fuller because you’re in it.

Thank you all, for everything. We hope you had as much fun as we did.

“What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” — T.S. Eliot, playwright, poet, literary critic (1888-1965).

4 Responses to “Weddapalooza: Sunday, August 21 and Monday, August 22”

  1. Emily Evans September 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    “It’s so hard to hug my sister goodbye without knowing when I’ll see her again, and no matter how many times we do it, it never seems to get any easier.” i feel the exact same way 😦 i miss you more than i can say…

  2. Emily Evans September 21, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    ps. PERFECT quote!! the end of such an amazing weekend is the beginning of your lives together as husband and wife! and you’ve got one lil sistaa who couldn’t be happier about it 🙂

    • judy evans September 22, 2011 at 9:46 am #

      I agree 🙂
      What a FABULOUS beginning ……………
      I love you.

      • Moma September 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

        I totally agree with Judy and Emily. The quote at the end says it all!!

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