We win!

So, we’ve come full circle really: pumpkin to the wedding.

What a great (and entirely exhausting) weekend! Aaron and I had the greatest wedding ever! Ok, well, maybe not, but it was exactly as I wanted it to be, minus a couple of people who could not attend. I thought it was really warm (sometimes too warm, really — we couldn’t find the thermostats), intimate, fun, cozy, friendly, loving and just…well, sweet. The ceremony was brief — Aaron read his cute vows, I read mine, Maggie figured out how to untie Sarayu’s knot on the ring pillow, we exchanged rings, Maggie the Minister announced our marriage and we all toasted with champagne! Ta-da! Then we dug into Aaron’s delicious carnitas and Bloom Bakeshop’s amazing cupcakes. Yum! [Sidenote: I could not recommend Bloom more — the owner is an absolute delight to work with, the cupcakes were gorgeous and taste-a-licious (I thought I might die when eating my cookie dough cupcake), and she readily made a couple gluten-free treats for my gluten-sensitive friend. Also, I didn’t even specify ANYTHING for her — just two gluten-free — and let her do what she does best: make delicious, and fun, cupcakes. Four thumbs up!]

The night went along and we played games, chatted, ate, drank, lit sparklers, Steve lit many sparklers at once causing the most disgusting blister I have ever seen, toasted to 2011 and finally went to bed. On Saturday, we were all treated to the World’s Most Amazing Breakfast (WMAB) courtesy of Terry & Steve. The b-fast included hot items, cold items, protein, carbs, starches, dairy, fruit, coffee, eighteen kinds of juices, bloody marys, mimosas, and leftover cupcakes galore! It was truly spectacular.

Then came the Rose Bowl. We’ll gloss over that part because, really, who cares. Hot dogs, leftover carnitas, hot hors d’oeuvres, more drinks, more games and more celebration carried the day (and evening).

On Sunday, almost all folks hit the road. I cried a lot when Sarayu left; I felt so grateful for her coming all that way to spend time with us. I felt that way about everyone, of course, but it hit me particularly hard to see my Little Indian head out to head home. Four of Aaron’s friends stayed until Monday, though, which meant Go Packers! Go Post-season! Go Sister Bay Bowl! And Go Kate & Aaron are up until 2 am again! Zoinks.

Monday morning came fast and the six of us acted like a well-oiled machine to get the house back in order for the Incredibly Strict Owner’s scrutiny. We had to be out by 10 a.m., but we beat the buzzer by at least 15 minutes. The ride home was rough — Gracie and Aaron and I all had a hard time keeping our eyes open. I really don’t think I’ve ever been so tired in my life. Aaron was a champ with the driving (I suggested we ask if Rosendale had a secret hotel somewhere) and we were home before 3 pm. We unloaded the car (and by “we” I really mean Aaron), which was even more full than when we drove up, if that’s possible. I took a nap and was still down for the count before 10 pm.

Best weekend ever? For me, definitely.

A special thanks goes out to Gwendolyn for her beautiful flower arranging; Heather for the last-minute chip run; Jane for making the world’s most beautiful ring pillow; Maggie for being an incredibly flexible and sweet minister; Terry and Steve for hauling our loads of crap, helping out in every possible way and for hosting the WMAB; my mom and Severa for the cupcakes and hors d’oeuvres; Mike, Jess, Stacy & Zach for the clean-up help; Sara & Chuck for not killing us for being short a room; CJ for letting Sara & Chuck stay with her; and Sarayu for best all-around: she did my make-up, she listened to me complain and didn’t get angry when I snapped, she did my hair, she slept in a different room every night of her stay, she slept on a couch, she bought me batteries, she brought me prosecco, she made my martinis (are you seeing a theme) and she had my back every time I needed it. Which was kinda a lot. I’m incredibly blessed to have the friends and family I do. I am so lucky. And I’m so very lucky to have Aaron. He’s a true gem.

And Gracie is the best dog ever.


7 Responses to “We win!”

  1. 1 Raoser January 6, 2011 at 1:40 am

    Well, I was more than honored to be there for it and you every step of the way. Not only did I get a whole week with my best girl and my second family, I got carnitas, gluten-free cupcakes, fun new eyeshadow, more sleep than I’ve had in months, and tons of puppy time! (Even though I had to limit it due to the remnants of my dumb chest cold/ asthma).

    It was such a beautiful wedding and a wonderful week all around. Plus, you worked it out so I barely had to be outside and when I was those first few days, it wasn’t even that cold! Thanks Kate!!!

    I really loved being home with you, sweets. You did the most amazing job with your wedding. I’ve told so many people out here all about it, and I’ve shown them your beautiful pics and video and everyone is simply blow away. Who even thinks to have their own water and soda, let alone M & M’s and coasters!

    I can’t say it enough- it was just perfection.

    Congratulations to you both, and may you have a lifetime of New Year’s Eves as wonderful as this one.

  2. 2 Jane Roe January 6, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    It was such a beautiful wedding and a grand time. I am very happy for you and Aaron.

  3. 3 aaronandgracie January 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

    A gem? You are! Best wedding ever or just of the millenium? Discuss.

  4. 4 Mary (mom) January 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    it was a beautiful celebration. Very sweet, warm relaxed and loving. I was happy we all could be together.

  5. 5 Raoser January 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm


  6. 6 gwendolyngarden January 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    It was the best weekend ever. We had a wonderful time! I’m so glad you liked the flowers and the house was beautiful and Salad Bowl should be memorialized as the best party game in history.

  7. 7 Melody December 3, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Keeep on writing, great job!

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