Kelsey, Colton, Ryan and I snuck into the Presidential Suite the day of the wedding to get a good glimpse at the bride and to hang out while everyone was doing makeup and getting fancy. Colton was smitten with all the girls getting ready and Kelsey made herself at home with the 10 bridesmaids.
In fact, at one point I turned around to find Kelsey chatting with one of the bridesmaids on the couch. “What are you guys talking about?” I asked. Kelsey looked over at me and said, “Mom, we’re talking about Disneyland.” Of course.
Later that afternoon, my in-laws had the brilliant idea to take the kids to the Westin Gaslamp to use their pool and to get them tired enough to take a nap on the wedding day. It worked! Colton and Kelsey swam, like the little fish they are, and then came back to the hotel and crashed for a 2 hour nap.
And that’s how fast the day flew by. Before I knew it, it was time for us to get ready. We kept calling Colton’s tuxedo “a costume” so he would be excited enough to wear it – I was preparing for a meltdown, but he did great. He jumped right into that tuxedo as if it really was a super hero costume. Phew. I have to tell you though, as we were getting ready, I had this out of body experience. Here’s what happened.
I was putting on Kelsey’s flower girl dress in the bathroom. I had just finished curling her hair, so I was slipping the flower girl dress over her head ever-so-slightly. As I finished tying the back of the bow on her dress, I zipped it up and she began to turn around to look at me. As she turned, she sort of twirled … and in very slow motion (it seemed) I saw her face.
She was smiling from ear to ear, looking down in awe of her dress. There she was. My daughter. My five-year-old beauty looking down on her ivory dress, so angelic. I lost it. I completely came apart because in that moment, I saw it. I saw her future. Her wedding day. There I was standing kneeling at my daughter’s feet, putting the finishing touches on her gown.
I couldn’t help it. The only thing that kept me from completely turning into putty was the fact that I had just put on my make up, eyelashes … the works. Suddenly, she napped me out of it, “Mom, are you crying?” Oops. Caught. But I just smiled and said, “Yes, darling. You look so beautiful.” One day she’ll do the same.
Kelsey and I left the bathroom only to find the next best sight I have ever seen. This. Ryan putting the finishing touches on Colton. I mean. My heart just sank back to the floor. He was so big in this moment. And yet, so incredibly small. He looked like a mini, pint-sized Ryan. He would look up at his dad, and then down at his bow tie, and back again. I literally tripped over suitcases and shoes to snap a photo. It was the best 30 minutes of the entire vacation; watching these two, so young, yet so grown up.
Can we say it was the best day? I mean, it started out like this and then just continued. The ceremony was really beautiful (I didn’t take any photos there because I was busy paying attention to all of the details). But, I will say this. The second they were ready to say their vows, Colton turns to me and says, “I have to go to the bathroom!” Ahhh … I looked toward my mother-in-law who quickly took him to do his business so I wouldn’t miss the vows. I’m telling you, my mother-in-law is a saint.
Here are some photos from the reception.
The sweetheart table and the favors! The cookies were shaped like Texas and there was a little frosting heart over Austin – it’s where the bride & groom live. I ate three of these cookies. Shhh!
At one point in the evening, Shaun came up to me and pointed to Sabrina dancing on the dance floor. With such endearment he said, “How beautiful does Sabrina look tonight?” To say this man was smitten with his new bride would be an understatement. We couldn’t agree more. She looked like she stepped out of a fairytale.
These three. My husband and my baby brothers. Love them all more than words in a blog could explain.
And that’s a wrap! These two are now in Anguilla enjoying the time of their lives. We wish them a lifetime of happily ever after’s.
*Let’s take one last look at the GORGEOUS bride and that beautiful wedding dress!