It’s a good thing Joel and I are celebrating our 12th anniversary this summer (and that I unfortunately missed Ben’s wedding in June) because then without a conflict of interest I can say Tim and Mark’s wedding was the celebration of the decade!
We packed up our crew and spent four days in Suncadia for wedding events. We brought along my parents to help with the kiddo wrangling and we had a GREAT time! The only blip on the screen was Graham coming down with a nasty stomach bug in the middle of the weekend (THANK YOU Campa for being there for him first thing in the morning) but he rallied and was able to participate in the wedding ceremony.
We headed over on a HOT Thursday morning and made a pit stop in North Bend for some play time, shave ice hunting and grabbing lunch on the road.
First up was the Holud for an official Bengali kick off to the wedding festivities. Tim’s family generously provided many guests with outfits and we all gathered to meet other wedding guests, provide blessings and well wishes to Tim and Mark, dine on delicious Indian food and many of us got hennaed.
Graham and Miles were pretty comical. They were so bored with standing around waiting for Mark and Tim to arrive. We heard a chorus of “I’m bored.” “Now what” “What are we doing” and then….
The car with Mark and Tim pulled up and the boys went running and screaming over to them for hugs (instead of standing back and observing like good guests would have done).
The grooms enter the house and take their places.
Alice had fun walking around and taking in all the sights of the colorful outfits and happy people.
Eventually it was our turn to offer our blessings (Thanks for holding us a spot and letting us cut in line Kerry!).
Well wishes, hugs, bites of cheese cake and some paste on the forehead for blessings.
Time to party!
Henna and Dr. Pepper the perfect combination!
By mid-morning it was clear that Graham was out for the count so later in the day I took just Miles to ring bearer rehearsals and Graham stayed home with Campa while the rest of us went to the BBQ rehearsal dinner.
Miles and Alice were a little more familiar with people by dinner so we had a great time talking with people and enjoying more delicious food. Again we took the kids back for bedtime with the grandparents and Joel and I headed out for the evening smores party and got to meet up with friends who were just arriving for the wedding the next day.
We had personalized shirts made for the kids and surprised Mark and Tim with “#sungaydia15” tshirts which many of the wedding friends bought too.
I was honored to be asked to do a reading at the ceremony and barely made it through my tears of joy. If only I hadn’t looked back at Mark and Tim so many times during my piece. I think many people shared in my tears that day. It was just such a wonderful celebration of the love two people share.
She was really in to watching everyone walking up front and watching the speaking. But by the time we were ten minutes into the ceremony she was getting wiggly and kept repeating “All done getting married” and she spent the second half of the ceremony in the back with Joel.
Alice danced to the music of the string quartette during the after party and once the ceremony was finished we let the kids FINALLY run around and be wild in their party outfits. Grandma made Alice a beautiful dress that pulled in the wedding colors perfectly.
Upon arrival at the reception spot I just stood back and took it all in, it was perfect!
And at some point standing on rocks became a thing with the kids.
The three Davis kids frolicking and singing.
It was such a perfect night. I can’t wait to see the professional photos. Even the phone camera pictures were beautiful.The next day was pack up time – we had until 11:00 to gather up our explosion of gear, toys and supplies all over the house – while trying to entertain three cranky kids. Graham had another episode of throwing up in the early morning so we had a sick kid on our hands too. I felt bad that he was so sick and there wasn’t much we could do until we were home. It was a bit stressful but we made it.
The next few days we chipped away at unpacking everything at home while riding the high of the wedding weekend of the decade.