Can I get a WOOP WOOP?!?!
Ok. Moving on. I know y'all are just sitting on the edge of your rollee office chairs about ready to crash to the floor because of all the drool you're secreting from your wait about what dress I decided to go with. So I shall start with that, and work my way back.
I know, I don't have the shoes in the picture. I'm tellin' y'all, those were like little flesh eating Devil's on my feet and I could only wear them for 2.F*ckMyFeetHurt minutes.
Actually, I was very happy with my choice, and I THANK YOU ALL for helping me with such a difficult and life altering decision.
But Ryan says I cheated. He says that most of you wanted the black belt and shoes to win. Well. It's my blog. And I can interpret that most of you meant that you really wanted the brown to win. Just kidding. Seriously, I had an equal amount of votes for the black vs the brown, maybe not on the blog, but in real life. So I just went with the brown.
Oh, you wanna know another thing that little ol' Ryan decided: That I shouldn't have worn either heels and went with cowboy boots instead!
How freaking adorable would that have been?!?!
I informed my genius husband that he should have mentioned that little tidbit of information BEFORE I packed and drove 2 hours away from my boots.
I mean, why else did I marry you but for you to help me pick out my cloths and then pack my crap for me?!?! I mean, really, why?
Be warned, you're about to get a photo explosion below. Read on if you dare.
Alright, the start of the evening was a leisurely dinner at my fav restaurant Hibachi Hut, which happens to be Cajun food. Yes, Cajun food in Kansas does exist. And it's A.Maz.Ing!
|Everyone chowing down.|
And I took stupid pictures like this out at the bar, trying to act like a 22 year old college student:
After I nearly pulled Ryan's arm off as he carried me to the car, then basically into the hotel, I woke up the next morning feeling like a ray of sunshine.
We had lots of fun adventures on Saturday, which included taking pictures of my other cousin's little 6 month old cutey (pics to come later) and doing a lot of debit card swiping. It'd be a sin to come to my alma mater and not contribute to all the local shops for endless KSU apparel! Right? Right.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that it freaking poured all afternoon and evening. And this was supposed to be an outside wedding, mind you. But thankfully there was a barn where the reception was to take place, that they just converted to the ceremony location real quick like.
So, trudging through the torrential downpours of Hurricane Bastardpants (in Kansas, remember) to the barn door was fun. In heels. And a dress. But I made it, without falling on my ass and getting mud in places that mud should not be. I win.
And you know what laid outside the door before you walked in to take your seats, looking all refreshing and ice cold?!?! A entire trough full of alcoholic beverages!! To enjoy DURING the wedding. Thank you baby Jesus. This wedding is going to be AWESOME!
I grabbed me a frosty one and a coozey (yes, they provided those too) and headed to our seats. The ceremony was beautiful and the bride was gorgeous!
|Tessa and her dad walking down the aisle.|
|Ceremony on the porch. Outside the barn.|
The bride wore a strapless dress that was fitted on top, but then the bottom was just layers and layers of lace. Bridesmaids had light gray and navy dresses that weren't the same style, but went together so well. And the groom and groomsmen just wore vests, tie and long sleeve shirts. Oh and pants. They had on pants.
The decorations were baby's breath and flowers that you would imagine would be found out in a field or pasture, bright and fun. There were mason jars with lace around them, banners made of burlap, and antiques laying around everywhere.
After the vows, the bride and groom ceremoniously 'drove' away in this:
|My cousin Pat and his beautiful bride Tessa!! Married at last!|
If I did something like that, I'd just look like I crawled out of the trailer park. But when they do it, they just look so adorable!
The reception started soon after, where I got a great pic with the bride:
I did just realize that I have no picture with my cousin Pat. Hummmmm.
The food was to die for! They roasted 2 pigs and had the sides catered in from Hibachi Hut!!! Perfect! Best wedding food I've ever had. EVAH!
And then I dug right in to the centerpiece.
And somehow this happened:
After we filled our bellies, we decided to check out the grounds. The place they had the wedding is a ranch that you can rent out, which includes use of the barn, the house, and all of the 250 acres. It's called Prairiewood Retreat and Preserve, and you can check the website HERE.
The house was amazing! It is my dream house, and I shall live there forever.
|Upstairs kitchen and living area.|
|Upstairs living area.|
|Downstairs. And my cousin Kendal being cool.|
|POOL!!!! I want I want I want I want.|
|View from the pool down to the barn.|
And because a Sheik family event is not complete without the use of a golf cart, we decided to take a joy ride in the pasture.
But that's ok. Because we had serious beer to drink on the porch of the barn. Serious people.
|Ryan, Brett, and Nevada.|
|Me and my cousin Kelly.|
|My cousin Tom, me, and being photo-bombed by a family friend Dan. Thanks Dan, that was nice of you.|
|My cousin Jamie, Casey, and me.|
All in all, that was one of the best weddings I've been too. Partly because it's my family, but partly because of the place and the relaxed sense of the party. I would totally pull a mulligan and have another wedding just.like.this!
Congrats Pat & Tessa!!!! Hope your marriage is filled with love, hope, and joy, every day of your lives!!!