Sunday, January 9, 2011

Jeff's Wedding

On December 19th, my "little" brother (he's actually quite tall) got married to a lovely gal named Evie. It was sort of a surreal event. They announced and planned their wedding in 6 weeks or so, and I think my brain is still processing the fact that my baby brother is now a married man. It makes me feel so very, very old. Turning 30 this year was a milestone for me, but what really makes me feel old is when my younger brother gets hitched or when Steve's younger brother turns 28. These boys are still supposed to be in high school, right?

Anyway, it was a whirlwind 48 hours. Steve, Delaney, and I had just driven up to Oregon 3 weeks previously for Thanksgiving, so we weren't planning on making this a long visit. I was 32 weeks pregnant, and my midwife wasn't super keen on me traveling. It was down to the wire whether or not I would be attending, but I got the go ahead 2 days before we left.

The ceremony was simple and elegant. Jeff and Evie didn't have any attendants, but they did ask Delaney to be their flower girl. Except that she didn't throw any flowers...she just walked down the aisle...kind of. Of course the ceremony was during Delaney's nap time, she didn't really sleep much the night before, and she started running a fever right before she was supposed to go on. So you can imagine how compliant Delaney was. She walked down the aisle half way, then decided that was far enough. Steve took her the rest of the way. Once she got to Uncle Jeffy, she held his hand, danced around for a bit, and then sat back down. It wasn't what I was hoping for, but cute nonetheless.

How do you keep a cranky Delaney at bay? Bribe her with Dora downloaded on Uncle Jimmy's IPhone. And yes, that is Steve in a suit.

She made it part of the way...then Delaney needed some help from Daddy.

She was sort of stealing the show from the groom...

Exchanging rings with the lovely Evie

They're hitched!
Grammie & Grandpa did their best to keep Delaney from the open flames, water features, and a scary balcony. Side note: weddings are not really kid events.

Cutting up the cake...

Aww...the new Mr. & Mrs. Lee.

The return home was interesting at best. We were scheduled to take the late flight out of PDX on Monday evening. Halfway to the airport we received a text stating that our flight was cancelled. We got on the phone with the airline and quickly realized that our only option was to be re-routed to LAX. Uggg...all of our experiences with LAX have been pretty rough. Anyway, we got to the airport, our flight was delayed...long story short, we didn't land in LA until 11:15pm. We were given a voucher to take a Super Shuttle over to ONT airport where our car was located. We waited for an hour in the rain at LAX for the shuttle to show up, and when it did, it took half an hour to get out of the parking garage! At this point I was past the uncomfortable-I'm really too pregnant to be doing this right now- stage. Thankfully, Delaney thought it was the greatest adventure of her life. And yes, she was awake for all of it! Once we got out of LAX, our adventure continued. Through some massive miscommunication between the driver and a passenger, the driver got lost, which resulted in a screaming match between the two parties. Delaney was somehow asleep during this portion, thank the Lord Almighty. Steve and I kept looking at each other in disbelief, wondering if we were somehow being punked? We finally got to the Ontario Airport around 2:30am, and we dragged our luggage and sleepy bodies through the rain to our car. We arrived home at 3:00am and Delaney graciously slept until 7:00am. If you know Delaney, this is a big feat.

So, all of that aside, we were so glad that we could be a part of Jeffy's big day. I would have been heartbroken to have missed it. We love Jeff, and are happy with his selection in a bride. Congratulation, Jeffy and Evie. We wish you all the best!


The Lewis and Ruby Blog World said...

ooo...was the wedding at The Vue in corvallis? Pretty.

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Christina Ellis said...

Aren't you glad you're not Mary having to ride on a donkey 80 miles?!