Saturday, May 30, 2015

Jessica's wedding

On May 30th, we were excited to celebrate my cousin Jessica at her wedding.  Abby was especially excited, since Jessica had asked her to be her flower girl!  Since school ended on May 21st for Abby, she was able to head down to Iowa early with my mom to help decorate for the reception and go to the dress rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.  Dave, Norah, and I drove down on Saturday morning, stopping in Webster City to have lunch with my grandma, dad, sister, and brother.  Later that afternoon, we headed to Story City for the traditional Carlson cousin wedding picture before the wedding started.  The wedding was beautiful, and Abby did a great job standing up front and holding my cousin Erin's bouquet during the vows/unity candle lighting.  After the wedding, Abby was most excited for the limo ride.  It was just a short couple of blocks to the antique carousel, where both Abby and Norah got to ride with the wedding party and had a few pictures taken.  The wedding party (including Abby) then took another short ride to a nearby bridge for a few more pictures.  We drove Abby to the reception so the wedding party could pop the champagne for the rest of the limo ride.  The girls had a blast at the reception--Abby loved being able to sit up front at the head table and Norah started dancing the night away during dinner.  Both girls lasted quite awhile on the dance floor before we called it a night and went to the hotel we were staying at for the night in Ames.  The girls slept in (!) and we had fun swimming at the hotel pool before heading home.  The memories of the wedding are still strong as the girls have an obsession with playing wedding...acting it out with everyone on our fishing trip at any down time, at the state park we stopped at on the way home, and now with their Barbies nonstop!

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