this was the house all the faraway, young, poor guests got to stay at! it was also where the reception was at, which was AWESOME when your bed was right upstairs. sarah and tanika in the kitchen on the 4th of july, the day before the wedding.
sarah's aunt was supposed to come and do all the flower bouquets. she has a pacemaker, though, and he heart started freaking out in o'hare. her pacemaker shocked her 9 times! in the airport! poor lady... so she was all by herself in the intensive care unit in chicago. she's doing much better, apparently, thank goodness. so we all ended up doing the bouquets first thing in the morning on the 4th of july.
the most beautiful roses.
the back deck where the dinner was.
mountain poppies! is that an oxymoron?
all the ladies doing the flowers.
i was pretty proud of our flowers! granted, we had a lot of awesome stuff to work with.
tanika, katrina, and i all went into town after the bouquet making. we caught a bit of the parade and found a dress for tanika and a super cute jacket for me (which i ended up REALLY needing in the cold, cold mountains!).
that night was the rehearsal dinner/barbecue/drinking fest at daniel's parents' rented place. here's me and katrina.
hunsen's the cutest. a lot of these people were people i had met years ago when i lived with my parents and went and visited sarah and daniel in champaign-urbana nearly every weekend. old familiar faces!
yeah, this doesn't look like trouble at ALL. that's lance, simon, and mikey.
sarah and katrina. sarah just looked beautiful all weekend long.
me and tanika before the wedding. i hope the photographer got some better pictures of me!
sarah with her mom and dad RIGHT before the wedding started! so pretty!
look at how gorgeous she is!
can you spot me in here? hint: i had bleach blond hair.
yeah... it was pretty much stunning.
i love this picture so much.
me and sari!
tanika and katrina OWNING the dance floor. they kept running into everyone. hilarious.
mandy and karl.
the first dance.
the reception tables. the green bottles held just regular vodka, and the blue ones held "delicious awesomeness" (aka homemade vodka, aka moonshine). this was a polish wedding, after all.
and tanika, sarah, and me. aw!
now i'm all, "i wanna get married!"