Friday morning started bright and early and with a free breakfast at the hotel. After eating, we headed to my cousins’ rental so the kids could play with their cousin and I could go running with mine! It’s pretty much the only exercise I got on this trip, unless you include lifting my arm to drink wine. I did plenty of that too!
Our little running group did a 5.4 mile loop around the area and through the Gundlach Bundschu vineyards. I wish I had brought my camera with me because it was SO BEAUTIFUL. <– are you tired of me saying this yet?
I ran down this. Of course, I ran up some steep roads to get here first!
We finished in 50 something minutes and I honestly wish I had more time to run this route again. But, you know, wine called. We all had a great time running – and it made me wish (yet again) that I lived closer to these guys.
(courtesy, aka stolen, from my cousin Jen’s FB page)
After the run, we headed back to the hotel where I got ready for the wedding (all but my dress) – and then headed over to the bridal suite, over at B.R. Cohn, so that L could get her hair done.
Besides the flights, the thing I was MOST nervous about trip was this hair appointment. L barely sits still for me — so I questioned her ability to stay seated and cooperate. And it turns out… she proved me wrong.
She was a CHAMP and loved EVERY minute of it.
After her hair – it was time for the bride to get ready. Isn’t her hair and makeup beautiful?
While everyone was getting ready we Oo’d and Aah’d over the flowers.
Amazing, I mean AMAZING job done by Nancy Liu Chin
L and I then slipped into our dresses and then stood out front of the winery as watchmen — waiting for the groom…
There he is!
Ben and Christina did a “first look” (which I have yet to see) and then took almost all of their pictures before the wedding. They wanted to celebrate with their guests who all flew out to be with them on their special day!
L and I hung out in the bridal suite while everyone took pictures – it was fun spying on them.
When they finished they joined us to cool off (it was a good 90 degrees out that day – if not hotter) and enjoyed some wine.
I have known these “boys” for 12+ years now. How are they all grown up?
After some last minute touch ups – L and I left with the groomsmen and headed to the hill.
While we waited for the girls, we enjoyed some refreshments (Christina left out NO detail!).
After about 10-15 minutes the ceremony started. Everyone looked lovely!
Ben, when he saw Christina coming down the aisle.
I was focused on this little lady…
I actually completely missed the flowers girls until the end. Rumor has it, L picked up some rocks on the way. That’s my girl.
The ceremony was short, but sweet. There were a few tears (from me) and laughter (the happy couple).
And just like that – they were married!
We posed for a few family pictures…
and then headed up to cocktail hour.
Followed by dinner and checking out the surroundings…
My brother, AJ, was the best man and gave a heartfelt and humorous speech
and cake cutting (and other desserts!)
How cute are these cupcakes?
Then there was dancing…
And more dancing…
Ok, and yeah, a lot of drinking.
We finished the night dancing to Hey Jude and then got on the PARTY BUS (which took US back to the hotel – I’m pretty sure everyone else kept partying).
It was an absolutely beautiful day, celebrating two wonderful people. Congrats to Ben and Christina! May your lives together be full of health, happiness, and love <3