Mike and Stephanie’s Wedding

This morning, we slept in for a little, and we were able to have a little bit of breakfast. We had to get showered and ready for Mike and Stephanie’s wedding. His cousin was getting married. I was so happy for them. I was excited to see Megan as well. She was making the trip for the wedding.

Before we left the house, I called his mom asking her if she needed our help with Grandma. She said, no I think we got it. I said, oh okay, Drew said something about following you guys to the church? Or helping with Grandma? She said, “Oh, he mentioned he didn’t know where the church was.” I said, “Oh okay, I do, and we will just meet you at the church, if you don’t need our help.” She said, “Alright, we will see you at the church.”

Our way to the church, we stopped at McDonald’s and got a breakfast sandwich we weren’t sure when we were going to eat, then we got a coffee at Starbucks. Then we were on our way to the church. We actually got there before his parents. I was surprised. They supposedly left a little early. We took our seats, and then when they arrived, his mom asked us if we wanted to move up to the front with them, since they had grandma, we could have better seats, so we all sat in the third row. It was nice. Megan and I sat together. She was studying on her phone during the unimportant parts, and texting Tommy throughout the ceremony.  I can’t imagine how hard it is.

When the ceremony got started, the bride walked down the aisle without her veil on, and then halfway through the mass, the priest made a statement and said, “Lets take a moment, and get your veil on and get you married.” How does that happen!?! After the ceremony, Drew and I wanted to go to the bar at the Hotel and just hang out. Megan wanted to join us, as well. I don’t blame her. Grandma had to stay for a few pictures, then Drew helped her in the car. We then drove off to the hotel. Megan, Drew and I all chatted on the way to the hotel.

Once we arrived to the hotel, Drew let us off at the front and we went inside to the bar, and ordered two Bud lights. She and I gossiped and chatted about her weekend in Texas with Tommy, and about our family. She was more open with me, and I finally feel like she is connecting with me, as a friend. I am so excited. I know she is different, but we are definitely bonding.

Drew eventually joined us, and he ordered a Bud light as well. We munched on Gardinello’s and it was relaxing. While Drew was in the bathroom, his parents showed up with Grandma. Andrew’s dad joined us at the bar, and ended up picking up our tab.

Finally, we were allowed outside to the cocktail hour at 5:00pm. Megan and I walked outside, Drew and his dad eventually joined us. She and I checked out the seating chart. Drew, Megan, and I were at the same table, whereas Mom, Dad, and Grandma were at a different table. I was hoping we could all sit together, but at least we were with familiar faces. Carl, Uncle Carl, MaryJo, Kelly, and her date were at our table as well.

The cocktail hour was okay, we had some cheese, bread, tomato caprese on a stick, Swedish meatballs, and I had a stain on my dress. I went to the bathroom with Megan, and she used the restroom, and I dabbed the stain on my dress, which I was able to get out no problem. We stopped over to see how mom and grandma were doing. They weren’t at the cocktail hour. They were sitting in the lobby until the reception started which wasn’t until 7pm. Megan and I sat with them for second, and his mom said, “I don’t know why the Catholic’s can’t have a wedding after 2pm.” I said, “Well they have to have 4pm mass, it is a business.” She said, “I just can’t stand the catholic faith, more pedophiles as priests and their rituals.” I said, “I understand, but I found a new found respect for the catholic faith, watching my dad become a catholic. It is special the rituals and the way they do things.” Grandma chimed in, “I can’t stand the Catoholics. Are you a catholic?” I said, “Yes, Grandma I am. I had a Catholic wedding and you were there. There is good and bad in every faith.” They didn’t say anything. I stood up shortly after to go back to the cocktail hour. Megan went with me. She said, “Does she always do that to you? I said, “Yes, dog my faith? Yes.” She said, “Wow, I mean it’s not for everyone, but I don’t judge.” I have been dealing with it for so long now, but I am getting tired of keeping quiet.

  

The Reception moved kind of slow. The bride didn’t have her garter, and one of the bridesmaids had to go retrieve it from the hotel room.  Ashley had a tree nut allergy and there was one nut in her salad, she ate it and someone had to find her a Benadryl. It was chaos. No one was really dancing, but we were having so much fun eating the cookie table, and drinking. Drew and I left when his parents’ left. It was about 10:00pm. We both were so tired and it was a long day.

 

 

 

 

 

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