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Love in Lowell: Fun in the Sun

With the wedding day festivities behind us, Mr. Library and I woke up in better moods and ready to finish off the wedding weekend with a relaxing luncheon at Mr. Sox’s parents’ house.  After a continental breakfast (which was actually pretty good) and a little sadness because we missed the opportunity to go out to breakfast with the newly-minted Soxes, we packed up our belongings and hit the road… all three miles of it.  Yeah, we were that close to their house.

By the time we arrived, people had already settled into their munchies and were sprawled out across the deck and inside the living room.  There was quite a spread of food, and the newlyweds were busy greeting everyone.  If any brides out there are thinking about having a “day after” event, I highly recommend it for no other purpose than being able to speak to people and really enjoy their company.  Wedding days are crazy, and the day after allows you to soak in more of the attention and love.

I still had my helpful bridesmaid hat on, so I ran around doing whatever the bride needed, like getting pins to make sure her bra didn’t creep out of her dress.  We mingled with other wedding party members and caught up on all of the scandalous tales from the night before.  Apparently, Brother Sox kissed a 20-year-old woman?  And then promptly forgot her name.  Oh yeah, and he had brought a date to the wedding, though I think they were just friends.  Ahhh, Brother Sox.

People went swimming, lounged in Adirondack chairs, and enjoyed the warm weather.  By the time I decided to get into my bathing suit, everyone was leaving and it was getting cold.  Oh well.  With a few remaining people, Mrs. and Mr. Sox headed back into the house to open some wedding gifts.  I was a little eager yet nervous for them to open the one Mr. Library and I had purchased.  You see, we had already given them their main gift, a super sweet ice cream-making ball, when they came to our wedding, but on our honeymoon, we saw something else that we thought they should have.  I’ll be honest, Mr. Library found them and told me it was a good idea.  I was hesitant.  I was already “that bridesmaid” who had done the panty line during the shower.  Did I want to be “that bridesmaid” who brought the risque wedding gift too?  But then it hit me.  Mrs. Sox brought me to a pole dancing class.  Yep, we were giving this gift!

What was it?  We got them two kitchen aprons from Italy, one with the body of the Venus and the other with the body of the David.  Oh yeah, we went there.  We Libraries are nothing but classy!  I think Mrs. Sox was a little mortified to open the gift in front of some parental figures in the room, but Mr. Sox got a kick out of them.  And for the record, I’m pretty sure Mommy Sox will never look at me the same way again.  Ever.

Once a few gifts were opened and *cough* enjoyed, we cleaned up the food and beverages and decided it was time to say our goodbyes.  The newlyweds would be heading off to Mexico in the morning, and Mrs. Sox still needed to go shopping for some last minute supplies.  Sunscreen, anyone?  It was sad to go, but we knew they would have a blast.  We thanked everyone for having us, packed up our car, and drove the 3.5 hours home, exhausted, happy, and a little sunburned.  The Sox wedding had been a major success, and I had managed not to mess up her wedding.  It was win-win all around.

Almost Six Months Later Update:

Mrs. Sox and Mr. Sox have recently moved into their own apartment and love it!  I wish we were able to see them more, but when we move to Massachusetts in the somewhat near future, we will be able to a whole lot more!  Happy almost six month anniversary, Soxes!

The Love in Lowell Series:

The Bachelorette Party

Mr. Library and I Arrive

The Wedding Elves Rescue Dessert

The Rehearsal

The Rehearsal Dinner

The Night Before

Getting Our Hairs Did

Playing Dress-Up

The First Look

Show Time!

Just Dance!

A Grand Farewell

Volumes of Love: Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming…

On July 18, around 9 AM, I woke up a married woman.  Well, a groggy married woman.  A happy, groggy married woman.  Once we got up, Mr. Library and I decided that the first full day of marriage deserved a fantastic start.  We had requested that the hotel bring us up a couple slices of wedding cake to our room in case we didn’t get any during our reception, and man, they delivered.  They had wrapped up a slice of each flavor!  Taking advantage of their excellent service, we decided that a marriage should begin with lots of cake.  So we ate all four pieces.  All. Four.

This was all that was left of our breakfast (only because the middles were plastic.  Yeah, I made that mistake).

Once we felt like we were going to burst from cake and buttercream, we packed up our gear, including my dress, and headed down to find the rest of our guests.  We had invited people to join us for an informal brunch get together, but when it took a bit to pack the cars with the wedding leftovers, a lot of people simply peaced out.  Sad but true.

There were, however, a great number of wedding party members who stuck around.  Unfortunately, the day after our wedding was fun for some and painful for others.  You see, BIL Library thought it wise to go shot for shot (and drink for drink) with Mr. Library’s Aunt S and then by himself.  Mr. Sox, Sister Library’s boyfriend, and Best Man K also got in on this dubious life choice.  The next morning was ugly.  Very ugly.  The fruit platter the resort had left for us the night before was used as some hangover repellant (or repair) for Mr. Sox, but the rest were left to suffer on their own.  This is what became of BIL Library:

We had all planned on going to a nearby restaurant for brunch, but since Bethel is a ski town, the information online was very very wrong.  And we were let very very hungry.  So what is a hungry bridal party to do?

Go to Melby’s, of course!  For those of you who don’t live around Southern Maine, Melby’s is a little hometown restaurant in Waterford that wouldn’t ever make it to a culinary magazine for their decor but would for their amazing homemade comfort food.  I have grown up going to breakfast at Melby’s — it used to be named Tut’s General Store — and I was thrilled that I could share it with my friends.  I’m not sure the restaurant was as excited as I was, but they didn’t disappoint with their food.  Even though I was full of cake, I still made room for some delicious eggs, hash browns, and toast.  Mmmmm…  Mr. Sox had the most interesting order of the morning.  To cure his hangover, he ordered a side of bacon.  And Gatorade.  That’s it.  The waiter’s head almost exploded.

After breakfast, we said goodbye to a few people who wanted to head home and then caravan-ed to FIL and MIL Library’s house for our after-wedding pool party!  Our guests who had stuck around were treated to leftover wedding cake, wedding favors, snacks, and a cook out.  We swam, laughed, and towards the end, opened presents!

Like the amazing friends and bridesmaids that they are, Miss Sox and Bridesmaid Al took photos and wrote down everything we opened.  While I won’t bore you with all of the photos they took, I will highlight some of the most meaningful and useful presents we opened that day.

This is Mom Library next to our HUGE pile of gifts.  Our guests were far too generous.  With our tiny apartment, we didn’t even know where to put some of it.  This has now been fixed, thanks to my inherited ability to stuff things away like Dad Library.

My proudest moment probably came when we couldn’t get the box open to Miss Sox and Mr. Sox’s gift.  Needless to say, they were totally impressed by my ingenious solution.

One amazing gift that came in super handy during our honeymoon was a Flip camera from Groomswoman K.  We used this thing everywhere on our honeymoon, Miss Sox and Mr. Sox’s wedding, and during our second ceremony.  We love it!

While all of our gifts were lovely and appreciated, this one took the cake.  This was a gift from Gram Library.

This was the first quilt my grandmother ever made.  Some of the fabric on the inner squares is from a dress I had when I was a baby.  I cannot tell you how much this means to me.  She had always been planning on giving it to me for my wedding, and here it was.  It’s almost too pretty to use it, but I’m not sure that’s what she would want.  (And check it out… it features two of our major wedding colors!)

People began to leave around early evening as many of them came from out of state, and Mr. Library and I double checked our honeymoon bags.  We had left them both at MIL and FIL Library’s house because my Aunt C and Aunt P have a nasty track record for messing with newlyweds’ luggage before a honeymoon.  When my parents got married, they took their suitcases and filled the underwear with rice and sewed up the leg holes.  It was simply too risky to leave our bags in a location they could find.  And I mean that in the most loving way possible.

With goodbye hugs and kisses from FIL and MIL Library, we headed back to my parents’ house to bask in our post-wedding high and get ready for our flights the next day.  And the rest?  Well, you’ve already read about that!

Walk me through this:

Our bridal party began to come together!

We did as UPS does!

We’re cat-walking baby!

We practiced eating!

Our wedding gets Jewish!

The girls and I have a slumber party!

I fell in love with a poet.

Mr. Library runs around.

Wake up call!

Christmas in July

Hairscapades abound

Making us up as we go

The Groom Squad strikes back

Magical flowers

We get the deets.

What should I wear today?

Click click click flash

Ding ding ding goes the trolley

The Groom Squad activates

We hear the music.

The guests are coming!  The guests are coming!

Let’s have a parade!

A walk to remember

We do?  Yes!  We do!

Let’s have a hug

Documenting the love

Our friends get in on the act

We find a snack in a pretty field.

We keep it in the family.

We dance into the reception.

Ch-ch-ch-chow down!

You have a little something on your face…

Dancing in tune

Catch!

There’s so much to love about the reception.

The photo booth genius

We could have danced all night!

We can sleep when we’re older!

Volumes of Love: The Final Hours

By the time we got up to the Groom Squad’s suite, it was already about midnight.  I was exhausted, but I wanted to live up every moment before my body and mind finally shut down.  Mr. Library also needed to grab his belongings from the suite, so we decided to join in on the impromptu after-party that was taking place.  There weren’t many people, just a handful of groom squad members, bridesmaids, and their dates (the sign of an awesome wedding if everyone wants to hang out even when they aren’t being told to do it!).  People passed around some drinks, and we all settled in just to chat.

There were definitely some stories told that made me question just how much I knew about our friends (weddings bring out the crazies in people, I tell you!) and there were times that made us closer together.  As much as I wanted to just pass out, I am glad we spent that time with our friends after.

Around 12:30, Mr. Library and I called it a night and told our friends good night.  We walked back to our hotel room, grabbed my heels and a groomsman’s jacket that had been left at one of the tables, and got on the elevator to our suite.  On the way up, two gentlemen joined us.  See that Mr. Library was in a suit and I was in a dress, they asked if we had gone to the wedding.

We looked at each other, smiled, and said a sheepish, “Oh yeah!”

The guy then asked if it was any good, and we smiled even wider and gave him a simple, “Yes, very good.”

Once we reached our suite, it was bedtime.  There was brunch and a pool party to get to in the morning!

Walk me through this:

Our bridal party began to come together!

We did as UPS does!

We’re cat-walking baby!

We practiced eating!

Our wedding gets Jewish!

The girls and I have a slumber party!

I fell in love with a poet.

Mr. Library runs around.

Wake up call!

Christmas in July

Hairscapades abound

Making us up as we go

The Groom Squad strikes back

Magical flowers

We get the deets.

What should I wear today?

Click click click flash

Ding ding ding goes the trolley

The Groom Squad activates

We hear the music.

The guests are coming!  The guests are coming!

Let’s have a parade!

A walk to remember

We do?  Yes!  We do!

Let’s have a hug

Documenting the love

Our friends get in on the act

We find a snack in a pretty field.

We keep it in the family.

We dance into the reception.

Ch-ch-ch-chow down!

You have a little something on your face…

Dancing in tune

Catch!

There’s so much to love about the reception.

The photo booth genius

We could have danced all night!

 

 

A Bright Spot

In the midst of all of the stress and panic this week (trust me, there are more storm clouds that I haven’t shared yet), there was a distinct bright spot.  Mr. Library came home for the weekend (which is almost always a ray of sun), and while we were eating dinner with his family, FMIL Library piped up with her classic line, “So I was thinking…”  Normally, this sentence makes my stomach flip.  She was thinking… about what?  What does this mean I have to do now?  Are we going to have to smile and play along until she forgets about something?  Does this mean another DIY project?  Augh.

(Source)

Thankfully, she followed those words up with a fabulous idea, one that I had been playing around with for a while but never really wanted to ask about.  FMIL Library declared that she wanted to host an after-wedding cookout at their house.  Mr. Library’s family has a pool, which is amazing in the summer, so our guests would be able to relax and enjoy the vibe of the wedding weekend some more.  We would have food, laughter, swimming, and just relaxing since Mr. Library and I don’t leave for our honeymoon until the next day in the evening.  Sound awesome to you?  Yeah, I thought so too!

So here is our plan:  After the guests check out and get breakfast, they can drive from our reception location to the FILs’ house, which is about 40 minutes away.  We will provide directions for them, of course.  We will do some grilling and chilling for the rest of the afternoon.  I am wondering how many people will come.  I’m envisioning that it will mostly be close family, the bridal party members, and some other guests, probably not all 110 people (or at least I hope that will not be true!  That’s a lot of burgers…)

Next step:  Make the invitation insert!  I’ll leave you with a teaser about all of our other inserts together from this weekend… there are four so far.  I’ll make another one for this new plan, create the belly bands, and then poof!  They are off in the mail next weekend!

What has your ray of sunshine been lately?