Kara and Kevin got married on New Year's Eve in Georgetown. We headed down Wednesday for the rehearsal dinner. We had Taylor and Carleigh come with us so they could help us during the wedding. Cody was a groomsman and I was a bridesmaid, as well as Harper being a flower girl. So we needed extra hands for the trip. We met in Frisco and ran some errands and then drove to Austin. Paige slept for most of the way down there and Tay and Car fell asleep for a bit. Harper even tried to fake sleep for a bit so it was nice and quiet. We spent a bit playing Trivia Crack. We ate the truffles we stole from McCools. We played games and read books and talked for hours. I've missed spending hours and hours with my sisters. About Waco, we also realized we forgot to grab Cody's tux from the Men's Warehouse in Allen. Like, just plumb forgot. So we called and got them to overnight it to the Austin location but it was a bit of a chaotic mess.
We got to there and checked in at the hotel. Grabbed dinner and headed to the rehearsal. We got to visit with all the other girls and guys in the wedding party. Sadly, it had been a long day and the girls were exhausted. So they were grumpy and as soon as it was over, we took them back to the hotel to sleep. Cody and I headed to this cute restaurant to have the rehearsal dinner. We got to chat with Stephanie and Melanie and Jessica most of the night, so it was a good time. We headed home around 11pm. That night, Harper slept on the pull out bed. Taylor and Carleigh slept on a bed together and their phones went off about 600 times that night. Carleigh was low so we were up from about 12-1 getting her sugar up. Then, about 2 Paige decided she didn't want to sleep anymore. After a loooong time of holding, rocking, crying, patting, laying together in the bed, fussing, playing, lots of jumping, I finally got her to sleep at 4:30 and put her in her bed at 5. I honestly cannot believe she was up for that long. It was brutal. And then of course Harper was up at 7am. So up we got.
The day of the wedding, I showered and we had breakfast downstairs. We noticed Harper wasn't feeling well and had a small temperature. But she was ok otherwise, so we just moved on. Sadly, she was pretty sick and I just didn't know it. After breakfast, I headed to the hair salon with Melinda and Cody stayed with the girls. Taylor and Carleigh took care of Harper and Paige that morning. They played games, read books, napped, and hung out in the hallway and hotel. They played with Kayla, Kevin's niece who was the other flower girl. Cody had to go get his tux and grab lunch for the girls so it was kind of a crazy day. I had a blast at the hair salon. We had mimosas and tacos and talked all morning. Kara was beautiful and a little overwhelmed by still having to arrange the seating chart. I got back to the hotel around 12 and had Carleigh do my makeup. It was more than it ever is but that's because I have no clue how to do it. So it was all fancy and fabulous. Add that to my sequin, glittery, full length gold dress and I felt like a movie star. At 2pm, Cody and I headed to take wedding party pictures and the girls stayed at the hotel.
It was absolutely freezing that week. We had three outdoor locations for all our pictures in downtown Austin. We got on the shuttle bus which made it way more fun. We picked up Kara and Kevin who had already taken their first peek pictures. It was cold and we might have been a bit whiney about that, but it was still a blast. After pictures, we headed to the wedding venue. We got there and the seating chart wasn't done yet, so we all busted that out. It took about 8 of us over an hour and it was a bit crazy. After that, people started coming and we all had to touch up our hair and make up. Taylor and Carleigh brought the girls on the shuttle and they were so cute in their matching outfits. Kevin's mom made all the dresses and I love that they looked so stinking cute in them. Harper and Kayla wore little princess crowns too and loved them. As we were in the bridal room about to head out, Kara realized she couldn't find her garter. In a quick moment, we grabbed Paige's headband that was ivory lace with a gold flower and it was perfect!
The wedding was beautiful. There were 300 people there, family and friends. The men walked in from the back to the front center. The girls walked out one at a time. This was all a bit long considering there were 12 bridesmaids and 12 groomsmen. The ring bearers and flower girls did great. Harper was so nervous but she was totally fine as long as she was with Kayla. Kara came in and she was beautiful. The wedding was short and sweet. The girls did great standing up front, until about 15 minutes in and then they sat on the fireplace behind. It was beautiful to watch the families come up and pray for them and for them to take communion together for the first time as a married couple. We walked out to the back and around and Kara and Kevin took a few pictures with their families. We went down to help Harper with the pictures and figured out that she was super sick. She was burning up with fever but shaking because she was so cold. She wouldn't take any pictures so we just let Taylor and Carleigh take the girls back to the hotel and put them to bed.
After that, the reception started! We got introduced and then we all got to have dinner. It was so good - short rib brisket and mashed potatoes family style. After dinner, we had toasts and first dances. We had drinks and talked and laughed and had the best time. We got to sit by Stephanie and Jeff as well as Melinda and Aaron. We joked and chatted and danced all night. The men sat back and relaxed. Cody got to hang out with Troy and Micah from A&M so that was fun for him. The shoes came off because who stands for hours in 4 inch heels... Kara and Kevin danced all night long. It was a fabulous night! We started getting a bit tired by 10pm, because we had been doing wedding stuff for over 12 hours. But we made it to New Years. We tried to whip cream the car but the driver wouldn't let us. We got noise makers and hats and glow sticks. We bid them farewell with sparklers and love. Such a fabulous wedding!
We took the shuttle back, went to bed about 2am. I felt Harper's head and she was burning up at 2am but I didn't want to wake her if she was sleeping ok. However, she woke up at 6am with such a high fever spike that she started throwing up. It was a quick wake up for everyone. We all got it together and got dressed. Carleigh and I went down to get breakfast for everyone while Taylor and Harper watched cartoons. Cody and I took Harper to the urgent care at 8am and she got diagnosed with strep. We went back to the hotel and packed up and hit the road. She was feeling better with all the tylenol but we were all exhausted and ready to get home. We had lunch and napped on the way home. Played more trivia crack, ate more truffles. It was a fabulous and wonderful wedding weekend and we loved every minute of our family and celebrating our best friends getting married!