Monday, November 14, 2011

Carters head south - Ben and Julia's wedding!

A few weeks ago, specifically the last weekend in October - we headed to Austin, TX for a wedding!!  One of Jimmy's best friend's Ben was set to marry Julia and we couldn't have been more excited to go down there and help them celebrate their big day!!!

Ben and Jimmy have known each other for a long time, but what's really fun is that Brittany/Jimmy have known Ben/Julia for a long time too.  I remember meeting Julia for the first time during the summer of 2006 when Jimmy and I went to Tulsa to celebrate Julia's 21st birthday at her parents house!  It was a fun time 5 years ago....and we have had lots of good times in between...but this weekend and wedding, well it's going to go to the top of the list of fun times with them.  We had a blast in Austin celebrating with them and hanging out with all the other wonderful people that came down to celebrate also!!!

Unfortunately, this was one of the few pictures that I shot of the beautiful outdoor rehearsal dinner at a delicious Mexican restaurant just down the street from the hotel we were all staying at.  It was perfect weather outside and the food - oh yum.  Anything you feed me with guacamole you should know I will love, but the chicken and steak with chips, beans, rice, etc.  YUM.  Oh and the beer was good.  Very good.

Table at the rehearsal dinner.  I should have taken more pictures.....

They did speeches for anyone that wanted to come up and talk about them.  That was really fun because there were lot of people I didn't know from Julia's side, so it was so fun to get to hear from them about Julia's life pre-Ben!!  There were some super hilarious stories, including one that ended with a toast to "Julia and Matt" - who happens to be Ben (the groom)'s brother.  So that was hilarious and embarrassing all at the same time.

Jimmy & I at the rehearsal dinner.  Jimmy got his jacket for $27 at Macy's on sale and told everyone about him.  I love rubbing off on him :) 

When that was over - we wasted NO time and headed straight to 6th Street.  I was SOOO excited for Jimmy to get to go out on 6th Street.  I had been 2 times before - and just knew he would be in love.  Visiting this city was on my "travel bucket list" for Jimmy pre-babies.  Because it's just one of those cities that I feel like everyone should visit - it's SO pretty and so fun and just great.  So I was thrilled when Julia said they were getting married in Austin!!  One city off of Jimmy's list that he needs to see!! haha!
OK - and the sixth street pictures start.  wow.
We headed to apparently the "tourist" side of 6th Street - which was crazy and full of very interesting people.  However, we continued to jump from bar to bar.  One was called the library I think and then another one the Chuggin Monkey.

Me, Sara and Hillary!
And our husbands - Bobby, Jimmy and Jay
Jay & Sara - the newlyweds!  Here's their wedding post
I find this picture hilarious.  This was the last bar of the night.
HM  - pretty sure this was on the long walk home AFTER the gross Cuban food.  Dave & I

Ok - so the next morning was a little rough, but we had a good time until around 3:30.  I was up bright and early and off to meet Liz and Rachel for breakfast which was delicious and so fun to catch up with them.  I even got to meet Rachel's boyfriend and he was SO nice and sweet and cute.  Rachel - he's a keeper!!!

The boys had to put on their suits and bow ties around 11AM, so at 1PM we were all finishing up getting ready to getting ready to head to the church.   The church was gorgeous and once we got there, I got to practice some of my new photography skills that I learned in a free class I took at UMKC.  I am so happy that I somewhat knew what I was doing this time around because I could adjust the white balance and shutter speed to get the lights just right in the church.  See the difference??

Before settings 

After settings

All right  - onto the good stuff.  The bride and groom, the ring bearer, the wedding party.  Oh my goodness.  She was a stunning bride and he played the great part of a handsome groom!!!
Look at this sweet little boy!  He had matching orange converse to the bride! 
The beautiful bride and her dad!

Ben & Julia- I love this picture!!!!

Ok - I might like this one more.  Look behind them at her sister and his brother (matron of honor and best man).  Pretty much they look like each other and check out their faces.  So fun! 
Kiss!  You are married!!!!!!!!

Heble looks mortified and Kate looks stunning!

Darcy and Danny - he's confused
And Jimmy with his cheeser grin!
and Joe! 
On the trolley and ready to party!!
Guys on the trolley
The trolley shenanigans.... 
The beautiful bride and her orange shoes!!
And - they are next for this group of friends to tie the knot!!  June 30!  Can't wait!
We got off the trolley and walked through an old house/museum to see this set up.  It was so beautiful!!!  The reception site was the Neill-Cochran House Museum in the heart of Austin.  It was built in 1855 and has lots of history.  Not sure how Julia found it - but it was so gorgeous!!

Tables outside the front of the house. 
Check out the BEAUTIFUL and delicious cake set up on the front porch -loved the colors!
Underneath the tent and the dance area.
Kristen with the fried macaroni!!
I'm not kidding when I say that I am pretty sure we were stalking the waiters and waitresses walking around when we first got there.  The appetizers?  Were to die for.  Above is a picture of the fried macaroni balls and then they had little shot glasses of tomato soup with mini grilled cheese sandwiches in them and to top it off - wait for it - FRIED PICKLES with ranch drizzled on top.  Wow.  No wonder we were stalking.   Plus they had awesome koozies.  You know the wedding will be great when they have some of those, right?!?!?

Of course we snagged a table to put our stuff down and went right to the bar while stuffing our faces with enjoying the delicious appetizers as everyone else arrived.  And snapped some pictures.  This was the only picture of Jimmy and I that we got all night.  I liked it - so it will do!  Love that orange bow tie!

Jimmy and Brittany
Then I snapped a few pictures of these cuties. Mac said that she didn't have enough pictures of her and Dan that were good.  I got a few!!  So cute!

Danny and MacKenzie
 The night kicked off with the intro to the wedding party and the bride and groom and then it was time for dinner.   And if it wasn't an indicator from the appetizers that the food was going to be good - well it was delicious.  There were three stations (one of homemade chips and two kinds of sliders, one of shrimp and grits and another of fish tacos) that you got to choose from - they were all so good!  So as we enjoyed the food and wonderful company - they kicked off the speeches.  These were some GREAT speeches.  First up was the matron of honor, Julia's sister Allie and her brother Will.  He surprised her and came in from Germany unexpectedly where he is playing basketball!  It was such a great surprise and so glad that she got to have her brother a part of the special day. I liked this shot of Ben and Julia listening to the speech!

Then was the best man speech.  Ben's older brother, Matt did a phenomenal job.  It was hilarious and exactly how a Cindrich man would do it.  I kind of want to hear it again because it was that funny.  

And then some dancing.....

Julia and her dad
 And finally - the bride and groom kicked off the dance floor and thanked everyone for being there and have a GREAT time!!  They are so cute!!

So when they announced it was time to dance.  Jimmy wasn't shy at all and jumped right in.  He grabbed the bride's hand and started dancing - and then swung her around (he thinks he's a great dancer) and guessed it.  He knocked her over.  And there was a little nip slip (aka the brides boob kind of popped out).  Of course Jimmy was mortified.  The funny thing was that Julia completely laughed it off and when we talked about it over this recent weekend she said it didn't phase her - except that she just needed Jimmy's help to get up and he was just standing there in shock that he dropped her. Oh Jimmy.

So with some dancing, talking and lots of fun, we capped the night off with some pictures of the girls that were all there!

Hillary, me, MacKenzie, Sara, Nancy and Kristen
Me, Mac and Kristen

When it was over - we were sad but very tired!  It was the weekend and night of the Texas/KU football game so the reception was over around the same time as the game so the traffic was terrible and we couldn't get a ride back to the hotel.  So Jimmy did what he does best and improvised - and hailed us a Domino's pizza delivery guy.  Yep.  He apparently thought it was a cab because of the light on the top and the kid stopped.  Jimmy said sorry he thought he was a cab - and what did the kid say?  He immediately asked if we were cops and we said no and he said "jump in".  Um ok.  Unfortunately there was no pizza still in the car, but Bobby, Jimmy, Hillary and I rode home with the 18 year old pizza delivery guy that was very nice.  Apparently he does it often and makes some great extra cash.  Pretty sweet gig.

We got back to the hotel and went upstairs to change and then met the rest of the party down in the hotel bar to cap off the night.  There were TONS of people from Kansas City there, all Aquinas friends and parents, so we had plenty of great conversation.

The next morning, we all got up and went to this delicious burger place on sixth street and then walked around the campus because our flight wasn't until 3PM.  So when we arrived back in KC, I pretty much wanted to go straight to bed.  And I'm pretty sure I did.

Overall, what a fun weekend!!  So glad we were able to be a part of Ben and Julia's day and so happy for them.  Being at the wedding and seeing how in love and happy they were made me want to marry Jimmy again!  Ok - not all the work that went into it, but it's SO fun and your wedding day is so amazing.  Cheers!!

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