Hello there! I am now back and writing from my Toronto home, but if you’d had caught me two days ago, my desk would have looked a little more like this…
I spent last week at home with family to celebrate my brother’s wedding, which ended up being a week long celebration it seems. We aren’t even Ukrainian, but boy did I get a taste of what those “three days weddings” are like. Me being part of the bridal party – not to mention family – made the days leading up, and following, just that much more celebratory. And busy. I have much to reflect on about my time at home – and this will come in a later post – but for today, I wanted to just give tribute to my brothers’ wedding and the events that were enjoyed in celebration. Let’s just say, it was one heck of a week.
It was a week of pure support. I witnessed an entire community of friends and family come together to show their love for two very awesome people. Everything from making and dropping off food, to driving people around, to buying coffees, to helping decorate, people came from all over to lend a hand.
Basically the entire week was full of the most food I’ve ever seen in my life.
Thanks to the incredible dedication of the other bridesmaids, we planned and threw together a bridal shower for my now sister-in-law. It was held late so that those of us flying in could attend.
At first we were worried we wouldn’t have enough food. Ha!…
Desserts had to be cast to a make shift chair bar when all table surfaces were filled…
I thought there was an over abundance of food at the shower, but then we moved onto the wedding rehearsal dinner, held at my house.
We had a massive buffet of pulled pork and veggie burgers and filled my house with the relaxed vibe of “help yourself”
The rehearsal and dinner just so happened to also be on my birthday.
I made it clear that this was not my day and needed no attention – happily so! – but I was still spoiled to be presented with my favorite cake – of the carrot variety, of course. I helped myself to the biggest slice there, as the birthday girl should. There were even a few candles for me to blow out.
Happy Birthday to me
However, my cake was just one part of the dessert smorgasbord
The wedding day was perfect. Albeit ridiculously emotional. Geez louise!! I knew I was a goner after we had our rehearsal, but I thought I’d at least make it to when the bride walked down the aisle. Nnnnope. The moment I got to the front and saw the other bridesmaids coming down I was a freaking blubbering baffoon.
It was an incredibly beautiful ceremony.
Then…. we partied. I ate a delicious meal. I laughed till my belly hurt on more than one occasion. I drank an impressive amount of wine. I danced into the wee morning hours. And tapped the night off with a big slab of cake. All the cake.
Only picture. ‘Cause who got time for that when dancing shoes are on!?…
All in all a truly wonderful evening full of reunions, family, memories and fun.
Then – oh no, we weren’t done yet – the abundance of food only continued. We held a spectacular brunch at my brother’s house where, once again, I witnessed the most food in one room I think I’ve ever seen. There were people scrambling eggs, people flipping pancakes, massive roasters of sausages, hash browns casseroles, cinnamon buns and enough homemade muffins to feed a village. Literally.
And coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
Mcdee’s to the rescue!
I may or may not have raded all the sticker cups…. shh………
I couldn’t help but feel the support and love all around. I felt so lucky to be surrounded by such a truly amazing group of people. I reunited with many old friends – a lovely surprise – and began new ones. I was filled with a wonderful, warm sense of belonging, which if you read my previous post, you may guess how much this meant to me. A true reminder of what really matters.
Relaxing and catching up with friends
By the end of the week… let’s just say we all needed a little nap.
I love my brother. It feels really hard – surprisingly hard – for me to “give him away.” I get super emotional when I think about us growing up and all he’s done for me, and now the man he’s become. God, I can’t believe he’s married! But to celebrate the family he is now creating, and how happy he is, is something pretty darn special. I must say he looked pretty darn handsome, too.
No professional photos yet, but I managed to steal a few for the mean time!
Thanks for letting me document this wonderful week. As I mentioned, I have more I want to share about my time at home. But until then, have a wonderful weekend!A Week Of Celebration: My Brother's Wedding! #family #weddings #food #celebration Click To Tweet
Do you get surprisingly emotional at weddings?
What would be in your dream breakfast bar?
This double chocolate loaf may resemble an indulgent dessert, but I assure you it fits…