#RoadToArrieta : The Wedding!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The weekend of November 8th, my beautiful cousin tied the knot in the most stunning wine country wedding.
My family arrived early, early Thursday morning. It was SO good to finally hug my mom and brother (and cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents!!) after not seeing them for months! We headed into the city before meeting my cousins, grandparents and Uncle for lunch before heading to Sonoma!
Beckett seriously LOVES his Uncle Nic.
Instead of hotels, we all stayed in an the Alexander Valley Lodge- the most uniquely awesome house in the hills! It was seriously beautiful! If you ever find yourself up there with a large group of people, this is the place to stay! I didn't take any photos but these three from the property...
That first night, we all headed to Francis Ford Coppola Winery for dinner at Rustic. It was such a fantastic night. Great wine, good food, family, and some Academy Awards! 
Drinking Sofia at Coppola.. how fun!
We are all laughing in this pic. Our waiter kept saying '1..2..3!' and Beckett would turn around each time! He's looking in all the pics we took! 
Friday was the rehearsal, so we took it easy and grabbed a quick lunch at Shed in Healdsburg. Again, love this place! (Carmen had her rehearsal dinner there and I couldn't wait to go back!) We walked around the square and grabbed a couple a dozen cupcakes at Mustache Baked Goods before heading home to get ready for the rehearsal!
The wedding was at Trentadue Winery and it was just lovely. The lawn overlooked the vineyards which were nestled in lush trees. It was so romantic. The rehearsal went off without a hitch, and we all headed to the rehearsal dinner!
The rehearsal dinner was at Diavola Pizzeria in Healdsburg. It was so good to finally see both sides of the family come together for a beautiful evening honoring a beautiful couple. I even decided last minute to get up and say a few words.. if you know me and my history of speaking at wedding events, well you guessed correctly. I cried before I even spoke a word! CL even got up there too!
We headed home after dinner and skipped the afterparty at Spoon Bar, even though I seriously wanted to check it out. Next time!
We got up bright and early on Saturday to get ready for the wedding! I headed to the girls house while CL drove everyone around and my Mom watched Beckett for the day!
How cute is this? My Granddaddy and Beckett having a moment over lunch. Makes my heart smile!
It was a picture perfect day, and everyone was so relaxed. My Aunt Kari had a great breakfast spread with lots of bubbly while we all got our hair done and lunch in the afternoon. 
Everyone was so relaxed getting ready, especially the bride! 
 Opening her gift from her groom...
Her dress was seriously made for her.. it fit like a glove!
Once we were all ready, we hopped on the bus and headed to Trentadue to make it offical!
Hands down one of my favorite photos from the whole day!
The evening was perfect and the ceremony was beautiful.
Veronica's vision for the wedding came together seamlessly. (Recognize that handwriting? Yup! That's me!)
This sign was a labor of love! Claudia (my cousin/ MOH) did the artwork around the writing!
It was so fun dancing the night away with my family- even Beckett! He was such a trooper! We all had the best time. 
We skipped the after party (have I mentioned we are getting old?!) and got some sleep instead! Sunday we headed back to the city for one last lunch with everyone before everyone headed back to Texas.I already miss everyone and can't wait to hug them all again in a couple of days!
my mom took this.. while the car was moving! Go Giants!
 Congratulations to Veronica and Michael.. I wish you nothing but happiness and a successful marriage full of love (and babies!)
...now, who's getting hitched next?! I'm ready for another family reunion!!

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