Happy two week wedding anniversary to Catherine and John!
It was a beautiful, whirlwind weekend, and before too much more time goes by, I want to be sure to remember it here.
I flew to DC Friday morning, excited for a fun trip to the city and ELATED to celebrate Catherine’s wedding. Christie and I both traveled solo, and it was so fun to enjoy a baby-free trip with a friend. Almost exactly two years prior to this photo being taken, we were DAYS away from becoming mothers-our babies were born five hours apart. Isn’t that wild?
The wedding hotel was the Mayflower, and arriving at the hotel, I felt so transported to classic DC-which was exactly the mood of the whole weekend.
Saturday morning, we all got ready and made our way to the church. The National Presbyterian Church was stunning.
Even more stunning? The beautiful bride! Everyone kept saying how breathtakingly lovely Catherine looked, and it was so true. The word that kept coming up over and over to describe Catherine was “grace.” Grace perfectly sums up Catherine. She’s a graceful person and was a beautiful, graceful bride.
It was so special seeing Catherine’s parents and their equally graceful excitement before the ceremony. Also, Jonah, the sweet ring-bearer is in the corner of this photo-he was darling!
After the ceremony, organ performance (!!), and sword ceremony, it was reception time!
One thing I LOVED: instead of a salad course, Catherine wanted a pasta course-genius. So, the evening began with delicious gnocchi :)
Catherine and her sister are incredible dancers, and their family always performs a sibling dance at weddings. This performance was pretty amazing:
Taryn and Jenna flew out for the wedding and it was so special to see them. I only wish we had more time to catch up, but I’m so grateful we were all together at the wedding.
The toasts were ALL great, and I especially loved when John and Catherine thanked their family and friends for attending and shared some more of their story. This moment is SO Catherine :)
I think I’ve used the word beautiful a bit too much here, but it truly was a beautiful day, full of so much love.
After a leisurely brunch on Sunday at the hotel, we all said goodbye to Catherine and John before they left for their honeymoon. How cool is this-John completely surprised Catherine with their honeymoon. As in she found out the destination THAT morning and they flew out THAT night. And he planned the whole thing. AND-they are honeymooning in Easter Island!! I can barely keep dinner plans a surprise, I can’t imagine planning a whole honeymoon. Incredible!
Christie hadn’t been to DC in over 20 years, and so, after the Farewell Brunch, we decided to do a Lightening Round DC Greatest Hits tour. The weather was miserable, and we only had 1.5 hour before she had to leave for her flight, so it was definitely a fast-track tour (with help from Lyft :)). We started at the Supreme Court, walked to the Capitol, walked down the Mall, picked one museum (American History), said hi to Julia Child’s kitchen, admired the First Lady exhibit, and took in the view of the Washington Monument (from the Mall). For me, it was a fun nostalgia tour, as I frequently walked that loop when we lived in DC, and a treat to show it to someone else.
(I love how Julia’s kitchen wraps around the kitchen table; you don’t see that much anymore. It’s so inviting.)
And-the best part-more best friend time! Katie and Dave kindly let me stay with them Sunday night in Alexandria. It was a delight to finally see their beautiful house and it was very special seeing Parker and Jack.
Meanwhile, at home…Diego kicked off March Birthday Month with a family party in Stockton. I love this picture of David and Diego. Excited to write more about all his second birthday festivities soon :)