Jason & I drove up to VA to begin the wedding weekend Thursday morning. After I quick lunch with Mom, Dad & the husband, Mom & I rushed off to Carytown’s Bombshell salon for a spray tan. Fifteen or so minutes later I was feeling sticky with the promise of tan within 4-8 hours. I could definitely see a difference that afternoon & definitely that night.

More family arrived & five of us {Papa, Nana, Mom, Jason & I} piled into my brother’s two-door Civic & made our way downtown to the Marriott. As part of their wedding package, my brother & sister-in-law had the presidental suite Thurs-Sat. It was fabulous & the location for Thursday night’s cocktail party hosted by Beth’s aunt, uncle & cousins. For those who remember by outfit dilemma post, I decided to wear the blues dizzy Boden dress that night. It was so fun to meet more of Beth’s family & a few more of the other bridesmaids as well as seeing other family & friends to get the celebration on!

And the wedding partying begins!

We stayed for just a little over an hour although we learned the next day that the party was still going around 11p. We traded the Civic for my parents usual SUV {that Beth had used to pick up her dress} & we’re back home in time for a late dinner with the other family members who’d arrived. After catching up at dinner, Papa got a phone call letting him know that my great-aunt Virg {my Ma’s sister} who’d had a serious stroke last Saturday had passed away. We were expecting it but it was still sad. Mom & Papa called family while Becky & Nana helped me make Beth’s ribbon bouquet. So bittersweet.

I was going to post about Friday here too but I split it up so it’s not the-longest-post-ever.