So, last Wednesday Jenn and I packed up and headed out on the road. First stop was in Bay City to drop off a few items to make room in the car, as my Mom and Sue said they would bring them up for us. Then, we headed south to Romulus and checked into our hotel right across from the airport. It was kind of cool, because the planes heading to DTW flew rather close, and we got to see them closer than anybody normally would. After checking in and resting for an hour or so, we headed over to Ann Arbor and ate some Joe’s Crab Shack (amazing place, I had never been there but Jenn had with her mom) and then to the Ann Arbor Mall for some bumming. We also went to Moose Jaw and REI looking for my Julbo Sherpa’s, but I decided they were just a little too out there, even for me. Whole Foods was next to REI, so we also walked around there. Quite an interesting store, not like your ordinary super market. Wish there was one closer to us, their selection would be nice to have. After that, we drove through DTW to make sure Jenn could find the pickup area and headed back to the hotel.
Thursday morning Jenn picked up Gwen and her baby Gabe and brought them to the hotel to sleep for a bit. Once we were all up (again for some) we packed up and were back on the road. We made it up to Bay City and stopped at the mall to get my tux and Johnny’s vest and tie, then stopped at Target to pick up some Theraflu and Mucinex for me (had been coming down with a flu or something for few days, wanted to make sure it was gone by Saturday) then headed north again. Finally, we made it up to Alpena, and stayed the night at Jenn’s parents.
Friday morning Jenn had errands to do, including her dress and Gwen’s. I stayed with her Dad and we picked up some items for the centerpieces. Come the afternoon we al headed for Lewiston to check in at Garland. Garland had us in a single villa, which was beautiful. Jenn’s parents had the double villa right behind the Great Room, which was nice for Jenn to change and have somewhere to run back to during the reception. We got checked in and met up with Todd and Ashley ow were there a little before us, then had our rehearsal out back at the ceremony site. Our reception dinner was then at Subway, as Lewiston has few options, and Subway is nice and cheap. After dinner we went in the big hot tub for a while, then as they arrived I met up with my Mom and Sue, then my Dad, Grandma, and Uncles Craig’s family.
By this point in the night, my thumb was killing me. To make our centerpieces, I had to bend 2 dozen wires, which I bent largely using my hands. I had created a blister on the outer edge of my thumb and being sick, it was infected and filled with puss. So, I lanced it myself after 3 days of soreness. It looked rather like chinese mustard actually.
Finally, we were at Saturday morning, W-Day. We woke up and headed to the Great Room to decorate for the reception, with Todd, Ashley, my Mom and Sue, and several others helping. My mom and Sue took the chair covers to the laundromat to try and de-wrinkle them while Todd, Bill (Jenn’s sister’s fiance) and I working on center pieces, and Ashley doing place cards. We also set out our pumpkin (Todd had brought it up for us, and was the only person to touch it until Jenn and I got it home) and the mini pumpkins, got the chair covers on, and the girls went in turns to go get their hair done. As people got up to Garland through the day, they would stop in to say hi, including my Uncle Steve and family who got in around 6 AM and got what sleep they could right after arriving.
With everything seeming to be set up, I headed back to our villa to shower, but realized I had some time and invited some Jon and Greg from Ferris to the hot tub first. I went back to the villa and changed, then to the Hot Tub to soak a bit with the two of them plus Dane and Andy that they had found on their way (also from Ferris). Then , back to the villa which I couldn’t get into. I run back up to the main lodge (which is not a short stroll by any means) and they inform me I was checked out, and in a different villa that night, wtf? So, I straighten that out and head back to change, passing the photographer on the way and letting him know I won’t be ready for pictures at 3, about 10 min away. Get up there, shower, change, back to Main Lodge to find Todd and hopefully my brother, the best man, who still wasn’t there yet that I knew of. So, I found them all, go pictures of us taken, find out flowers are there and get our buttoners and deliver corsages to my Mom and Grandma, then meet whoever I find and wait for 5:00.
And that, is enough for now. The exciting part next time, followed by the honeymoon (well, parts of it) following that. Yes folks, a 3-part series.