What a beautiful scene! Whitney picked a lovely wedding spot in the town where I grew up, June Lake, California. Kris, Katie, Rio and I packed up on Thursday and headed south for the most gorgeous stretch of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We had a great little hotel that had a full kitchen, which was great because we packed a cooler to make the trip a little cheaper! Plus a bit of wine and bubbly 🙂
On Thursday was the Rehearsal Dinner. It was raining a little bit, but the air was fresh. We were pumped to see where whit would be tying the knot and where we’d get to stand by her side! Katie and I look for any reason to wear a dress and had fun getting ready together, it had been a while since we ‘dolled up’ together. We met the guys, who were great, as well as the rest of the wedding party and family.
After the rehearsal, we headed to a restaurant where the parents of the groom hosted a nice dinner, we didn’t stay much past eating, everyone was ready to party! Literally the whole party relocated to the house Whit and Nick rented down canyon, it was gorgeous and with an incredible view of the mountains.
The thing was that the most beautiful places seem to end up on a steep hill. We decided to walk up the hill instead of waiting for Nick to come pick us up but Whit’s hills were hurting her feet so Katie did her bridesmaid duty and offered a piggy back ride. Thankfully, Nick showed back up fairly fast!
[Katie and I had already changed into our comfy clothes, dresses only last so long as we get older–lol]
It was really fun to be back here, I think dad really enjoyed it too! Look at those mountains! These aren’t even the huge ones, facing the other way shows the breathtaking ones!!
Can you believe that?! Anyhow, we had a fun time being silly and meeting all of Whit and Nick’s most special friends and family (those that we didn’t already know).
The next day was a free day, we took it easy. Gabrielle came into town from Mammoth and brought pizza! It was a lovely treat to see her!! Cousins are amazing! Except I didn’t get any photos… After hangin with Gab, we met up with Whit and Nick who had rented 3 pontoon boats. We were anchored and tied together out in the middle of June Lake. It was real fun, they had dogs, beer, snacks and music! But it didn’t last long. They had been out on the lake all day, we showed up towards the end of the day and by the time we did, the wind had picked up so we headed to shore.
Nick’s parents hosted another great evening at a park. They had made a bazillion bean and cheese burritos and a bunch of chips and salsa. It seemed like a really practical way to feed a bunch of peeps. They were great! Katie and Kris drank a bit tonight, I really didn’t want to, I didn’t want to have an upset tummy in the morning while we were setting everything up. Since I am an old lady I have to think of things like that.?Eventually, we headed home. Kate and Kris had a fun time (as did I, just not in the same way! ha), and I was happy to drive.
And that was Whit and Nick’s last night as singletons.?They were traditional and slept separately and the boys woke up and promptly left the house to go fishing.
We headed back to our hotel. Kris’ sister Kim and her bf bobby made it to town for the wedding. Kris and the two of them went to dinner at the Tiger Bar, but Katie and I wanted to cruise around town (on foot of course, and with Rio!). So we walked around town and found the candy shop and got some ice cream and said hi to Cathy and Ralph. We walked back to the hotel and had fun chatting and being silly. Katie had been so worried that she’d be sad without her girls, but I think she left her role as a mother at home, and just assumed the role of sister and had an amazing time.
The next morning, we woke up early to try to find coffee in town. You’d think with so many early fishermen, there’d be some cafes open early. We were up by 6 and in need of caffeine. We found a spot that opened at 7, it was 6:45 so we just loitered before getting some coffee and treats. Rio was not a good guest in June Lake, she barked at everyone. By 10 we were at the venue deep in our duties. Table set up, center pieces, bouquets, boutineers, etc. It was all hands on deck! We managed to get everything done by the time the hair girls showed up. By noon, were in our silk robes (gift from whit) getting primped with mimosas!!
What a beautiful bride! I can’t wait to see all the professional pics!!
And there she is!
This post has gotten really long! So I’ll post my few wedding pics and just say that the night was phenomenal. The weather was perfect, the sky was blue (no smoke from the fire over the mountain) and we danced the night away. Oh ya, I gave a toast too. I really liked doing that for NiNi!
If I have any others from her photographer, I’ll post them. I am so thankful and honored to have been part of Whitney’s most special day. She was a beautiful bride and will be a wonderful wife!