On Tuesday the 10th, it was finally the wedding day! (BTW, this is a very photo heavy post, but I think you will all love the photos.)
Since the wedding didn’t start until 4:30, my brother and the rest of my family spent the morning relaxing at our rental house.
My parents and I got ready at the house, but my brother got ready at the hotel he had reserved for that night. We all went to the hotel together and just before we left for the wedding, we got this picture of all of us.
Yes, I wore that dress to Marie and Chris’s wedding last year, but Krystle wanted me to wear it. Her mom, my mom, and I all wore lace dresses so I think she wanted us to match a bit.
We then drove 5 minutes down the road for the wedding. It looked just as beautiful as it did for the rehearsal the day before.
While we waited in the air-conditioned bar, guests started to show up. Ross had a couple of friends from elementary school and college there.
And the guys got him this gift for his wedding.
Finally, it was time for the wedding to start. I walked with my parents down the aisle and took our seats in the first row. Then Ross was there waiting for his bride.
Because the sun was in our eyes, it was tough for me to get photos of the wedding (I’m sure the professional photos will look awesome though). I did get one that turned out nicely.
It was a pretty quick ceremony (they did write their own vows though). And before you knew it, the officiant was announcing the new Dr. and Mrs. Levin!
We all headed back up the aisle to celebrate the wedding.
I got a picture with my new sister.
And of course a picture of the bling.
Then the family headed over to the side for the official pictures. I tried to snap a couple of my own between shots. This one is of me, my brother, and our cousin Adam.
Then Ross and Krystle went off to take their photos alone and the rest of us went to enjoy cocktail hour with an amazing sunset.
Just as cocktail hour was coming to a close, Ross and Krystle joined us again.
And we headed inside for dinner.
I was seated at the head table with the rest of the immediate family. It was nice that we all got some time to chat because I know how tough it can be at some weddings.
Dinner was 4 courses (when you counted cake). And it was seriously delicious!
There wasn’t really a cake cutting (just a photo-op), so I didn’t get any pictures of that.
After the food, it was time for dancing.
There was the traditional first dance.
And then even though I think technically we weren’t supposed to have music out on the deck where the dance floor was, the wedding coordinator plugged her iPhone into a speaker so we could have some good dance music!
I spent a lot of the dancing time just catching up with family. We don’t get to see each other all too often, so I take advantage of any time I get.
I also got this picture with two of Ross’s oldest friends (they’ve all known each other since kindergarten). My dad may or may not have said a pretty dirty word to try to get us to smile (which explains the surprise face on one of Ross’s friends).
Overall, I’d say it was a pretty great wedding. It was very small, but that made it easy to talk to people. And I think Ross and Krystle were beyond happy with how everything turned out.
I still have a few more Hawaii posts ahead with the rest of my activities, so those will be coming next week!